Commencement dos and don'ts

Grad dos and don'ts

Do!

  • Double check. Make sure you have your cap, gown, tassel, honor cord/hood (if applicable) and name card with you.
  • Arrive at NOON. Traffic can be unpredictable. The parking lot is huge, the walk to the venue is long and security can take time.
  • Check in. If you did not pick up your name card and honor cord at rehearsal, you can get them at the check-in table Saturday.
  • Wear sensible shoes. The terrain ranges from gravel to pavement. There are ramps and stairs. You’ll be on your feet waiting to process. Trust us.
  • Listen. The marshals are your friends. Let them guide you. This can save you from ending up on the blooper reel.
  • Have fun! This is a celebration of a huge accomplishment. Post your pics at #WSUV2022

Don't!

  • Be late. Plan to arrive at the amphitheater by noon and be in the gathering area by 12:15 p.m. to line up. The processional begins promptly at 12:45 p.m. We’re not waiting for you. Really, we’re not.
  • Bring extra stuff. There is no secure place to store your belongings.
  • Forget to be grateful. Take a moment to thank the friend, professor, parent and anyone else who helped you achieve this goal.

Guest dos and don'ts

Do!

  • Arrive early. Traffic can be unpredictable. The parking lot is huge, the walk to the venue is long and security can take time.
  • Limit what you bring. Bring only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bags no larger than 12 x 6 x 12 inches and/or small clutch bags no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches.
  • Use the Mobility Assistance stations. Drop guests who need assistance at a canopy marked “Mobility Assistance—Cart Rides,” and let us give them a lift to the gate.
  • Wear sensible shoes. The terrain ranges from gravel to pavement. There are ramps and stairs. Trust us.
  • Visit the information booth. All of your questions can be answered in one stop.
  • Bring credit, debit or mobile pay. Concessions will be available.
  • Have fun! This is a celebration of a huge accomplishment. Post your pics at #WSUV2022

Don't!

  • Bring umbrellas. Umbrellas are not allowed in the amphitheater seating area.
  • Save seats. If you want your party to sit together, you must arrive together.
  • Be late. The ceremony begins promptly at 1 p.m. Latecomers will be seated in a designated section.
  • Stand in the aisle. The amphitheater requires aisles to remain clear, so please take photos from your seat.