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Commencement Ceremony Details

Find information about parking, seating, photography, flowers, special needs, and more!

Parking

On-street parking is available throughout the downtown area. Parking is also available in a number of municipal garages including:

  • Civic Center Garage, 55 S. Fitzhugh St.
  • South Ave./Stone St, 39 Stone Street
  • Clinton Square Garage, 75 S. Clinton Ave.
  • Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd.

Map of Downtown Rochester Parking [pdf].

Seating

TICKETS NOT REQUIRED. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Only candidates are allowed in the candidate seating areas on the floor.

Special Needs

A sign language interpreter will be available. Accessible seating areas are also available for those who are physically challenged.

Family members with disabilities should follow the directional signs to the upper level accessible seating areas. A floor plan is available on the Blue Cross Arena website. For additional questions, contact the Office of Campus Life at (585) 385-8229.

Graduation Candidates Assembly

Candidates should enter the Arena at Exchange St. or 1 War Memorial Square (formerly the Broad Street entrance). Both entrances are accessible. After check-in, candidates should report to the bottom level of the Arena with cap and gown after picking up their name card at the designated registration tables. Marshals will direct candidates to their proper place in the processional lines.

DO NOT BRING VALUABLES WITH YOU TO BE LEFT IN THE MARSHALING AREA. DO NOT BRING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR BALLOONS.

Ceremony

The ceremony is expected to last approximately three hours. Consider that this length of time may be difficult on older adults and young children. Out of respect for fellow classmates and consideration for their families, candidates are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all graduates and faculty will participate in the recessional.

Professional Photographer

Island Photography is the official photographer for the 2018 Commencement. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. Island Photography can be contacted at custserv@islandphoto.com, (800) 869-0908, or through the Island Photography website.

Flowers

Fresh flowers will be available for purchase at the ceremony OR are available for pre-order through CommencementFlowers.com.

Diploma

To ensure that every graduate receives the correct diploma, you will be handed an empty diploma case when you walk across the stage. After the ceremony, if you have completed all of your requirements, you will be directed to a central location to pick up your actual diploma.