Winter Pre-Commencement Ceremony FAQ's

UA College of Humanities
Winter 2017 Ceremony - Friday, December 15  9:00am - 11:00am
 Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom


  • What time should I arrive?
    We ask that you arrive to your ceremony and be seated no later than a half hour prior to the start time.
  • What will I receive at the Pre-Commencement Ceremony?
    This is a celebratory pre-commencement ceremony, not an official confirmation of your degree. At the ceremony, each graduate will receive a medallion as a gift from the College of Humanities.
  • Where do Graduates sit?
    Reserved seating for graduates is designated toward the front of the ballroom. Seating is open (not in alphabetical order) for graduates in that area.
  • Do my guests need physical tickets?
    No, we do not hand out physical tickets. Your guests can simply come to the ballroom on the day of the ceremony.
  • Where do guests sit?
    Open seating is provided for family and guests.
  • Is the ceremony wheelchair accessible?
    There is a wheelchair accessible ramp located on stage as well as wheelchair seating for graduates and guests attending the ceremony. Please let our Event Team know if you require assistance or more information.
  • How will my name be read?
    Name cards will be in the graduate seating section. You will fill out the name card and carry it to the stage for the reading of your name and degree. Please make sure all your information is accurate; provide phonetic spelling if necessary.
  • What do I do when I exit the stage?
    Please return to your seat until all names are called to give each graduate equal time to be recognized. There will be ample time after the ceremony to take photos with family, friends, professors, and the Dean.
  • Can my family/friends take pictures during the ceremony?
    YES! There is a center aisle that can be used to take a photo of each graduate as he or she is shaking the Dean’s hand. We ask that anyone taking pictures please remain behind the ropes and return to their seats promptly.
  • What do I wear?
    You must purchase a cap and gown from the Student Union Bookstore. Tassels can be worn on the right side for the entire ceremony. Business/Business Casual attire is acceptable to wear underneath your graduate regalia.
  • Where do I get a program?
    Volunteers will hand out programs at the ceremony entrance. Extra copies will be available as well.

Congratulations on your accomplishment!
We look forward to seeing you.