Students

General Information

Congratulations on your achievements! The University of Arizona community is proud to call you a Wildcat for Life. Information is provided below to help you be prepared on the day of your ceremony.

Photo of two students celebrating their graduation together

What to Bring

Although what you wear under your gown is at your discretion, we encourage breathable clothing and comfortable shoes. High heels are strongly discouraged. Students participating onsite will robe after check-in but before entering venues. Security personnel reserve the right to determine the method of security checks as deemed necessary.

 

Government I.D.

Students must present their CatCard or government-issued ID upon arriving to their ceremony check-in.

 

 

Regalia In-Hand

Arrive with your cap and gown in-hand. You will robe after check-in and before entering each venue for your ceremony.

 

 

Wildcat WellCheck

Enroll and complete your Wildcat Wellcheck on the day of your ceremony before you arrive to Main Campus.

 

 

Wildcat OneStop

Show your Wildcat OneStop with your COVID-19 information and ticket on the day of your ceremony.

 

 


Students attending must have one of the following:

Your test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to your ceremony.

On-Campus Testing

It is strongly recommended that you choose this option and take a free rapid antigen test in the UArizona testing system no later than noon the day before your ceremony. This deadline ensures your test results are ready in time for your ceremony. Appointments are required and can be scheduled here.

Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

Off-Campus Testing

If you are unable to take a test through the UArizona testing system, you may submit a negative test result from an off-campus testing center such as Walgreens, CVS, county testing site, etc. You must upload a photo or screenshot of your negative test to our secure testing system prior to the event. We recommend you keep the hard copy or photo of your test result as a backup.

Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

Testing Call Center

Available M-F 9am to 5pm

Local: 520-848-4030

Toll Free: 833-345-0246

Students who choose this option must upload their vaccination documentation for approval. This option is only valid for students whose graduation ceremony occurs more than two weeks after they completed their second/final dose of the vaccine. More information about uploading a vaccine document is available here.

Students must upload their vaccination documents at least 3 days prior to their graduation ceremony. Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

Students who have had a positive COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result within 14-90 days prior to their ceremony can choose this option. If the positive test was through the University testing system, no action needs to be taken. If the positive test result was off-campus, students must upload that test result here at least 3 days prior to their ceremony.

Once approved to enter the ceremony, a blue celebration icon will appear on your Wildcat OneStop within 72 hours of your ceremony.

 

What to Know

Students will be screened through security first and then will robe as they enter each venue.

  • Water is provided for every student. Sealed water containers or empty, reusable bottles are permitted in both Arizona Stadium and the Davis Sports Center.

  • Photographers will be on-site to capture students crossing the stage.

  • You are responsible for picking up your guest tickets at the McKale Ticket Office during the designated times listed at the bottom of this page.

  • An RSVP is required to attend your ceremony. You must also arrive with a completed Wildcat Wellcheck.

 


What to Expect

Ceremonies will be full of tradition. Graduating students will have their moment to shine as they cross the stage and hear their name called. Ceremonies will have participation from deans, leadership, and messaging before student recognition.

  • Make sure you tag all photos with #BearDownGrad to become a part of the excitement!

  • Choose a location to meet your guests after the event; you are encouraged to exit and meet on the UArizona Mall north of the venues.

  • All students are held to the same expectations and standards outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

 

Arizona Stadium

Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m. at 4th Street and Vine Ave, just south of the Main Library. Students must arrive by 6:45 p.m. to find their seats.

Davis Sports Center

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Davis Sports Center (6:00 p.m. on May 11th), south of McKale Center. Students must arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the ceremony start.

Accessibility

Accessible parking is available in Cherry Garage with drop-off areas between Arizona Stadium and the Davis Sports Center. Please visit Guest Accessibility for more information.

Clear Bag Policy

Commencement will enforce game-day rules. All attendees must abide by the clear bag policy for entry into the stadium. Students participating in the ceremony are not permitted to bring bags on to the field. However, a small clutch the size of your hand is permitted.

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Two security offices speak with a student on campus as they check in for Commencement

For Your Guests

Ceremonies will take place between Tuesday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 18 at Arizona Stadium and the Davis Sports Center. Each ceremony is expected to last approximately 120 minutes. Gates will open one hour prior to start time. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. You are responsible for picking up guest tickets at the McKale Center Ticket Office at the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 4 to Monday, May 10: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12 to Tuesday, May 18: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Balloons and view-obstructing banners are not permitted in the venues. Dedicated balloon parking via pedestrian rail is available outside each guest entrance. We are not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen property.

It’s going to be warm and sunny for both morning and evening ceremonies, so tell your guests to drink plenty of water, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen! Graduating students and guests should come prepared for temperatures in the upper 90’s when arriving to campus.


Free parking is available for the graduation ceremonies at Cherry Avenue Garage, South of Sixth Garage, and Sixth Street Garage.

Further instructions and information for the day of your ceremony, including a parking map, may be found at Family & Guest Instructions and Guest Accessibility.