Details for Family and Friends

  • No tickets are required for guests attending Commencement and there is no limit to the number of guests which each student may invite.
  • For guests, seating is first come, first served, and the arena doors open at 8:30 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony and at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Events will begin on time. University officials recommend guests arrive early and leave non-essential bags at home or in the car; mandatory checks of all bags entering Bartow Arena could slow entry.
  • Family and friends will not be permitted on the arena floor after the ceremony in order to allow graduates to exit and for staff to prepare for the next event. Our new alumni are asked to meet their family and friends at an agreed-upon location on the concourse or outside of Bartow Arena.
  • Please visit the General Information section for more details about parking, lodging, directions, and special needs.