Undergraduate Commencement Spring 2016
This year's ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook for those who cannot attend. Check back morning of for links!
The university will hold its undergraduate commencement at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Academic procession begins at 10:15 a.m.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Webster Bank Arena
600 Main Street, Bridgeport
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Kim Barker, Reporter for The New York Times and Author of The Taliban Shuffle (Kim Barker's bio)
Each graduating student must complete this short survey BEFORE they can pickup their reader card and guest tickets. https://go.southernct.edu/forms/graduation-survey
GUEST TICKETS DISTRIBUTION AND CANDIDATE READER CARD
Students eligible to participate in commencement include those who have applied for
graduation with the Registrar’s Office for spring 2016 or summer 2016. These students
must have more than 100 credits earned (not including in-progress credits).
Tickets and reader cards will be distributed to students in person with their SCSU I.D. in the Adanti Student Center. Each candidate will receive up to four guest tickets. If you do not need all four tickets, please leave them so that others may use them.
All guests are required to have a ticket.
All guest seating is unreserved.
All candidates must have a commencement reader card for admittance to the garage assembly area. This card will include the name of your school.
TICKET AND READER CARD DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULe
• Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Senior Send Off) Adanti Student Center Ballroom Pre-Function area
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Adanti Student Center Information Desk
• Friday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Adanti Student Center Information Desk
• Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to noon – Adanti Student Center Information Desk
• Eligible students participating in commencement must pick up their reader card and guest tickets by May 7.
• Tickets not picked up by Saturday, May 7 will be distributed to others seeking additional tickets for the ceremony.
• Additional tickets can be requested as part of the pick up process. If additional tickets are available, students who requested tickets will be notified by email regarding the distribution date.
CAPS AND GOWns
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must purchase a cap and gown at the university bookstore in order to participate in the ceremony. Caps and gowns will be available beginning Monday, April 4. Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A professional photographer will take photographs of you receiving your diploma jacket on stage. The photographer will contact students before the ceremony about these photographs. Their website is commencementphotos.com.
Located about 30 minutes from campus, the arena is easily accessible from I-95 and
the Merritt Parkway. Due to the likelihood of rush-hour traffic on I-95, please allow
yourself extra time to arrive at the arena, consider carpooling and use the Merritt
Parkway, if possible. (See site map for directions.)
The indoor arena is fully air-conditioned and can seat up to 7,000 guests. It is wheelchair-accessible and will provide services for guests with disabilities. These services, available on a first-come, first-served basis, include handicapped parking, wheelchair locations with companion seating, sign language interpreting, and programs in large-print and alternative formats. First-aid medical assistance is staffed by EMT professionals. The first-aid station is located on the first floor of the arena below sections 107 and 108.
The ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Please print out and review one of the guides for all of the remaining details regarding participating in commencement.