Where are the restrooms?
There are clean 'delux' restroom trailers located outside across the street from the Fieldhouse in the Recreation Center parking lot, where the shuttle will drop off guests for the ceremony. It would be a good idea to use these facilities before crossing the street to enter the Fieldhouse. Indoor restrooms can be accessed through the Keystone Hall doors to the right of the Fieldhouse. If you need to use the restrooms once you are in the Fieldhouse, make sure you ask for a ticket at the door before you exit the Fieldhouse. You will need this ticket to re-enter the Fieldhouse.
Where can I get food and beverages?
Bottled beverages, snacks, and sandwiches are available for purchase inside the Recreation Center from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the O'Pake Fieldhouse.
Can I take food or beverages into the ceremony?
No food or beverages are permitted in the O'Pake Fieldhouse.
When do doors open to the public?
Doors will open to the public at 7:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony, which will start promptly at 9 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony, which will start promptly at 2 p.m.
Can I get into the ceremony without a ticket?
No, but if you know someone who has an extra ticket and is not using it, you may use theirs. Anyone 3 years old and older needs a ticket to enter the Fieldhouse.
Where do you go to get into the commencement ceremony?
As you exit the shuttle bus, walk on the sidewalk toward the front doors of the Recreation Center, cross the street at the crosswalk, and enter the Fieldhouse doors located to your left.
Where will the students be sitting?
Graduating students will be seated in the front center aisles.
Which side of the stage do the students go to get their diplomas?
As you face the stage, the graduating students will go up the ramp to the right, walk across the stage, receive their diploma, and exit down the left side ramp.
Can I take pictures of my student before, during or after the ceremony?
You may only take pictures of your graduating student from your seat. Please be considerate of others and do not stand in front of other guests. A professional photographer from LifeTouch will take pictures of graduates as they receive their diplomas from President Hawkinson and with their diplomas at the end of the exit ramp.
Where can I pick up my pre-ordered flowers or buy flowers?
The floral table will be located in the back left side of the Fieldhouse for you to purchase or pick up pre-ordered flowers.
Are wheelchairs available for use?
Wheelchairs are available for guests who become ill during the commencement ceremony and to transport guests from the Fieldhouse entrance to the seating area.
Where is the accessible seating area?
The accessible seating area is located at the right side of the Fieldhouse.
Who can sit in the Platform Guest seating area?
Platform guest seating is for guests of the platform only. The Platform Guest seating area is located at the front left side of the stage.
Are medical personnel available?
Medical personnel will be located at the back right corner inside the Fieldhouse.
How long does the ceremony last?
Each commencement ceremony is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours long.