For Your Guests

COMMENCEMENT LOCATION AND TIME
The Commencement Exercises will be held in the W. A. C. Hughes Memorial Stadium and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Guests should be seated by 9:00 a.m. to witness the procession.   In case of rain, graduates and guests should bring umbrellas; as Hughes Memorial Stadium is an open stadium (not enclosed).


COMMENCEMENT LOCATION IN CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER
In the event of severe weather conditions (thunderstorm, strong winds, etc.), Commencement Exercises will be held in the Hill Field House, and admission tickets will be required. Only in the case of severe weather will guests be required to have admission tickets. Under those circumstances, graduating students may have three guests, and students may pick up those three admission tickets immediately following Rehearsal on May 20, 2016. Those guest who do not have admit tickets for Hill Field House may view the Exercises at satellite locations in Murphy Fine Arts Center and the University Student Center.


PARKING AND SEATING FOR THE MOBILITY-IMPAIRED
Parking for guests who have impaired mobility will be available on Lot L/M. Police offic­ers will be strategically located throughout the campus to provide traffic and parking directions. Guests with mobility impairments will be able to sit in designated areas. Ushers will be available to provide instructions and assistance. Professional signers will sign for the hearing-impaired.


GENERAL PARKING/DIRECTIONS
Complimentary parking will be available on the following University parking lots and garages: Commons Garage (adjacent to the University Student Center), North Campus Garage (CBEIS/Engineering), Lot CE (surface CBEIS/Engineering), Lot T/V (Blount Towers/Rawlings Hall/Marshall Apts.), Lot U (Montebello), Lot Z (across from Alumni House) and Lot Y (behind Murphy Fine Arts Center). For the convenience of our guests, shuttle services will be provided to and from the Commencement Exercises and will be available for the mobility impaired.

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FIRST-AID SERVICES
For first-aid services, graduates should see the marshals, and guests should see the ushers. Ambulance service will be available for emergencies.


RADIO BROADCAST
The Commencement Exercises will be broadcast live over WEAA-FM Radio Station, 88.9 FM, and streamed live on this website.


PROHIBITED ITEMS AT GRADUATION
The following items are prohibited for ALL individuals (faculty, administration, staff, graduates, other participants and patrons, etc.) attending the Graduation Ceremonies:

  • alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs carried in by patrons
  • glass bottles or metal containers
  • ice chests or large coolers
  • bota bags or wine skins
  • sticks, bats, or clubs, including any attachments
  • fireworks, firearms, or other weapons or simulated weapons
  • bullhorns or other artificial noisemakers
  • framed backpacks
  • animals other than certified guide dogs for the disabled
  • balloons, drones, or other airborne devices
  • food and beverages
  • cell phones that are not turned off or placed on vibrate