Graduate FAQs



Q: Is there a chance Commencement will be cancelled and "go virtual" like last year?

A: Over the past year, the university has developed a variety of plans to celebrate the class of 2021 in light of the current public health emergency. While we are confident that the current plan will be executed, it will be evaluated monthly to ensure the health and safety of attendees can be guaranteed. Should changes need to occur, graduates and the university community will be notified. 

Q: Why is Commencement being held in Darrell K. Royal Stadium instead of the Main Mall?

A. An event of this size requires physical distancing, compliance with public health guidelines, and a tightly controlled number of attendees. DKR Stadium meets these requirements and has the specifications necessary for a ceremony like Commencement. 



Q: Why do we need tickets to attend?

A. Attendance at the university-wide ceremony for graduates has always required a ticket. The only change to the ticketing policy is the addition of tickets needed for guests of the graduate. 

Q: Can we request more than two tickets for guests?

A: No. Each graduate will be allotted two guest tickets. Should capacity regulations change, graudates will be notified if additional guest tickets are available. 

Q: How and when can I get tickets?

A: More information about ticket distribution will be shared later this spring. 



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 at all convocations and commencement ceremonies. They may be acquired at the University Co-op. The Co-op also supplies announcements and other graduation items.