Graduate FAQs

Below are answers to common questions regarding the 2022 Spring Commencement. This page will be updated with additional FAQs between now and the ceremony. 


Q: Who is included in the 2022 Spring Commencement?

A: This university-wide ceremony will celebrate students who graduated in December 2021, and those who will graduate in May or August 2022. Graduates who completed their degrees outside of these timeframes should contact their college or school to determine their eligibility to participate. If they are confirmed eligible, the college or school will share their information with University Events.

Degree candidates do not need to "register" or "RSVP" to attend the university-wide ceremony. Once approved to graduate by a college or school, the student's information will be shared with University Events to allow them access to the university-wide ceremony. Graduate information from previous semesters (e.g. December 2021 graduates) has already been shared with University Events. 

Q: Are the individual colleges also having graduation ceremonies or will there be just one big ceremony? 

A: Colleges and schools will contact degree candidates with information regarding their specific program recognizing the class of 2022. The schedule for these events can be found here. The schedule page also provides links to the event-specific webpage if available.

Q: Will graduates walk the stage or have their names read at the university-wide event?

A: The university-wide ceremony does not include individual recognition of the graduates (walking the stage, announcing of names, etc.), rather it is the official conferring/announcement of all degrees awarded. Individual recognition takes place on the college, school, or department level.  

Q: Why is the university-wide ceremony taking place in DKR-TMS instead of on the Main Mall?

A: After conversations with leadership, campus events staff and others, the university has determined that DKR-TMS will provide our students and their families and friends with the safest and best overall experience, just as it did last year.

Q: What time do graduates need to arrive for the university-wide ceremony?

A: For the first time since 2019, the university-wide ceremony will begin with a student procession by school. Graduates will be led in by faculty marshals into the stadium onto the field where they will be seated with their fellow graduates. Graduates must arrive at their marshaling area (to be shared the week of Commencement) by 6:45 p.m.


Q: How and when can I get tickets?

A: Graduates may get their free graduate ticket to gain access to the student processional online in mid-May. Information will be sent to graduates about this process at that time. Please visit the Ticket page for more details.

Q: Will I be admitted without a ticket if I'm in my cap and gown (regalia)?

A: No. Graduates will only be admitted if they have a graduate ticket. 


Q: Do I need to wear a cap and gown? If so, where can I buy them?

A: A cap and gown, commonly referred to as "academic regalia," are traditionally worn during Commencement and may be purchased through the University Co-op. The Co-op also offers announcements and other graduation items. More information about regalia, including important deadlines, can be found here.