Tickets Required for Fall Commencement Dec. 7

Graduating seniors will receive nine tickets for family and friends at the annual fall commencement, Dec. 7. In the spring, commencement was divided between two venues. Students shown here prepared for the ceremony in the hallway outside the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

Tickets Required for Fall Commencement Dec. 7



For the first time ever, admission to the fall commencement on Dec. 7 at the University of Science and Arts will require tickets.

Fall graduates will receive nine tickets each for friends and family to attend the ceremony in a single venue – USAO’s newly renovated Te Ata Memorial Auditorium (TAMA).  It’s a plan designed by the college to enhance the quality of the event, after experimenting with a split-venue, simulcast ceremony in the spring. The Dec. 7 ceremony begins at 8 p.m.

The fall ceremony won’t need two venues, officials said, because it will honor only 78 graduates, which is about half the number who graduated in the spring. Tickets should be available for graduating seniors in the Student Services office beginning Nov. 14.

The technology that patched the two audiences together in the spring worked – with live cameras sharing TV signals between the two venues.  Using both the Fieldhouse and the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium, the unusual event provided sufficient seating for the 2,100 people who attended. This was necessary to accommodate a record spring class of 140 graduates and their families.

Only one venue will be used this fall because the early December ceremony is likely to draw fewer than 1,000 guests, and TAMA seats 840.  As a result, graduates will receive nine tickets each.  Tickets will be available for pickup beginning Nov. 14 in Student Services, located on the third floor of the Student Center.  Graduates must pick up their tickets by Nov. 30, after which all remaining tickets will be placed in a pool to share with graduates who have greater needs.

All seating is general admission. On the evening of commencement, all unclaimed tickets will be shared with the public on a first-come-first-served basis, in Troutt Hall 302.

After considering a half dozen proposals, and discussing all options with students and faculty, officials hope this plan will raise the quality of the event for students and guests.

For anyone who can’t get tickets, overflow seating will be provided as usual in the Davis Hall Amphitheatre, and the ceremony will be televised live on the USAO Channel (18) over local cable.