Commencement

Family & Guest Info

A student celebrates raising her hand in the air

Prepare for Commencement

A baby with a messy face of cake and ice cream. Text: "Olivia Haring - You did it! We are so proud of all your accomplishments and hard work! Let's celebrate with some cake and ice cream! Love, Mom and Dad"

Shout-outs are a chance for family and friends to acknowledge and celebrate their graduate! These messages will be shown pre-ceremony. The deadline to submit a Shout-out is Wednesday, October 26. Create your Shout-out here

UC Parent & Family Programs provides a list of hotels near campus and in the surrouding community for guests needing overnight accommodations.

December 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Day of Ceremony

Guests will be able to bring one clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a clear bag tote (no larger than 12"x6"x12") and a small clutch bag or wallet that is roughly the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5"x6.5") into Fifth Third Arena. A full list of approved and non-approved bags can be found here.

Guests with accessibility needs may be dropped off at the Bearcat Statue Circle in front of Fifth Third Arena (enter at Corry Blvd). There will be an Accessibility Tent at this location. Guests may bring their own wheelchair. Distance from the drop-off to the arena entrance is approximately 68 yards on an accessible concrete path (no steps).

Guests with accessibility needs may visit the Guest Relations table on the day of the ceremony, conveniently located inside the main entrance of Fifth Third Arena (East Concourse). Enter through the Accessibility Entrance (doors to the far left when facing the arena). Staff will provide information on seating and accommodations. 

Campus Green, Calhoun, CCM, and Corry (ADA placard or plate required to park in Corry) garages will be open at no charge during Commencement.  

A parking pass will be required to park in these garages. The parking pass is free to obtain. You must show the pass to the garage attendant. We strongly encourage you to print the pass and bring it with you. You may also have the pass downloaded on your phone.

ADA Parking

Guests with an ADA placard/plate should order a parking pass for Corry Garage. Only guests with an ADA placard/plate and a Corry Garage parking pass will be able to park in Corry Garage.

Order a Parking Pass

Fall Commencement parking passes will be available to order in mid-November. Additional information will be posted at that time and sent to graduates.

Order parking passes online by following these instructions:

  • Go to Parking Services
  • Under ‘Other Events’ select the ceremony you are attending
  • Choose the garage(s) you wish to park in
  • Click ‘Add to Basket’
  • Under "Guest Checkout” Enter your Email Address
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ at bottom of page
  • Check “I have read and understand the above statement”
  • Click ‘Proceed to Payment’
  • On the “Payment Receipt” Page, choose “Click Here to Print Permit” 
  • Print permit and bring with you to Commencement 
  • NOTE! You must print the pass within 7 days of the initial order
  • A receipt will be sent via email

If you need more than one pass, simply repeat the process for each needed pass. 

Current parking permit holders may utilize their UC parking permit assigned to a West Campus garage or order a free guest parking pass using the process above.

A limited number of golf carts will be available to shuttle guests with accessibility needs between Corry Garage and Fifth Third Arena. Guests who are in need of this service should visit the Accessibility Tent outside of Corry Garage.

Each guest age 4 and older must have a ticket to attend. Guests 3 and under do not need a ticket, but must sit on the lap of another guest. Graduates complete the guest ticket request process prior to graduation.

Guests may sit anywhere in the general admission area. Guests with accessibility needs may visit the Guest Relations table on the day of the ceremony, conveniently located inside the main entrance of Fifth Third Arena (East Concourse). Enter through the Accessibility Entrance (doors to the far left when facing the arena). Staff will provide information on seating and accommodations.

Ushers will be available with wheelchairs to transport guests to/from seating in the arena. Guests may bring their own wheelchair if they prefer to remain in the wheelchair during the ceremony. Guests do not need advance reservations for wheelchair assistance or accessible seating.

Elevators and family restrooms are available at the arena.

Join Parent & Family Programs in the Champions Club (above sections 102-105) for games, giveaways, photo booth, and family fun to commemorate the day!

2021 Summer Commencement Ceremony

After Commencement