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QUESTION:    How many guest tickets will each graduate receive?

ANSWER:       Each graduate will receive 10 guest tickets for the commencement ceremony on December 19. Tickets will be distributed with caps and gowns at the Graduation Pick-Up Fair at the Bookstore, November 17-20.

QUESTION:     As a guest, can I obtain a ticket directly?
ANSWER:        No, tickets are issued to graduating students only. It is up to each student to invite his or her guests.

QUESTION:     Who needs a ticket go get into the ceremony?
ANSWER:        All guests entering the Civic Center will need a ticket.  Children of all ages require a ticket, including babies and young children. Graduates do not need a ticket. 

QUESTION:    I have guests who can't make it that day.  Are there options for them?
ANSWER:       SU's Commencement ceremony will be webcast so that family and friends may enjoy the celebration, even if they cannot attend the ceremony.  On Commencement Day, look for the link on SU's home page.  The link will be activated just before the ceremony begins. 

QUESTION:    I lost my cap/gown/tassel/academic emblem.
ANSWER:       Contact the SU Bookstore. On the day of commencement, Bookstore personnel will be available in the Civic Center to assist with such issues.

QUESTION:     How is the student commencement speaker selected?
ANSWER:      Students are eligible to apply if they:

-          will graduate with University Honors (undergraduates only);

-          have a GPA of 3.5 or above;

-         undergraduates - have completed or will complete by the end of the semester at least 56 semester hours at SU, of which at least 30 semester hours are in 300- or 400-level courses with grades of A,B, orC.

Members of the Commencement Committee review and select a commencement speaker based on speech submissions.

QUESTION:     What time do graduates have to be at the Civic Center?
ANSWER:        Graduates should report to the Civic Center one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Be prepared to remain in the Civic Center once you enter. Do not bring personal belongings. Airhorns, balloons and banners are not permitted.


QUESTION:     When will the ceremony finish?
ANSWER:        Our graduation ceremony lasts approximately two hours.

QUESTION:     Where is the Civic Center?
ANSWER:        The Civic Center is located at 500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21804.

QUESTION:     How can I order pictures?
ANSWER:        Grad Images (; 800-261-2576) will send ordering information to each graduate at the home address soon after graduation with a proof and instructions on ordering. Grad Images takes photos of the graduates as they are receiving their diplomas.

QUESTION:     I applied for graduation but I don’t know if I am eligible or have met all of the requirements. OR How do I know if I will be graduating with honors?
ANSWER:       Information about eligibility to graduate or honors is obtained from the Registrar’s office at

QUESTION:     I am not on campus because of an internship or study abroad. How can I take care of my cap/gown/ticket pickup (or ordering)?
ANSWER:      Contact the SU Bookstore: Debbie Johnson at to make special arrangements.                                                                                                      Top

QUESTION:     What is the dress code for guests?
ANSWER:        Dressy but not formal is suggested. However, a wide range of attire can be seen at most ceremonies.

QUESTION:     Can I videotape the ceremony?
ANSWER:        Guests may videotape or photograph the ceremony from their seats only.

QUESTION:     How is the date for commencement selected?
ANSWER:        The Commencement ceremony is on the day immediately following the last day of final exams with some other considerations, including but not limited to, holidays and venue availability.

QUESTION:     I don’t see my question here.
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