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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 any Fall or Spring Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional Commencement Ceremonies will be eligible to receive five guest tickets for their ceremony. 


Distribution of tickets will be managed through Ticketmaster Account Manager.

Ticket availability dates can be viewed on the Deadline Dates page. 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.

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 access the online Account Manager, click "Sign in" then click "Forgot password" and enter their University email address to set their password. Students will then be able to access their Commencement tickets using their University email address and their new 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 16 people and include private restrooms. Complete the Premium Seating Request Form and a staff member from the Colonial Life Arena will contact you regarding your request.

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