Those receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees will gather on the concourse of Crisler Center between sections 116 and 128. Students will process down the stairs and onto the arena floor under the direction of faculty marshals. If you are unable to use the stairs, enter through the Crisler Center Tunnel where event staff will direct you to seating or to join the graduate procession to be seated on the arena floor. Bachelor’s/Master’s graduates are seated in an open format and not by school/college or alphabetical order. During the ceremony, all degree recipients will proceed to the stage to shake hands with either the president or the provost.

Doctoral degree recipients will gather on the concourse level of Crisler Center near section 116. You will receive your name card with a number. Faculty marshals will direct you to seating where you will sit in a seat corresponding with the number on your card. Faculty marshals will lead doctoral recipients in the graduate procession to doctoral seating on the arena floor.


Tickets are not required for guests or graduates attending Winter Commencement.

Crisler Center doors will open at 12:45 p.m. Families and guests may enter through either the northeast (main entryway) or southwest entrances and should be seated by 1:50 p.m.  The southwest entrance will be open for guests needing drop-off assistance.

Crisler Center staff members will be on hand to direct guests to their seats in the arena.