• For May 2018 undergraduate commencement ceremonies, each undergraduate student eligible for graduation is guaranteed up to four (4) main arena tickets. Tickets are free.

    Only students who have applied for graduation and who have confirmed their attendance for the university’s main ceremonies will be able to claim their tickets and participate in the computerized lottery for any additional tickets.

  • In Brief

    • Tickets are required for those attending Undergraduate Commencement (associate’s and bachelor’s degrees).

    • No tickets are needed for Graduate Commencement (master’s and doctoral degrees).

    • Graduating students do not need a ticket.

    • Students who confirm their attendance for graduation by 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, will be able to claim up to four tickets for their guests.

    • See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

    • Each ticket will allocate one (1) general admission seat in the arena seating area.

    • All tickets are general admission, so guests are encouraged to arrive early and enter together in order to be assured seating together. Seat saving is not permitted; ushers will be filling all open seats as the arena fills.

    • Tickets will be sent to graduates electronically as part of the online process and must be printed and distributed to guests by the student in advance of the ceremony.

    • Only one copy of each ticket can be used for admission. The first ticket to be scanned will be granted entry. Duplicate copies will be invalid.

    • Tickets are free and cannot be “sold.” If someone is found to be “selling” tickets, disciplinary action will be taken by the university.

    • Students graduating do not need a ticket. Students who are graduating and attending the ceremony will be checked in during the procession lineup.

    • Handicapped accessible seating is available. Those seats are to be counted in the four-ticket-per-undergraduate allocation.

    • Children under three who can be seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket, but they must remain there during the ceremony.

    The deadline to confirm attendance for one of the two university ceremonies is 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

    On April 3–4, 2018, each student who confirmed their attendance for university commencement will be sent an e-mail with instructions on how to claim their initial up-to-four guest tickets.

    Also, at the time of attendance confirmation, students will be asked if they want to be included in the computerized lottery that will take place in late April. The computerized lottery will be only for those who confirmed their attendance by the deadline and only if there are any leftover tickets. During the week of April 16, students who were awarded tickets through the computerized lottery will be sent an additional e-mail to their IUP account with instructions on how to claim these tickets.

    The first morning ceremony will be at 9:00 a.m. on May 12, 2018, for undergraduate students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Health and Human Services. The second (or afternoon) ceremony will be at 2:00 p.m. for undergraduate students from the College of Education and Communications, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

    The University Commencement Ceremony is the main event and the only event site. However, the university does provide a free live webcast of the undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2018. The webcasts can be viewed live on the university’s live stream YouTube channel. After the event, the video recorded during the live stream will be available to watch anytime. Each webcast will begin 15 minutes before the actual start of the ceremonies. Check the Commencement Webcast page for details.