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!
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.
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 is projected to be 90-120 minutes long, from start to finish.
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.
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.
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).
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 in the right-hand navigation menu of 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.
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.
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.