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Ceremony Information

Dates and Times


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Thursday, November 19

2 p.m. Spring and Summer Graduates Play Watch Online
8 p.m. Tickle College of Engineering Play Watch Online



Friday, November 20

2 p.m. Spring and Summer Graduates Play Watch Online
8 p.m. College of Communication and Information
Herbert College of Agriculture
Play Watch Online



Saturday, November 21

8:30 a.m. College of Arts & Sciences, Last Names A-K Play Watch Online
2 p.m. Spring and Summer Graduates Play Watch Online
8 p.m. College of Architecture & Design
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
College of Law
College of Nursing
College of Social Work
Intercollegiate
Play Watch Online



Sunday, November 22

8:30 a.m. Spring and Summer Graduates Play Watch Online
2 p.m. Haslam College of Business Play Watch Online
8 p.m. College of Arts & Sciences, Last Names L-Z Play Watch Online

Spring and Summer 2020 graduates have already been assigned to a specific ceremony. Ceremonies will include those receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Getting to the Arena

Tickets.

Tickets

  • Tickets are required for all guests. Tickets ARE NOT required for graduate entry.
  • Graduates will receive an email containing their mobile tickets from Knoxville Tickets between November 12–17.
  • Graduates are responsible for distributing the tickets to their guests.
  • There will be no will-call window at the ceremony. If a guest cannot access their ticket, they should contact their graduate to get the link again.
  • Seating for each graduate’s group will be randomly assigned and socially distanced from other groups.

Map.

Parking and Arena Entry

Graduate and guest parking is available in the G10 and G5 parking garages.

Graduates should enter the building at the lower level media entrance, which is located between the G10 garage and the arena. Orange and white balloons will mark the entrance.

Guests should enter the arena on the concourse levels. Gates B, C, D, E, F will be open.

Ceremony Protocols

Graduate entry

  • Face coverings are required at all times in all areas of the arena. Face coverings must not be offensive or vulgar.
  • Tickets are not required for graduate entry.
  • Graduates will enter the arena at the lower level media entrance. The entrance is between the arena and the G10 Parking Garage underneath Gate F. Orange and white balloons will mark the entrance.
  • Doors will open for graduate entry 90 minutes before the ceremony start time.
  • On arrival, graduates will pick up their card at designated registration tables. The card will be used as the graduate crosses the stage.
  • Graduates will be directed to an assigned seat on the arena floor. All seating is socially distanced.
  • Once they have checked in, graduates will be asked to remain in their assigned seats unless they need to use the restroom. Group photos will not be allowed on the arena floor. Graduates are asked not to move between seats on the floor.

Guest entry

  • Face coverings are required at all times in all areas of the arena. Face coverings must not be offensive or vulgar.
  • Doors will open for guest entry 90 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Gates B, C, D, E, and F will be open for guest entry.
  • Tickets are required for guest entry.
  • Guests are asked to bring as little as possible inside the arena with them. This will speed up the entry procedure and reduce chances of lines. The university’s clear bag policy will be enforced. Metal detectors will be in place and guests will be screened on entry.
  • After entering the arena, guests should proceed to their assigned seats.

After the Ceremony

Graduate and Guest Exiting

Graduates will not return to their seat on the arena floor after crossing the ramp. As the graduate exits the ramp, they will be directed to the arena backstage area. Professional photographers will take a formal graduation photo. Students will receive information about purchasing photos directly from the photography company, GradImages. The photo area will be distanced and students may remove their face coverings for this photo if they choose to do so. Photography staff will remain in their face coverings. Students will exit the arena at the same place they entered, at the ground level of the arena outside the G10 Parking Garage. Signage will be displayed to direct graduates and guests to the correct locations. Graduates are strongly encouraged to make a plan to meet up with their guests in the parking garage or elsewhere after the ceremony.

Inside the arena, there will be periodic pauses in calling graduate names to allow guests to exit the arena shortly after their graduate has exited. These pauses will be announced from the podium. To refrain from disrupting the ceremony, guests are asked to remain in their seats until the next pause is announced. No guests will be allowed on the floor level of the arena. Guests are asked to exit the building at the concourse level.

The building must be clear 30 minutes after the ceremony ends to allow for cleaning.