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Tickets and Seating

Students participating in a commencement ceremony may elect to receive guest tickets for the event. Learn about how tickets will be distributed to students as well as seating features at the Colonial Life Arena. 

Commencement Tickets


Distribution of tickets will be managed through Student Ticketing software provided by Ticketmaster, the same system students use to pick up tickets for athletic events. If a student encounters an issue accessing their tickets, please contact the commencement team.

Check out our graduation and commencement deadlines to learn when tickets will be available to students approved for degree candidacy. The number of guest tickets alloted to each May 2017 graduate will be announced at a later date. Students who are graduating do not need a ticket to attend their ceremony.

Student Ticketing Account

Students who have not used the ticketing system previously for athletic events will need to log into the online Account Manager, enter their student ticket number (9+VIPID) or University email address, and set their password. 

Ceremony Location

The Colonial Life Arena is located on the corner of Lincoln and Greene Streets. The main entrance is located behind the fountain. Please note that all purses and bags are subject to search.

For easiest access, guests should enter from the concourse entrances near the main entrance. All seats are first-come, first-served. Doors will open two hours before to the ceremony.

General Seating

Inside the arena, you may find seats in any of the open sections. Graduation candidates have reserved seating which will be marked and Commencement Marshals in garnet gowns will be on site to assist candidates in finding their seats.

Accessible Seating

Seating for guests with accessibility needs will be available. No prior arrangements are required. One companion may accompany each guest sitting in the accessible seating area. Ushers will direct guests to the nearest accessible seating area. 


A limited number of premium suites may be available for rental during commencement at the Colonial Life Arena. Family and guests can enjoy the ceremony from among the most exclusive seats in the arena. The suites have seating for up to 12 people and include private restrooms. Complete the request form and a staff member from the Colonial Life Arena will contact you regarding your request.