The seating area opens at 7:30 a.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The saving of seats will not be permitted. Please be aware that seating will be on the grass and in the sun; no covering will be provided. It is advised that attendees use sunscreen and, if necessary, wear a hat. Umbrellas may be used, but please be considerate of other guests’ sight lines during the ceremony. Also, women may prefer not to wear high-heeled shoes.
Seating configuration for the Undergraduate Ceremony and for the Graduate ceremony.
Special Needs Seating for Guests
Seating for those with special needs will be available in Sunken Garden, east and west. Please note that seating will be in the sun; guests may prefer to wear sunscreen, a hat, and/or long sleeves. Only one person from a party may sit with the person requiring special seating. If any guests have difficulty walking, it would be to their advantage to bring a wheelchair.
There will be a remote viewing area in St. Robert’s Auditorium with a live feed for those who cannot be in Sunken Garden. There is limited seating for 150 people on a first-come, first-served basis. The saving of seats will not be permitted.
Degree candidate seating will be determined based on the number of applicants from the various colleges and schools. Specific seating information will become available in April.
- Degree candidates will be divided by college and school.
- As the degree candidates enter Sunken Garden, Commencement staff will direct them to their seats. Empty spaces are not allowed, and once in a row, students may not move to another seat.
- Students should remain standing until the conclusion of the National Anthem.
- While doctoral candidates are sitting, they should fold their hoods neatly on their laps. They will be hooded by their Dissertation Chair while on stage, facing the audience.
Students who have a special need that prevents them from using steps or walking the distance between their line-up area and Sunken Garden should call (310) 338-1945 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12, 2013.