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Guests at the Graduate Hooding Ceremony

The Graduate School welcomes guests of graduates to the Graduate Hooding Ceremony. We’re glad to have you share in the celebration.


There are no tickets required for attendance. Unlimited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The graduates will be seated in chairs on the floor, but guests are welcome to find seats in any of the main arena seating areas.

For any guests with disabilities, handicapped seating is available on level 3, the concourse level. For guests who have difficulty managing the ramp from the street up to the concourse level, we recommend the east entrance door located on Phillip Fulmer Way where a handicapped elevator can be found. Once inside the building at the street level, guests may take the elevator up to level 3, the concourse level. On the concourse level, guests may then select a seat that is close and with as few steps as they can comfortably manage. The ceremony will be projected by camera on big screens near the stage and will be visible from any seat in the arena.

If you have any difficulties finding appropriate seating, please see one of the ushers near the entrance for assistance.

Interpreter Services

Sign language interpreters (using American Sign Language) will be projected on large screens during the entire Graduate Hooding Ceremony.


As a courtesy to all in attendance, please refrain from advancing to the front of the stage to take photos as graduates are walking across. A professional photographer will be taking photos as graduates shake hands with the dean on stage. After the ceremony, the stage will be available for additional graduate and guest photo opportunities.