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. Visit the UA BookStores website to purchase one today! For additional information, please review the Commencement Policies page.
The Commencement ceremony in Arizona Stadium is ticketed for students. All students who have completed their RSVP will receive a ticket via their official UA email address within 24 hours of Commencement. All graduating students need their ticket and their CatCard in order to enter Arizona Stadium.
No. The university-wide Commencement ceremony is not ticketed for guests and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students still must RSVP for themselves and their guests. The RSVP system for the university-wide Commencement ceremony is typically available beginning in late March. Your college convocation may require tickets. Check with your college. Contact information for your college convocation ceremony may be found here.
Students who do not have a Cat Card must instead bring a government-issued photo ID.
Dates, times, locations, and contact information for convocation ceremonies may be found here. Please reach out to the appropriate convocation coordinator directly with any questions or for more information.
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. At Commencement, students’ names are not read aloud and they do not proceed across the stage.
Free parking is available in all garages and surface lots. Please visit here for more information regarding parking and travel.
The Commencement ceremony starts at 7:30pm, with gates to the stadium opening at 5:30pm.
The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes, from start to finish.
Caps, gowns, tassels, hoods, tams, and stoles are available at UA BookStores. Please visit the GradFest page for more information, including links to purchase graduation-related materials online.
Custom-printed announcements are available at UA BookStores, where you can also purchase diploma frames, class rings, collegiate tags, and other graduation gifts. Please visit here for more information.
In general, seating on the floor is not assigned and students may sit wherever they like. However, graduate students process into the stadium separately from undergraduate students, who do not process into the stadium. Graduate students also have reserved seating in the center of the floor separate from undergraduate students. Students are not grouped by college or department.
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. For example, the program for May 2019 will contain the names of the following degree recipients and applicants: December 2018/Winter 2018 (awarded), May 2019 (applied), August 2019 (applied).
Those who are unable to attend or choose to stay home for the ceremony may stream the event live via Arizona Public Media. The link to the livestream will be available on the Commencement website on the day of the ceremony.
Yes. Personal chair backs can be used in Arizona Stadium at the discretion of event staff and volunteers. All portable stadium seats are limited to 18" width, 9" depth, cannot have attached armrests or cupholders, and cannot recline to encroach upon the access or legroom of adjacent patrons. If event staff determines that a chair back does not meet these guidelines, the owner will be asked to have the seats removed and stored for the duration of the ceremony. Seat backs will also be available for rental once inside Arizona Stadium.
Yes. These items themselves are not prohibited. Camera bags, backlights, flashes, and mono/tripods are not allowed. For more information about approved and prohibited items, please review the UA's clear bag policy for entry into the stadium. All in-hand items must be placed in the appropriate and approved clear bag.
Yes. Stroller parking is available at select, labeled locations once inside the stadium. Guests must take baby seats with them to their seating location. All items, including strollers and/or baby seats, are subject to search. Please note that diaper bags are not allowed. For more information about approved and prohibited items, please review the UA's clear bag policy for entry into the stadium. All in-hand items must be placed in the appropriate and approved clear bag.
Yes. In addition, flowers and commemorative t-shirts are available to order online in advance, with pickup on site the day of Commencement. The same products will also be available on site, however, ordering ahead of time guarantees your selection of color/size. For more details, please visit here.
Service animals are permitted in Arizona Stadium. If a dog is not trained to do work or perform tasks, and only provides comfort or emotional support, the dog is not a service dog and may be excluded from public areas.
The University is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for those who participate in University activities. In support of this goal, the University prohibits the use of products that contain tobacco or nicotine, which the Food and Drug Administration has identified as an addictive chemical. These products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic smoking devices (such as e-cigarettes), bidis, kreteks, hookahs, water pipes, and all forms of smokeless tobacco. Littering campus with remains of tobacco or smoking-related products also is prohibited.
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)!
Photographers will be available for students near the assembly area prior to entering the stadium. It is students’ responsibility to meet with photographers at check-in. Students will fill out an information card, and will be contacted at a later time for the purchase of photos.
When you attend Commencement, you enter an area where photography, audio recording, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such media recording and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, and inclusion on websites. You further waive all rights you may have to any claims in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting or other publication.
To check the status of your diploma, please visit here.
The diploma size for all colleges, including the Graduate College, is 8.5 by 11 inches. Exceptions to this are Juris Doctor, Scientiae Juridicae Doctor, Medical Doctor, and Doctor of Pharmacy, which are 11 by 14 inches.
No. Minors are not printed on the diploma.
A double major is one degree with two or more majors (example: Bachelor of Arts with majors in Anthropology and Spanish). One diploma is issued. Dual degrees are two separate degree titles (example: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology). Two separate diplomas are issued.