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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 options at the Colonial Life Arena. 

Commencement Tickets

Students who are approved to participate in the Fall 2018 Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional Commencement Ceremonies will be eligible to receive up to five guest tickets per ceremony. 


Distribution of tickets will be managed through Ticketmaster, the same system students use to pick up tickets for athletic events.

Students will be able to access guest tickets online beginning Tuesday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m. and running through Sunday, November 11, at 11:59 p.m. Students who are graduating do not need a ticket to attend their ceremony.

Additional guest tickets will be available on a limited basis to students approved for degree candidacy online beginning on Monday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m.

If a student encounters an issue accessing their tickets, please contact the commencement team.

Extra Guest Tickets

Students who have extra guest tickets they no longer need, are strongly encouraged to cancel those tickets using Account Manager so that they can be made available to other students.

Students found to be selling or buying guest tickets will have the tickets revoked and may not be able to participate in commencement ceremonies.

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 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 Premium Seating Request Form and a staff member from the Colonial Life Arena will contact you regarding your request.