Frequently Asked Questions

Where should graduates and guests park?

Parking will be available in the Welte Garage, Student Center Lot, and Student Center Garage. 

What time will the doors open for guests?

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the ceremony.

Is Welte Auditorium accessible?

Yes, and additional accessible parking spaces will be designated.

How many guests can I bring?

Three guests per graduate. If you require more than three guest tickets, please consider attending the spring ceremony.  

Who is eligible to participate?

Please view commencement eligibility requirements in detail here. Students will receive a notification in their Central email account from the Registrar’s Office. Eligibility notifications will be emailed on a rolling basis.

Are young children counted as guests? Are they permitted to sit on laps or stay in strollers?

Toddlers can sit on laps. No strollers are permitted in the venue.

Can family members/friends join graduates on the stage?

Only graduates will be permitted to walk across the stage. The stage area will be a restricted area for graduates and Central faculty/staff. 

Will the ceremony be available to watch online?

The ceremony will be streamed live on the Central website. It will be stream simultaneously with the commencement ceremony with a 20-second delay. The webcast will appear on the main website, and no password or special player will be needed. Any computer should be able to play the webcast, and it will be recorded.  

The stream will also be available to watch in the Student Center. Guests who do not have a ticket are welcome to watch the ceremony from there.  

How long will the ceremony last?

Approximately 2 to 2.5 hours