Answers to frequently asked questions about Commencement.
Yes. Each student will receive six (6) guest tickets for the May 15, 2022, Commencement. Tickets will be distributed in early May. Students should check their SBU email account for an RSVP link to attend the May ceremony. This link was sent out in mid-March.
Commencement is held in the air-conditioned Reilly Center Arena, a basketball facility. Guests sit in "the reds," chair-back seating in the upper level, and in designated, lower-level blue seats. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The arena will be open to guests at about 8 a.m.
Yes, accessible seating and parking is available. To request accessible seating or parking, please email the Office of Events and Conferences at firstname.lastname@example.org so proper arrangements can be made prior to your arrival on camapus.
Yes, parents and family members are welcome at both events. Tickets are not required.
All visitors to campus for Commencement will be directed to parking lots on the west side of campus, behind Plassmann Hall and the Walsh Science Center.
Yes, the University Bookstore in Reilly Center will be open throughout the three-day Commencement weekend:
A number of dining facilities will be open for all or part of the three-day Commencement Weekend, May 13-15, 2022.
For dining locations and their hours, please visit SBU Dining Services Locations & Menus
Yes. A photographer from GradImages will photograph each graduate at the stage-crossing ceremony. Graduates will preregister with GradImages and receive instructions for viewing proofs and ordering photos. To register, go to: https://www.gradimages.com/registration/Register?ClientID=102008&OccasionRef=163384
Yes. Guests are welcome to take photos throughout the ceremony, although access to the arena floor is restricted.
Jostens, the well-known American company specializing in school-related products, offers personalized graduation announcements, thank-you notes, note cards, diploma seals and other products. To learn more, go to https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1053058/St-Bonaventure-University/
The Office of Safety & Security will provide security services throughout the day. Please note that purses, backpacks, camera bags, binocular cases and other such personal carry-in items are subject to inspection. Please note that all visitors to campus are subject to search.
Prohibited items include:
Permitted items include: