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Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement…

What should I do to ensure I have everything in order to attend graduation?

  1. Complete your application for graduation through the Registrar’s Office and make sure all of your PAWS info (address, etc.) is accurate.
  2. Order your cap and gown (at no charge) through the University Store site and click on Graduation Services. Visit the Cap, Gowns & Announcements page for complete details
  3. Read through all of the information on the website, which includes important TICKET INFO, CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS , etc.
  4. Attend Grad Fair to pick up cap, gown, tickets, (attendance is not mandatory, but is highly recommended)

    Tuesday, May 15 from 9 am - 3 pm in the ARMAH, Lane Center

    Pick up your tickets and cap & gown, browse and order Balfour class rings, visit with Alumni and Special Academic Services, and enter to win a diploma frame and grad basket!

    (To avoid long lines, Business and Education majors are encouraged to attend from 9am-12pm, and  Liberal Arts & Science majors from 12pm-3pm)

    (See Important Dates for alternate pickup dates)
  5. Bring your cap, gown, and index card with your name on it (which you will receive at Grad Fair or, if you did not attend, was included in your cap/gown packet) to graduation with you on May 24 to line up in the practice gym, PE Center lower level (see Maps) by 8:30 am for the 9:30 ceremony and 1:00 pm for the 2:00 ceremony.

When is commencement?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

9:30 am College of Business and Education
2:00 pm College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When and where should I arrive on the day of graduation?

Report to the practice gym in the PE Center no later than one hour before your ceremony.

Photos available to be taken in room 168 beside of the practice gym from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. for the 9:30 ceremony and 12:30-1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 ceremony. Photos will also be taken during the ceremony as you cross the stage. Proofs of the photos will be sent to your home address and email address several weeks after the ceremony and you will have the option to purchase at that time.

How many tickets will I receive?

6 Tickets for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony
10 Tickets for College of Business and Education ceremony

When and where can I pick up my tickets?

Grad Fair (see full details above)
Tuesday, May 15 from 9am-3pm, Lane Center ARMAH

Pick up your tickets and cap & gown
See Important Dates for alternate pickup dates.

What if I am not able to pick up my tickets in person?

No one else may pick up your tickets. If you are a student who cannot attend Grad Fair or pick up your tickets on any of the alternate dates, please contact Christie Bohn at to request your tickets be mailed to you (Only under extenuating circumstances or distance. Please see Ticket Information for more information).

What if I need more tickets?

You may attend the SGA giveaway, Tuesday, May 22, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Located in the Lane Center, lower lobby (outside of ARMAH). Any extra tickets will be distributed to those who need them. The giveaway will be held on TBA. A limited number of tickets are given out and no guarantee can be made as to the number you will receive. Any questions regarding the giveaway can be directed to SGA at 301-687-4304.

Will there be accommodations for handicapped guests? Do I need to reserve them?

There is a handicapped parking area which there will be signage showing the areas, and there is an entrance off that lot with an elevator that takes you right up into the lobby.
(See Handicapped Accommodations and the Maps & Parking pages)

There will be a reserved area on the floor for guests in wheelchairs, which may also have one family member or friend sit with them. There will be a section marked as reserved on the bottom three rows of the bleachers on both sides of the arena reserved for anyone who is not able to climb the bleachers. A guest in need of sitting in this area may have one friend/family member sit with them. The seating is unpadded bleacher seating, so if that is a concern, you may want to bring a cushion or seat pad.

There is no reservation system or need to call ahead, unless you have a particular concern. We do our best to create abundant space for our guests with disabilities and there will be ushers there to assist you in any way necessary.

A sign language interpreter will also be translating the ceremony. Upon entering the arena, just locate an usher, and they will escort you to the area in front of the interpreter.

What should I wear to commencement?

There is no dress code, but wear whatever you’d like to be seen in photos in that day.


The ceremony will be STREAMED LIVE over the Internet. The link will be provided the front page of the FSU website,


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