Frequently Asked Questions
Please be advised these questions and answers
should only be used as references
for master degree candidates. Those receiving bachelor degrees
should refer to the undergraduate commencement website.
QUESTION: When is
the Graduate Commencement ceremony?
Graduate Commencement is held each May one day prior to the
commencement ceremony. Graduates scheduled to complete degree
requirements in December may request to defer their
commencement activities until spring.
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,
How many guest tickets will each
There is no current limit to the number of tickets each graduate
will receive at the
May ceremony (subject to change if necessary).
How do I get my tickets?
ANSWER: Tickets will be
distributed with caps and gowns at the Graduation Pick-Up Fair at
April 14-18, 2014.
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
CAP, GOWN and
QUESTION: I am not on campus because of an internship
or study abroad. How can
take care of my cap/gown/ticket pickup (or ordering)?
ANSWER: Contact the SU Bookstore:
Debbie Johnson at
QUESTION: I lost my cap/gown/tassel/academic
ANSWER: Contact the SU Bookstore. On the day of
commencement, Bookstore personnel
will be available in the Civic Center to
assist with such issues.
Should I wear my hood?
Your hood should be carried into the arena. Graduates will be
hooded by the
dean of graduate studies during the ceremony.enter to assist wi
Where is the Civic Center?
The Civic Center is located at
500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21804.
QUESTION: What time do
graduates have to be at the Civic
Graduates should report no later than
5:00 PM for the 6:00 PM ceremony. Be
prepared to remain in the Civic Center once you enter. Do not
belongings. Air horns, balloons
and banners are not permitted.
QUESTION: When will the ceremony finish?
graduation ceremony lasts approximately two hours.
QUESTION: I have guests who can't
make it that day. Are there options for them?
Commencement ceremonies will be webcast so that family and friends
enjoy the celebration, even if they cannot attend the
Commencement Day, look for
the link on SU's home page. The link will be
just before each ceremony begins.
QUESTION: Can I videotape the ceremony?
ANSWER: Guests may videotape or photograph the ceremony
from their seats only.
there a reception after commencement?
All graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception in
Room, immediately following the ceremony.
QUESTION: How is the
student commencement speaker
are eligible to apply if they have a GPA of 3.75 or above.
Members of the
Commencement Committee review and select a
graduate commencement speaker
based on speech submissions.
QUESTION: How can I order pictures?
ANSWER: Grad Images (www.gradimages.com;
800-261-2576) will send
information to each graduate at the home address soon after
graduation with a
proof and instructions on ordering. Grad
takes photos of the graduates
as they are receiving their
QUESTION: I applied for graduation but I don’t know if
I am eligible or have met all
of the requirements.
ANSWER: Information about eligibility to graduate or
honors is obtained from the Registrar’s
QUESTION: I don’t see my question here.
ANSWER: Email firstname.lastname@example.org