Undergraduate & Traditional Graduate Commencement Schedule

Schedule & Instructions for Graduates

  • All rules and security regulations of the Arena apply to all participants in the Commencement Ceremony.
  • All candidates and guests will be stopped at the doors for a security check.
  • Candidates enter the first floor of the Parking Garage next to the Arena.
  • Candidates: follow the balloons!!

Assembly will take place on the first floor of the Parking Garage.

Upon arrival, Candidates will be checked in using their Guest Ticket Confirmation. All candidates will be directed to their School/College for designated line placement. In the assembly area, the College/School Marshal/Commencement aides will direct Candidates.

Please listen to the Marshals and Aides and follow their directions.

All candidates must be assembled with their School/College (in order first by degree, then alphabetically) on the first floor of the Parking Garage at the Arena, with caps and gowns.

Marshal/Commencement Aides for each School or College will be in the assembly areas to assist candidates. Your space in line corresponds to your seat in the Arena. If you are not in line, you will not be in the right place when your name is announced. All directions are to the audience’s left and right. Please listen to the Marshals and Aides and follow their directions.

All candidates will be lined up promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the assembly area and will enter the seating area by 10:00 a.m. When the music begins, each School/College/Institute will be led in by a faculty member carrying their School/College/Institute banner. The candidates will march into the Arena in a single line, followed by the Faculty and Stage Participants. When all Stage Participants are on stage, the Ceremony will begin.

First – School of Arts and Sciences, will enter the Arena floor area single file through the left gate into Aisle A, proceed to the front of the Arena via Aisle A towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in the first row of section L-1 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 14 chairs.

Second – College of Public and International Affairs, will enter the Arena floor area single file through the right gate proceed to the rear of the Arena and enter Aisle C. Proceed towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in the first row of section R-7 and continue to fill each row completely. Each row will have 14 chairs.

Third – Fones School of Dental Hygiene, will enter the Arena floor area single file through the left gate proceed to the rear of the Arena and enter into Aisle B. Proceed towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in the first row of section M-3 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 12 chairs.

Fourth – School of Nursing
, will enter the Arena floor area single file through the right gate, proceed to the rear of the Arena and enter into Aisle C. Proceed towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in section M-5 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 12 chairs.

Fifth – School of Engineering
will enter the Arena floor area in pairs through the right gate into Aisle D. At the gate Engineering candidates will split, one line will proceed towards stage and enter chairs to left. The other line will proceed to the rear of the Arena Enter into Aisle C and enter chairs on the right of section R- 8 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 14 chairs.

Sixth – School of Education
will enter the Arena floor area single file through the left gate into Aisle A, proceed to the rear of the Arena and enter into Aisle B. Proceed towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in section M-4 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 12 chairs.

Seventh – Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
will enter the Arena floor area single file through the left gate into Aisle A, proceed to the front of the Arena via Aisle A towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in the first row of section L-2 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 14 chairs.

Eighth- Ernest C. Trefz School of Business
will enter the Arena floor area single file through the left gate into Aisle A, proceed to the rear of the Arena and enter into Aisle B. Proceed towards stage. Enter chairs to the right beginning in section M-6 and continue to fill each row completely before beginning the next row. Each row will have 12 chairs. If section M-6 is at capacity, fill into the rear of section R-8.

Please watch the Marshal or Commencement Aide for instruction on when to stand. When the row in front of you moves out of the seating area into the aisle, the next row should stand and begin proceeding towards the aisle. There should not be any space between schools or colleges. There should always be one complete line.

  1. Proceed to stage left steps.
  2. Present your Commencement Reader Card to the announcer on stage.
  3. Proceed to President to receive Diploma case and shake hands.
  4. Proceed to Dean and shake hands.
  5. Exit down opposite steps.
  6. Stop for photo.
  7. Return directly to your seat and stay seated.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, participants will leave in the following order: the Stage Party exits first, followed by the Faculty. The School of Arts and Science leads the left half of the Arena in the recessional followed by Shintaro Akatsu School of Design into Aisle A Fones School of Dental Hygiene leads the middle section of the Arena, followed by the, School of Education, Physician Assistant Institute, School of Nursing and the Earnest C. Trefz School of Business, into Aisle B, exiting to the rear of the Arena and out the left gate. College of Public and International Affairs and School of Engineering leads the right half of the Arena into Aisle C, to the rear of the Arena into Aisle D and out the right gate.

  • Arrive on time
  • Bring your cap and gown
  • Dress appropriately: Pants and shirt for men. Pants or a dress for women. Please keep in mind that there are steps on and off the stage, so you will want to wear shoes you can walk in comfortably
  • Bring your Commencement Reader Card and Confirmation Page (The confirmation page is available online from University Tickets at Bridgeport.edu/tickets.)
  • Please leave cameras, cellphones, bags, coffee, etc. with guests or at home. Do not bring prohibited items
  • Do not leave your seating area until the Commencement Ceremony has finished

Schedule & Instructions for Guests

9:00 a.m.: Webster Bank Arena gates open

9:35 a.m.: Graduate processional begins

10:00 a.m.: Main ceremony begins

12:15 p.m.: Ceremony ends (approximately)

  • Bring your ticket
  • All candidates and guests will be stopped at the doors for a security check
  • Make your way to the seating area. (Guests are not permitted in the Assembly area.)
  • Guests may take photos from their seats. No one may block aisles or be admitted to the floor area. Professional photos will be available
  • Do not leave the arena until the Commencement Ceremony has finished
  • Do not bring prohibited items, including helium balloons

Please read the Venue Guidelines for more details.

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