FAQ

Q: What is the clear bag policy?

Game-day rules are enforced at Commencement. All guests must abide by the UA's clear bag policy for entry into the stadium. No outside containers, large bags, backpacks, or parcels will be permitted. All in-hand items must be placed in the appropriate and approved clear bag. Please visit the UA BookStores website to purchase one today!

Q: Can I watch the Commencement ceremony online?

Those who are unable to attend or choose to stay home for the ceremony may stream the event live via Arizona Public Media.

Q: What is the difference between a Commencement and a Convocation?

Convocations are the ceremonies each individual college and/or department organizes to honor their graduates. In most cases, the student's name is read aloud and they proceed across a stage. Commencement is the university-wide celebration all colleges attend, where the students' degrees are conferred by the UA President.  

Q: Will my name be in the program?

*August candidates will be listed in the Commencement program for the preceding May. December/Winter candidates, whose degrees have been awarded, will be listed in the following Spring Commencement program.

Example: the program for this May 2017 will contain the names of: December 2016/Winter 2016 (awarded), May 2017 (applied), August 2017 (applied)

Q: Who do I contact for more information?

Please email commencement@email.arizona.edu or call 520-621-3644 if you have any questions about Commencement that are not addressed on the website.

Members of the media, go here for more information.

Q: Where do I park?

Parking is available in all garages and surface lots. Please visit here for more information regarding parking and travel.

Q: How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony is projected to be 90-120 minutes long, from start to finish.

Q: Will pictures be taken at the ceremony?

Photographers will be available near the assembly area.

Q: Where can I get announcements printed?

Custom-printed announcements are available at UA BookStores, where you can also purchase diploma frames, caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels. Please visit here for more information.

Q: Where can I buy my cap and gown?

Caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods are available at UA BookStores, where you can also purchase diploma frames, gifts for grads, and custom-printed announcements. Please visit the GradFest page for more information, including links to purchase graduation-related materials online.

Q: Do I need to wear regalia to the ceremony (cap & gown)?

Yes. We ask all students to come carrying their regalia. You will be screened through security and then allowed to robe. All students participating in the ceremony must be wearing their regalia. Although what you wear under your gown is at your discretion, we encourage you to wear breathable clothing as well as comfortable shoes. High heels are strongly discouraged. Don’t forget to bring your Cat Card and regalia (cap and gown)!

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend?

No. The university-wide Commencement ceremony is not ticketed and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students still must RSVP for themselves and their guests. Your college convocation may require tickets. Check with your college. Contact information for your college convocation ceremony may be found here.

Q: When does the commencement start?

The Commencement ceremony starts at 7:30pm, with gates to the stadium opening at 5:30pm.