Information for Students Participating in Commencement

Student Participation in Commencement

Students eligible for graduation in May 2021 will receive notice from Student Administrative Services and will be required to fill out a form on PeopleSoft to indicate that they plan to graduate in the May 2020 ceremony. If at any time you change your mind regarding participation in the Commencement program for May 2021, you must inform Student Administrative Services at (315)268-6451 or through e-mail at promptly. Detailed seating of the graduates is an important factor in Commencement.

Reserving Tickets for Guests

All students who plan to attend Commencement must complete their graduation application through MyCU by February 15 in order to be eligible for Commencement tickets. Each student is guaranteed four (4) guest tickets; graduates do not need a ticket for themselves.

Clarkson has taken on a new ticketing system for Commencement; students will receive the ticket link via email mid March where they will be able to reserve their tickets and have the ability to select the location for their 4 guaranteed tickets. Please note that the arena will be filled to maximum capacity based on NYS Guidelines - some seats may be behind or to the side of the main stage.  There will also be a live stream of the ceremony in the Barben Rooms located in the Cheel Campus Center (2nd floor) for any guests unable to acquire a ticket for the arena.

Ticketing for Guests Requesting Accommodative Services

Cheel Campus Center and Cheel Arena are accessible to guests with disabilities. When reserving your guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony make note of any disabilities.

Cheel Campus Center and Cheel Arena are accessible to guests with disabilities. If a guest requires a ticket for a wheel chair accessible seating area, sign language interpreter, visually impaired seating area or any other accessible accommodation these tickets will be available to request when students order their Commencement tickets online.

A special section of the Cheel Arena will be reserved for those guests using wheelchairs. One caregiver will be permitted to sit next to the guest's wheelchair. Guests with tickets for accessible seating will need to enter the arena using the canopied exterior front entrance of Cheel Campus Center. This entrance will be identified that it is for such ticket holders.

Diplomas, Seating Order & Name Pronunciation

You will not receive your actual diploma during Commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to you after Commencement. You will sit in order by program and have an assigned seat that you will find prior to the ceremony. Please make sure to give the phonetic spelling of your name in MyCU so that the reader can properly pronounce your name.

Types of Tickets

There are two types of tickets that guests may be assigned:

  • a reserved ticket (the green seats around the Arena with an assigned row and seat number)
  • a floor ticket (open seating; first come, first serve on the floor level of the arena)
Ticket Pick Up & Hand Off

Our new ticketing system allows graduates several options to receive their graduation tickets.

  1. Print at home and scan at the entrance
  2. Download to a mobile device and scan bar code at the entrance
  3. Send link to their guests to complete one of the above

*Important Note: tickets can only be scanned one time and a handstamp will be given for re-entry

Tickets need to be given to guests before the doors open. Tickets can be held at the Information Table near the Cheel Campus Center's first-floor Kodak Lounge for guests if they can’t be delivered personally. No one without a ticket will be admitted. The ticketing policies must be shared with guests in advance to ensure the ability to plan accordingly.


This year Clarkson will be transitioning from Black regalia to a green and gold cap and gown. All regalia (cap and gowns) must be ordered online through Herff Jones by Mid to November. You will be able to order your Clarkson regalia by using link below once our new regalia uploaded into their system.

Link to order your Clarkson Green and Gold Regalia

There will be a late-order fee assessed on all orders placed after that deadline to cover expedited order processing and express shipping fees.

Your pre-ordered cap and gown will be available for pickup at the University Bookstore.

Regalia must be paid for in full at the time of pickup. Payments can be made with cash, check, debit card, Knight Card or credit card. Only bachelor's-degree candidates may charge their regalia to their student accounts.

Information for Guests Attending Commencement

Entering Cheel Campus Center

Only doors into the Arena from inside the Cheel Campus Center will be used for spectator entry. For their convenience, guests with disabilities may also enter directly into the arena through a side door near the front entrance of the Cheel Campus Center. 

We ask that large bags, signs, weapons of any kind be kept out of the Arena for the comfort and safety of our guests. Guests are asked to remain seated during the ceremony unless asked to rise to allow all guests a comfortable, safe and positive experience.


On-Campus Accommodations

We are happy to offer guest room accommodations in our residence halls for parents and guests. Please make your reservations by submitting the On Campus Reservation form available here in March. Room reservations will be open until the limited number of available rooms is gone or until May 1, whichever comes first. Exact location of rooms will not be determined until early May.

Traveling to Clarkson University

For information on traveling to Clarkson, please see Visit Us, where you will find links to maps and directions.