University Registrar's Office

Commencement Central

Commencement Ceremony Etiquette

for Graduates, Families, and Guests

  • Commencement is both a joyful as well as dignified event. We ask that you express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speakers and enjoying the ceremony. Any distracting noisemakers, such as air horns, are prohibited and will be confiscated by Coliseum security.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the Coliseum during commencement. Security officers will be present to seize any alcohol and to prohibit from marching any who may have already consumed alcohol.
  • Security and emergency medical personnel will be available to provide a safe environment for all commencement participants and guests. The emergency station is noted on the Coliseum seating map.
  • All electronic devices should be turned off to help ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the ceremony.