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Commencement FAQs

  • Are there tickets needed for Commencement?
    Yes, Tickets are required for commencement. Students participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive 8 guest tickets. Tickets are free and are required for the May Commencement ceremony for everyone attending, including children. Tickets will be distributed beginning April 3rd through May 3rd, Monday-Friday  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Ticket Office in Memorial Hall Gymnasium. Students must bring I.D. Remember that anyone can watch the Commencement ceremony with live streaming on the Commencement webpage.
  • Will there be an alternative viewing site at Commencement?
    Yes. Commencement will be held in the Alumni Stadium. Seating for family and friends will be outdoors in the stands. However, if any of your guests prefer to watch the ceremony inside, Commencement will be broadcast live on screens in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center (MLKSC) 2nd floor Parlors (ticket required) as an alternative viewing site.
  • Will there be a professional photographer to take my photo as I walk across the stage to receive my degree?
    Yes.  An official photography company at May Commencement 2019 will take photos of graduates as they cross the stage. Students will be provided a card to complete which requests current email, address and telephone number. After Commencement, a proof will be mailed and/or emailed along with purchasing information.
  • How long is the ceremony?
    Approximately 2 hours
  • Who is the speaker?
  • What are the qualifications for walking at Commencement?
    Please see Graduation Requirements on the DSU Commencement web site.
  • Can I still walk at Commencement if I still have to take one or two fall, spring or summer classes?
  • Can I decorate my cap (mortarboard)?
    No.  Commencement at DSU is a dignified occasion. 
  • Why I am not allowed to wear spike heels?
    Heels may cause damage to the Alumni Stadium turf.
  • When do I have to arrive on campus for Commencement?
    8:30 a.m. Undergraduates - Outdoor basketball courts (between the MLK Student Center and Wellness and Recreation Center) Faculty & Graduates - Masters, EdD and PhD - Indoor basketball courts in the Wellness Recreation Center.
  • When can my family/friends come to Commencement to get a seat?
    Two hours prior to the start of the Commencement ceremony (8 a.m.).
  • What activities are there for graduating seniors?
    Please check the DSU Commencement web site under “Commencement Events
  • Where can I get my cap and gown from?
    Cap and gown (regalia) distribution is held in the Bookstore in the MLKSC. Please check the DSU Commencement web site under “Commencement Events.”
  • If I am in a Fraternity or Sorority, where can I get my Greek sash from?
    Stop by the Bookstore in the MLKSC.
  • Is Commencement going to be filmed?
    Yes, however, it will not be for sale.  Please feel free to ask your family/friends to capture the ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed live on the commencement webpage.
  • How many people can I invite to the Commencement ceremony ?
    You can invite 8 guests to May Commencement 2019.  Additionally, anyone can watch Commencement on their mobile device or computer with live streaming.
  • Where do I get my invitations for Commencement from?
    Please attend the Grad Fair in the Bookstore or go to www.herffjones.com.  Click on “Graduation” then click “College”. The DSU Copy Center also sells announcements at a low cost.
  • Where do I get my honor cords from?
    If you are eligible for honor cords, they will be included in your regalia (cap and gown) package. Please check the DSU Commencement web site under “Commencement Events.”
  • What are the Commencement fees for?
    Cap/gown, administrative fees and activities
  • What are the parking options for students, family and friends?
    There will be plenty of parking on campus available on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Prospective graduates as well as their family and friends, can park in any parking lot with the exception of reserved spaces and fire lanes. However, a section of Parking Lot 1 (near the main gate) will be designated for handicapped Commencement parking. Please do not park at area businesses during Commencement. Your vehicle will be subject to ticketing and/or towing. Fines and fees will apply. Handicapped spaces will continue to be reserved for only handicapped designated cars. Handicapped parking and the wheelchair drop-off points for Commencement parking will be near gymnasium and other locations. Special needs and handicapped seating will also be designated in the gymnasium.  Parking on the grass anywhere on campus is prohibited. See Campus Map.
  • How are Latin honors determined?
    Latin honors are based on the previous semester’s cumulative GPA.
  • Can I walk in  May 2019 even though I finished in December 2018?
    Yes, however, your name may not appear in the May Commencement printed program.