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Frequently Asked Questions

family at commencement
What events do I need to attend? When do I need to arrive on campus?
All events are optional, at your convenience. Most families should arrive early, by Saturday morning.
What is the dress code?
There is no dress code for events, but a simple guide would be to wear what you are comfortable in, especially footwear (for walking to events).
How long is the ceremony?
Commencement runs approximately 2 1/2 hours. You can make plans to get “on the road” accordingly after that.
Is there handicap parking?
Handicap parking is in the Alumni Lot for chapel events, the library lot for torchlight, and by Reid Athletic Center for the commencement ceremony. If you need special drop-off arrangements, see a campus safety officer for assistance. Please view the commencement weekend parking map for more details. For safety reasons we ask that there are no drop-offs on Broad Street (NY Stage Hwy 12B).
Do you provide wheelchairs?
We have a wheelchair available that can be used for transportation to seats.
On-campus housing/keys
Seniors are instructed to pick up keys for guests from Residential Life the Monday-Friday before the weekend. Confirmation of room reservations will go out the first week of May.
Do we need to bring our own linen?
No, linens are provided for the on-campus housing.
Can we get additional tickets?
Graduating seniors will be able to request up to six guest tickets for the ceremony. Closed circuit viewing of the ceremony will be available at Golden Auditorium for additional family members that would like to attend the event. All family members are invited to attend the ice cream social following the ceremony.
How can I get concert tickets?
Admission to concerts is on first-come, first-served basis. There are no tickets.
What is the on-campus housing refund policy?
Cancellation requests, for full refunds, must be received before Friday, April 27, 2018.
When are future commencement dates?
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 17, 2020
  • May 16, 2021
Are graduating seniors permitted to have private celebratory picnics on university property?

Graduating seniors may have private picnics during commencement weekend in designated locations on university-owned property; adjacent to residence halls, university-owned student housing on Broad and College Streets, and Townhouses, between the hours of 2 pm - 8 pm on both Saturday and Sunday during commencement weekend. Free-standing canopies may be used; however, stakes and tents are not permitted. The prohibition on open containers will remain in place, with the exception of the specific location of the picnic during these designated time frames. Kegs are not permitted on university property at any time.