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College Commencement

143rd Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Griswold Stadium
(inclement weather location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
Final venue will be announced the Monday before commencement


General Q&A

  • How do I get a wheelchair/special accommodation?

    Please fill out the form on the following website: OR find the “Special Needs” tab on the right hand colum. We are not able to guarantee any special accommodations requests that were made after May 1st.

  • Where do I go the day of commencement?

    Students need to be present for lineup at 2pm. For an on-campus ceremony, the location will be FIELDS, TEMPLETON. For an off-campus ceremony, the exact room will be TBD and advertised.

  • Am I graduating?

    Check with the undergraduate registrar’s office.

  • When does commencement end?

    Approximately 5:30pm.

  • What do the tassels and ribbons mean, and where do I get them?

    A green cord represents Latin honors; a gold tassel represents departmental honors; a silver cord represents service in Campus Living. Eligible seniors will either receive an email from the respective offices or will receive the cords/tassel with their cap and gown.

  • When do I receive my diploma?

    The Registrar will mail diplomas after final grades are posted and student accounts are cleared (approximately two weeks after commencement).

  • Do I need tickets for commencement?

    Tickets are not currently needed for Griswold Stadium. Should tickets be needed for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the process will be published here on the website well in advance of May 7th.

  • What happens if it rains?

    In the event of inclement weather (rain or extreme heat), the ceremony will be moved to Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The final venue will be announced Monday, May 2nd at 8am, and advertised here on the website.

  • Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?

    Your cap and gown are free, and will be ordered automatically from your degree application.


More commencements:

February 18th, 2016

March 6th, 2016

March 14th, 2016

April 5th, 2016

May 6th, 2016