CAS Commencement Event Information for Students

Congratulations to all graduating students! Your commencement is an important capstone to a great deal of academic effort and hard work. It is also an exciting event to celebrate with family, friends, and classmates.

Senior/Parent Commencement Luncheon

December 20
1:30 p.m | Doors open at 1 p.m.
The Underground, Brushaber Commons Level 2

This luncheon is optional but highly recommended. Tickets are required and will be available for purchase in early November. Student tickets are complimentary.

Commencement Ceremony

December 20
4 p.m. | Doors open at 3 p.m.
Benson Great Hall

All graduating students are expected to attend their commencement ceremony. If you are unable to attend, contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible to submit a petition to graduate in absentia.

Graduate Lineup

There is no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Instead, you will receive important instructions at graduate lineup. Please arrive at the RC Gym by 3:15 p.m with your gown, cap, tassels, and honor cords if you received them. A valuables check for purses, etc. will be available.

At lineup, you will be assigned to a specific row and place in line. Shortly before the ceremony start time, marshals will lead the graduating students in 2 lines from the RC Gym to Benson Great Hall. If you think you are unable to walk this route, contact commencement staff to arrange accommodations.

You will be seated with others in your major in the center section on the main floor of Benson Great Hall. At the end of the ceremony, marshals will recess the graduates after the platform personnel and faculty recess. Guests will be dismissed after the graduates.

Ceremony Photos

A professional photographer will take individual photos of graduates as they receive their diploma cover on stage during the ceremony. To order your photo, visit (event name is "Bethel") or call 651.426.0232.

Commencement Reception

A reception for grads and their guests will take place in Brushaber Commons after the ceremony. Hallway hosts will direct you to the reception, where you will be able to meet your guests.

Signs identifying specific academic departments will be posted throughout the reception area as gathering points for grads, guests, and faculty. The route from the ceremony to the reception is a moderate walking distance with stair and elevator options. A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs is available. Ask your usher or a hallway host about availability.

Light refreshments will be available.

Ceremony Seating and Special Needs

Seating in Benson Great Hall is by general admission. Doors will open 1 hour before the ceremony start time. Overflow seating with closed-circuit viewing of the ceremony is also available.

For accessible seating, please arrive when doors open. Ushers will assist guests with special seating needs or hearing needs. If you or a guest needs a sign language interpreter, contact commencement staff as soon as possible. If you have questions about accessible seating or other needs, please contact the Benson Great Hall house manager.

Young Children

Because the ceremony is formal and the acoustics are lively, your guests are encouraged to make other arrangements for babies and young children. Children must be supervised at all times. Overflow seating with closed-circuit viewing of the ceremony is available.


Please direct your commencement guests to guest information. If you have questions, please email commencement staff.