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Tickets and Seating

Students participating in a commencement ceremony may elect to receive guest tickets for the event. Learn about how tickets will be distributed to students as well as seating options at the Colonial Life Arena. 

Commencement Tickets

Students who are approved to participate in the Spring 2017 Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional Commencement Ceremonies will be eligible to receive up to five guest tickets per ceremony. 


Distribution of tickets will be managed through Ticketmaster, the same system students use to pick up tickets for athletic events.

Students will be able to access guest tickets online beginning March 17 at 10:00 a.m. and running through March 31 at 5:00 p.m. Students who are graduating do not need a ticket to attend their ceremony.

If a student encounters an issue accessing their tickets, please contact the commencement team.

Additional Guest Tickets

At this time, we are no longer accepting requests for tickets to the Friday, May 5 commencement ceremony. 

Requests for tickets to either of the Saturday, May 6 commencement ceremonies will be, once again, managed through Ticketmaster. Students will be able to access additional guest tickets online and should monitor their university email account for a message from  Be sure to check your "Clutter Box".  This is the last opportunity to obtain additional guest tickets.

Extra Guest Tickets

Students who have extra guest tickets they no longer need, are strongly encouraged to cancel those tickets using Account Manager so that they can be made available to other students.

Students found to be selling or buying guest tickets will have the tickets revoked and may not be able to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Student Ticketing Account

Students who have not used the ticketing system previously for athletic events will need to log into the online Account Manager, enter their student ticket number (9+VIPID) or University email address, and set their password. 

Ceremony Location

The Colonial Life Arena is located on the corner of Lincoln and Greene Streets. The main entrance is located behind the fountain. Please note that all purses and bags are subject to search.

For easiest access, guests should enter from the concourse entrances near the main entrance. All seats are first-come, first-served. Doors will open two hours before the ceremony.

General Seating

Inside the arena, you may find seats in any of the open sections. Graduation candidates have reserved seating which will be marked and Commencement Marshals in garnet gowns will be on site to assist candidates in finding their seats.

Accessible Seating

Seating for guests with accessibility needs will be available. No prior arrangements are required. One companion may accompany each guest sitting in the accessible seating area. Ushers will direct guests to the nearest accessible seating area. 


A limited number of premium suites may be available for rental during commencement at the Colonial Life Arena. Family and guests can enjoy the ceremony from among the most exclusive seats in the arena. The suites have seating for up to 12 people and include private restrooms. 

Note: At this time, all available suites have been rented for the Spring 2017 commencement ceremonies.