Information for Guests

We are excited to share this day with you! Please review the information below and throughout this site to answer your questions about the big day!



Degree candidates will receive a select number of tickets to the ceremony due to space limitations. The Salute event will be the first opportunity for students to obtain their tickets. Tickets for Commencement will be issued to graduates once the checkout process has been completed. After Salute, undergraduates may bring their completed checkout form to the Student Life Office, located in the Student Center, suite E240.

Commencement tickets are issued to you for use by your family and friends. If you do not intend to use your tickets, please return them to the Student Life Office so they can be distributed on an equitable basis. Under no circumstances should tickets be sold.

A waitlist will be created at the Salute event for students wishing to request additional tickets.


Guests of masters and doctoral candidates will not need tickets to attend the ceremony.


For information about parking and shuttles (Undergraduate Ceremony only), please click the button on the right of this page.

Flowers & Mines Gear

Our Bookstore will be set up for sales on the Concourse level for the Undergraduate Ceremony. We will have flowers and t-shirts available to purchase from an approved vendor outside the venue by Gate 1. You can pre-order items here:

For the Graduate Ceremony, the main Bookstore will be open for sales. The Bookstore is located in the Student Center right next door to Lockridge Arena. The vendor selling flowers and t-shirts will be set up on the second level of the Student Rec Center across from Subway (Subway will not be open for business during this event, but you can get food or a snack at Starbucks next door in the Student Center). Pre-orders are available here:

Security Request

We ask that all graduates and their guests refrain from bringing bags, backpacks and large purses to the Commencement Ceremony.