Guest Tickets & Seating


 Current information as of May 4, 2017:

We have a limited amount of tickets for each ceremony. Extra ticket distribution will begin at 10 AM Friday, May 5th in the University Card Services Office located in the Yeager Center, room D115. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

- Graduates participating in the 1 PM ceremony may get up to two tickets.

- Graduates participating in the 7 PM ceremony may get up to four tickets.

NOTE: Please bring your ID card.


The deadline to submit all Commencement ticket requests was
Friday, March 31st.

Due to the overwhelming number of graduates and the number of seats available at the arena, we do not anticipate having any extra tickets at this time. Questions may be submitted in writing to


Due to the large number of Spring graduates, you will need to request tickets for your guests who will be attending your ceremony. This will help us ensure we have room for everyone who is planning to attend, and that we are distributing tickets fairly. Graduates participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket – these are for your guests only.
PLEASE NOTE: All children age 2 and older will require a ticket.

At this time, we cannot guarantee more than 10 tickets per student. If you request more than 10 tickets, we will notify you by Friday, April 7 to confirm how many tickets you will be receiving. 
It's our goal to be as fair as possible, while ensuring graduates are able to invite as many guests as possible, so please only request the number of tickets you are certain you will use. 

If you are posting your degree on May 5, and you submitted your graduation application after the February 1 deadline, you will only be guaranteed 2 guest tickets
. Late applicants should
 complete the Ticket Request Form as directed above by March 31, and you will be notified by Friday, April 7, if additional tickets are available. Tickets will be distributed to students according to the date of graduation applications - first to apply will be first to receive additional tickets.

If you are posting your degree on August 31 - you will not be able to request tickets until you have submitted your graduation application. Once your application has been received, you can submit a ticket request form. We cannot guarantee more than 10 tickets per student - if you request more than 10 tickets, we will notify you by Friday, April 7 to confirm how many tickets you will be receiving. If you submit your graduation application after the deadline to request tickets - March 31 - we cannot guarantee there will be tickets available for you. 

You can pick up your tickets during Grad Finale on April 25-26. If you are unable to attend this event, please contact to schedule a time to pick up your tickets. Any tickets that have not been picked up by Wednesday, May 3, will be given to other graduates.

If you live more than 100 miles away from CBU, you can request to have your tickets mailed to you. After completing the Graduation Exit Process
, forward the confirmation e-mail to commencement@calbaptist.eduInclude your name, student ID and address. Please email your request no later than Friday, April 14 to allow adequate time for mailing. We will not fulfill any requests received after this date.

We will not hold tickets for will call at the Arena.
Any tickets that have not been picked up by Wednesday, May 3, will be distributed to other graduates.

Please return any tickets that you will not be using by Wednesday, May 3. On Thursday, May 4 we will release all tickets that were returned or have not been picked up. Extras will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Location & Times TBD. 

The Arena has metal detectors at all entrances, and guests should expect to go through this screening upon arrival. Items such as balloons and wrapped gifts are prohibited at the ceremonies
Click here to see a complete list of prohibited items.

Due to the capacity of this event, seats may not be saved beyond 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Therefore, to ensure guests are able to sit together with family and friends, they should arrive early. Ushers will place guests in any empty seats in the last 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. 

Doors will open 1 ½ hours prior to the scheduled Ceremony time - no guests will be permitted to enter earlier than this.