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Attending Commencement

Welcome, and congratulations on your graduate's remarkable achievement of earning a college degree! Commencement is not only a major event in a graduate's life but also a celebration and acknowledgement of you—friends and family—who have provided guidance, care and support to the new graduate. We hope the information on this website will help you have the most enjoyable experience possible on this special day.


  • Doors will open approximately 2 hours before the ceremony. You will be seated in the Exhibit Halls C/D of the Convention Center.
  • All names will be called. The ceremony should take approximately 2—2.5 hours
  • After the ceremony, please exit the Convention Center immediately at the Main Entrance off of Market Street to congratulate your graduate. No re-entry will be allowed.


No ticket is required. There will be open seating for guests.

Noisemakers, Balloons, Flowers and Refreshments

No noisemakers, balloons, flowers (unless purchased at the Alumni table) or outside refreshments will be allowed inside the Convention Center. Minimal concessions will be available.