College of Arts & Sciences Guest Information

We look forward to hosting you on campus for commencement. The information below will help you make the most of this special celebration with your graduate.

Nurses Pinning Ceremony

Friday, May 23
3 p.m. | Doors open at 2:15 p.m.
Benson Great Hall

This is for graduating CAS nursing students and their guests.

Senior/Parent Commencement Banquet

Friday, May 23
5:30 p.m | Doors open at 5 p.m.
Robertson Center (RC) Gym

This banquet is for graduating students and their parents or guardians. It is optional but highly recommended. Information will be sent to parents in late March. Parents may purchase tickets online in early April for $24 each.

Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 23
7:45 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.
Benson Great Hall

This service is for graduating students and their guests. It is optional but highly recommended. Graduating students sit together in the center section of the main floor. They do not wear commencement regalia. You do not need tickets.

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 24
9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. | Doors open 1 hour before the ceremony starts.
Benson Great Hall

Ask your student to which ceremony he or she is assigned. Students report for lineup 45 minutes before the ceremony. You do not need tickets. Seating is on a first-come basis. Students are asked to limit their guest count to 6 or fewer. Overflow seating with closed-circuit viewing is available. Because the ceremony is formal and the acoustics are lively, you are encouraged to make other arrangements for babies and young children. The ceremony is about 1 hour. 

All facilities and parking on campus are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need accessible seating, arrive when doors open and ask your usher for assistance. If you need a sign language interpreter, or if you have questions about accessible seating, email as soon as possible.

If needed, review driving directions to campus and the campus map. Benson Great Hall is in the Community Life Center near the West Lot. Parking is available in the West or East Lot.

Commencement Reception

A reception for graduates and their guests will take place in Brushaber Commons after the ceremony. Hallway hosts will direct you to the reception. Plan to meet your graduate at the reception. Signs identifying specific academic departments will be posted throughout the reception area as gathering points for grads, guests, and faculty. Refreshments will be available.

The route from the ceremony to the reception is a moderate walking distance with stair and elevator options. A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available. Ask your usher or a hallway host about availability.


Please direct questions about commencement to your student first. If you still have questions, email Anna Kaihoi at