below applies only to May Undergraduate Commencement.
Are tickets required for my guests at Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies?
Yes, tickets are required for the May 2018 Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 a.m. (Colleges of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics, and Health and Human Services) and 2:00 p.m. (Colleges of Business and Information Technology, Education and Communications, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Social Sciences)
Note: Undergraduate students who are graduating in May and August are both invited to the May commencement ceremony.
Are tickets required for my guests at the master’s and doctoral commencement ceremony?
Tickets are not required for the master’s and doctoral commencement ceremony, which will be held on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the KCAC.
Why are tickets required?
The ticketing system was implemented
to be fair to all of our graduating students. In addition, growing attendance numbers at our commencement ceremonies
in recent years have pushed us beyond the capacity standards set by building
Consequently there have been guests
of graduates who, after traveling to Indiana with the expectation of seeing
their student graduate, were not able to gain admission to the ceremony. After
considering many options, we have implemented a ticketing system in order to
guarantee that all of our graduates have an equal opportunity for guaranteed
seats for a set number of guests, while also ensuring we can adhere to the
capacity limits of the arena.
How many tickets do I get?
For May 2017 commencement, each May
and August undergraduate student who has applied for graduation and who has confirmed attendance is guaranteed 4 (four) main arena tickets. These
tickets must be claimed via the electronic ticketing system when
it opens on April 3. Detailed instructions on how to do this will be e-mailed to eligible students at this time.
Do students who are graduating need a ticket?
No. Students who are graduating do
not need tickets. They will be checked in during the procession
What if I need extra tickets?
Students will have additional
opportunities to claim extra tickets should they become available. During the attendance confirmation process, students will indicate if they want to participate in a
computerized lottery if there are leftover tickets. That lottery will take place in late April,
and students who are awarded extra tickets will be sent an additional e-mail
with instructions on how to claim their additional tickets.
Are there other alternate sites available to view the main event?
No. The university commencement ceremony is the main event and the only
Are the university commencement ceremonies available watch by webcast?
Yes, there will be free, live
webcasts of the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on May 11
and 12, 2018. Each
webcast will begin 15 minutes before the actual start of the ceremonies. How to
view the webcasts is on the IUP Commencement Webcast page.
How will I know when to claim my tickets?
IUP will send out an e-mail to all
graduates in early April letting them know when the system is officially open.
Don’t worry—if you have already confirmed your attendance for graduation, you’re guaranteed to
have four main arena tickets waiting to be claimed only by you, and you’ll have
ample time to claim them. Since all information will be distributed through
your IUP e-mail account, we strongly encourage all students to frequently check
Please be sure to keep your e-mail
inbox below capacity so you can receive this commencement information.
How do I claim my tickets?
You will be contacted via your IUP e-mail account with detailed instructions to guide you through the ticket claiming process when it is live on April 3. The process takes only a few minutes from start to finish. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once you submit your order, and will need to save or print your tickets at this time.
What if I am off campus at an internship, student teaching, or studying abroad?
The ticket claiming process is
online so students have the convenience of claiming tickets at a time that
accommodates to their class and personal schedules. As soon as the site goes
live to claim tickets, you will have a specified number of days to submit your
What if I miss the April 3 deadline?
Any student that misses the deadline
will have to go through the appeals process with the Registrar’s Office. Upon
the appeals request, you may be requested to submit information that they
require. The Registrar’s Office will be your point of contact for all appeals
and student record matters.
I have a family member or guest who needs handicapped or accessible seating. Are there accessible seats?
Yes. However, due to the number of
expected participants and guests at the commencement ceremonies, graduates,
their families, and their guests are reminded that the university and the
Kovalchick Complex are unable to provide wheelchairs, walkers, or other
assistive devices of a personal nature. If guests in your party require
assistive devices for their mobility, graduates are encouraged to rent them
from a commercial vendor prior to the event and consult campus maps for the
most suitable parking areas.
Reserved ADA seating will be
designated at each ceremony at the Kovalchick Complex. Depending on the arrival
time and number of guests who attend, there is no guarantee that space will be
available. Because of limited seating capacity, the guest with a disability may
be accompanied by only one companion. Every effort will be made to seat other
party members in the closest adjacent seating area possible. (Please allow
extra time for seating if you have mobility needs, as congestion will be
likely.) Also, it is important to understand that ADA seating is part of the
four-ticket allocation, and this includes any one companion that
Do infants or children count in my allocated ticket amount?
Children age three and over require a
ticket. Children under the age of three do not require a ticket, but must remain on
the lap of another attendee. Please note that, due to fire regulations,
strollers cannot be in the aisles during the ceremony. Ushers will store them
during the ceremony to be picked up afterward.
Will my family and guests be able to be seated together?
All the tickets in the arena are general
admission and therefore not assigned. If you enter as a group, it is likely
that you will find seats together. If members of your group arrive late, it
cannot be guaranteed that seats will be available in the same section your
group is in. Seats cannot be saved.
What if my family or guests are late? Do they lose their seats?
No, all ticketed seats are guaranteed.
What if my guests lose their tickets, or I forget to give or send them their tickets?
must possess and present their own ticket for admission to the arena. Once the paper or electronic copy is scanned,
that ticket is used. Any duplicate
copies will not be valid. Once issued, tickets
will not be re-printed nor re-issued by the box office at any time.
Can my friends on campus come to the ceremony?
Your ticket allocation is yours to do with as you wish, so anyone you choose can be your guest(s). However, all attendees
must have a ticket, so if you wish to use tickets out of your allocation to invite friends, that is permitted.