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All Graduate Candidates who are Traditional Undergraduates and ALL RN-BSN are required to check-in at Citizen's Bank Arena at 11:30 am for the 1pm Ceremony.

Graduate Candidates who are Master's and Online and Professional Studies (OPS)  are required to check-in at Citizen's Bank Arena at 5:30 pm for the 7pm Ceremony. 

Citizens Business Bank arena has metal detectors at all entrances and graduates should expect to go through this screening upon arrival.

Lot C is the closest parking lot for graduates.

Graduate Arrival and Check-in
Graduates should plan to arrive at the arena 15 minutes before check-in to give time to park and walk.  Citizens Business Bank Arena has installed metal detectors at all entrances and everyone entering the arena will be subject to screening.  The Graduate entrance is at the southwest corner in front of lot C and to the left of the Admin Entrance. Click Here for Map.

Note: Graduates should come dressed in their regalia and ready for the ceremony. Whatever personal items graduates bring with them will have to be carried during the ceremony.

Upon arrival Graduates will receive:

  • Walking Card
  • Honors cords, Alpha Chi cords, and Great Commission Stoles
  • Dressing assistance as needed
  • Pre-ordered Leis
  • Picture Opportunities
  • Light refreshments

Graduate Line-up and Rehearsal
Next, graduates will be directed downstairs to line-up. Graduates are permitted to line-up and sit next to any graduates they chose. Graduates are not seated alphabetically or by discipline. However, at the 7 pm ceremony, Master's and Bachelor's students are seated separately. 

After graduates are lined up, a quick 15 minute rehearsal will give graduates ceremony instructions.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Graduation Candidates will NOT be permitted to leave the arena floor for any reason until all the graduates recess out together following the ceremony.