Tickets, Entry and Seating

Know what to expect when you attend commencement — including prohibited items, and information about children.

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Tickets are required for some commencement ceremonies.

This info which varies by ceremony will be posted on each ceremony's information page by mid-January. 

Guests Attending with Children

Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies as long as you follow these guidelines.

Tickets for Children and Infants

Ages 2+ Years Under 2 Years

For any ticketed ceremony, a guest ticket is required for children ages 2 and older.


Children younger than 2 years old need a guest ticket for any ticketed ceremony only if you are bringing a baby carrier or infant car seat carrier into the ceremony; the ticket is for the seat space that will be taken up by the carrier.


If you're uncertain whether the ceremony you are attending is a ticketed ceremony, please visit that ceremony's info page which you can link to (by mid-January), from the ceremonies page.

Baby Strollers

Alumni Arena – Baby strollers are not permitted in Alumni Arena. 

Center for the Arts – Baby strollers are not permitted in the seats or aisles in the theater because of the safety hazards they pose. Therefore, the use of baby strollers is discouraged. If a baby stroller is necessary, it must be left in the entrance of the theater at your own risk. 

Crying and Disruptive Children and Babies

If you are with a child who is talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to the ceremony, you may be asked to step outside the ceremony.

For Your Safety — Prohibited Items

Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive, you will be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all bags, purses and containers you may have with you. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Because of these security measures, please allow yourself a few extra minutes.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags
  • Banners
  • Balloons
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noisemakers
  • Animals (except in the case of service animals trained to perform needed tasks for attendees with disabilities)