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Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremonies

Dates and Times


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Spring 2024 ceremonies will take place in Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center, unless otherwise noted. Each ceremony is estimated to last two to two-and-a-half hours. Graduates are required to stay for the entire ceremony. College-based ceremonies are only for undergraduates, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, May 16

8:30 a.m. College of Law  Play Webcast TBD
12:30 p.m. Herbert College of Agriculture  Play Webcast TBD
4:30 p.m. College of Architecture and Design Play Webcast TBD
7:30 p.m. College of Communication and Information Play Webcast TBD

Friday, May 17

8:30 a.m. College of Social Work  Play Webcast TBD
12:30 p.m. College of Nursing  Play Webcast TBD
4:30 p.m. College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and College of Music Play Webcast TBD
7:30 p.m. Tickle College of Engineering Play Webcast TBD

Saturday, May 18

9:00 a.m. Graduate Hooding Ceremony

(All Master’s and Doctoral candidates, except Veterinary Medicine and Law)

 Play Webcast TBD
10:00 a.m. College of Veterinary Medicine*

*Location: Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Contact your college for registration information. 

  PlayWebcast

1:00 p.m. Haslam College of Business Play Webcast TBD
5:30 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences Play Webcast TBD

Sunday, May 19

10:00 a.m. Audiology and Speech Pathology**

**Location: Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center. Contact your program for registration information.

Monday, May 20

2:00 p.m. CT Nashville MSSW Graduate Hooding Ceremony***

***Location: Trevecca’s Boone Center, Nashville, TN. Contact your program for registration information.



Getting to the Arena


Map.

Parking and Arena Entry

Due to a partial closure of Phillip Fulmer Way, including the intersection at Peyton Manning Pass, for continued renovations to Neyland Stadium – we encourage guests to arrive in the following manner:

  • We expect heavy traffic around the arena and parking garage. Please plan your arrival time and route to the arena with this in mind (consult Google Maps or Waze for real-time traffic).
  • For G10 garage, please enter from Neyland Drive (across from the Wayne G. Basler boathouse).
  • Additional parking is available off Lake Loudoun in student parking areas: C8 (Lake Loudoun & Volunteer Boulevard lot) and G5/C6 (surface lot next to Andy Holt Tower), and G16 garage levels 1-5 (Volunteer Boulevard & Pat Head Summitt).
    • Please do not park in Staff (S) areas. Many ceremonies take place during a regular workday for staff.
  • Avoid traffic congestion at Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Neyland Drive intersection by using alternative entry points to campus – such as Joe Johnson, Volunteer Boulevard West, Volunteer Boulevard by Greve, Dunford, and Henson. Do not use Phillip Fulmer Way off Cumberland.
  • Accessible/handicapped spaces are available in all parking areas. We recommend both the G10 garage and the G5/C6 surface lot with the bridge to the arena.

For more information, visit Parking & Transportation / Commencement Parking.

Graduates enter the venue at the lower floor-level Media entrance. Orange and white balloons will mark the entrance.

Guests enter the arena at the upper level gates.

Ceremony Protocols

Graduate entry

  • Tickets are not required for graduate entry.
  • Graduates will enter the arena at the lower level Media entrance near G-10 garage. 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.
  • All graduates will participate in a processional. They will be directed to a designated spot to wait in line.
  • Graduates are asked to bring as little as possible inside the venue with them. This will speed up the entry procedure and reduce chances of lines. The university’s clear bag policy will be enforced. Security screenings will be in place as graduates enter the building. Thompson-Boling Arena is unable to store or secure prohibited items.

Guest entry

  • Doors will open for guest entry 90 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. The upper level gates will be open for guest entry.
  • There are currently no plans to require tickets for entry.
  • Guests are asked to bring as little as possible inside the venue with them. This will speed up the entry procedure and reduce chances of lines. The university’s clear bag policy will be enforced. Security screenings will be in place prior to entering the building. Thompson-Boling Arena is unable to store or secure prohibited items.

After the Ceremony

Graduate and Guest Exiting

Graduates are required to return to their seat on the arena floor after crossing the stage. After all graduates have crossed the stage, graduates and guests will rise to sing the Alma Mater.

Graduates will exit at the concourse level and are encouraged to make a plan to meet up with their guests in the parking garage or elsewhere after the ceremony. No guests will be permitted on the arena floor.