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College Commencement

143rd Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Griswold Stadium

Watch the Livestream (2015 Commencement)

Backup stream available here


General Q&A

  • How do I get a wheelchair/special accommodation?

    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 1pm in Fields, Templeton.

  • Am I graduating?

    Check with the undergraduate registrar’s office.

  • When does commencement end?

    Approximately 5pm.

  • 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).

  • How do I get more tickets?

    Fire regulations dictate the seating capacity of Pamplin Sports Center, and unfortunately we are not able to accommodate more than the two tickets per graduating senior. It is recommended that seniors ask their peers whether they have any extra tickets available.

  • Do I need tickets?

    Tickets are only needed if the ceremony is moved to Pamplin Sports Center. Each graduating senior receives two complimentary tickets.

  • What happens if it rains?

    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Pamplin Sports Center. A location change will be announced no later than the day prior to the ceremony date.

  • 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.