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Frequently Asked Questions

family at commencement
What events do I need to attend? When do I need to arrive on campus?
All events are optional, at your convenience. Most families should arrive early, by Saturday morning.
What is the dress code?
There is no dress code for events, but a simple guide would be to wear what you are comfortable in, especially footwear (for walking to events).
How long is the ceremony?
Commencement runs approximately 2 1/2 hours. You can make plans to get “on the road” accordingly after that.
Is there handicap parking?
Handicap parking is in the Alumni Lot for chapel events and at the commencement site. If you need special drop-off arrangements, see a campus safety officer for assistance. View the commencement weekend parking map for more details.
Do you provide wheelchairs?
We have a wheelchair available that can be used for transportation to seats.
On-campus housing/keys
Seniors are instructed to pick up keys for guests from Residential Life the Monday-Friday before the weekend. Confirmation of room reservations will go out the first week of May.
Do we need to bring our own linen?
No, linens are provided for the on-campus housing.
Can we get additional tickets?
Graduating seniors will be able to reserve up to five guest tickets for the ceremony. Seniors can contact Michele in the dean of the college office in April to see if there are extra tickets available.
How can I get concert tickets?
Admission to concerts is on first-come, first-served basis. There are no tickets.
What is the on-campus housing refund policy?
Cancellation requests, for full refunds, must be received before Friday, April 24, 2015.
When are future commencement dates?
  • May 21, 2017
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 17, 2020