For Guests

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a traditional commencement ceremony in May. But our #BearGrads can still have that experience.

Spring 2020 graduates will have two chances to participate in commencement later this year at JQH Arena.

The first will be Oct. 18, the Sunday after #BearsHomecoming. The second will be Dec. 11 at our scheduled fall ceremonies.

Celebrate with us

Join us in a virtual celebration for the Class of 2020 with frames, GIFs, stickers and video. We can't wait to be together for our official in-person formal ceremony.

Celebrating the achievements of your Bear grad

We are excited to have you on campus for commencement! Thank you for helping celebrate our graduates and for all the support you have given them along the way.


Special, non-reserved seating areas are available for guests with permanent or temporary disabilities. No stairways are encountered. Guests in wheelchairs as well as those who are unable to climb stairs are permitted in these areas.

Due to space limitations, we ask that only one other family member be seated with the guest in the special areas. To seek assistance in locating this seating, you may see one of the ushers located at the entrances the day of the ceremony.

Special accommodations

The university must have at least one week’s notice of any disability accommodation (other than seating) in order to serve the needs identified. Submit your request to commencement chair Terry Weber.