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Family and Guests

Don't Forget...

Clothing and Other Items

  • Light colors are best as May can be hot and sunny
  • Rain jacket 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Click here for a list of items that are NOT allowed at the ceremony

First Aid

  • There will be an ambulance on site near St. Thomas More Church.
  • If you need immediate assistance, please find a Public Safety Officer or a Host in a red St. John's shirt.

Restroom Locations

  • Marillac Hall, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors
  • St. Albert Hall, 1st Floor
  • St. John Hall, 2nd Floor for Women and 3rd Floor for Men
  • St. Thomas More Church ~ for disabled guests only 
  • Restroom Trailers 

Guests with Special Needs

  • Due to the large number of guests in attendance, we are only able to offer seating to the person with special needs and one companion.
  • Reserved parking will be located near St. Thomas More Church, and you are asked to enter through Gate 1 on Utopia Parkway. There is also a reserved seating section for guests with special needs located at the front of the lawn on the left side of the seating section, facing the stage. Please see a Public Safety Officer or a University Host for assistance with parking and seating.
  • Sign language interpreters will be present for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Handicap accessible restrooms are located in St. Thomas More Church.

Simulcast Locations

  • Only guests with tickets will be able to view the Commencement Exercises in one of the simulcast locations on campus.
  • Marillac Hall Auditorium (for general public)
  • Little Theatre (for general public)
  • St. John Hall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floor Classrooms (for general public)
  • Marillac Hall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floor Classrooms (once procession leaves) (for general public)
  • D'Angelo Center Room 206 (for general public)
  • Please ask any Public Safety Officer or Host in a red St. John's shirts to direct you to one of these locations.
  • Seating in the simulcast areas is limited and requires a ticket to enter.  Please plan accordingly.

Web Viewing

  • The Commencement Exercises will be streamed live at


  • The bookstore will be open on May 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.