FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For your safety, bags check will be conducted at entry points. Prohibited items include but not limited to: weapons, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, noisemakers, laser pointers, animals except service animals, skateboards, and roller shoes.
1. What ceremony should I attend?
- You will attend the ceremony for your college. The colleges and ceremony schedule are listed in the Commencement Brochure section of the Commencement website (commencement.uncc.edu).
- University policy states that students participate in the Commencement Ceremony for the term in which they complete their degree requirements. Students completing their degrees in the summer terms participate in the December Commencement Ceremonies.
2. What time should I be there?
- Candidates for graduation should be in the Main Concourse (food court area) of the Student Activity Center (SAC) one hour prior to their ceremony.
- For guests, doors will open 1-1/2 hours before the ceremony start time.
3. How long is the ceremony?
Each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
4. Where will the ceremony be held?
All Commencement ceremonies are held in the Dale F. Halton Arena which is inside the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC). Click here to see the building and its campus location. Place the computer cursor on each building for a description. For your safety, bag checks will be conducted at entry points.
5. Where should I park?
All parking lots and decks will be open for Commencement. Parking is free to all guests. Parking attendants and police officers will be stationed around campus to help direct traffic. Click here to see the campus map.
6. I don’t have a student I.D. card. Do I need to purchase one for Commencement?
Candidates for graduation who do not have a student I.D. card may check in for their ceremony with a photo I.D. and their student I.D. number (800#).
7. Will there be a rehearsal?
- There is no rehearsal for undergraduate or masters candidates for graduation.
- The Graduate School will inform doctoral graduates of their rehearsal day and time.
- Each graduating student will receive an email a few days prior to the Commencement ceremonies indicating their row assignment.
8. What arrangements are available for guests with disabilities?
9. Are tickets needed for the Commencement ceremonies?
- Yes, guests attending the ceremonies will need a ticket to enter the Student Activity Center/Halton Arena.
- For your safety, bag checks will be conducted at entry points.
- Commencement tickets will be distributed to students who will be completing their degree requirements during the spring 2017 term.
- Remote Viewing Areas will also be available for guests who do not have a ticket. McKnight Hall is located in the Cone Center which is within walking distance from Halton Arena (Student Activity Center). Guests may also be dropped off and picked up at the Cone Center entrance on University Road. Elevator access to McKnight Hall is available. Guests who need wheelchair asisstance must bring or rent their own wheelchair. Wheelchairs are grenerally available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies. The Student Union movie theater is located on the 1st floor of the Student Union next to Outtakes Quick Cuisine. Floor level seating is available but limited. Guests wishing to sit in the Remote Viewing Areas can download a campus map here or pick one up at the Arena Ticket Office next to the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC) when they arrive on campus.
10. Do graduates need a ticket?
Graduates do NOT need a ticket and should enter the building where the "Graduate Entrance" signs are posted.
11. Do children need a ticket?
Children aged 2 and under who can sit comfortably on an adult’s lap for 2 hours will not need a ticket. Children over the age of 2 will require a ticket.
12. Are special tickets needed for disability seating?
Special tickets are NOT needed for disability seating. Accessible seating is available on the arena entrance level for guests who use wheelchairs or who are unable to climb stairs, plus one accompanying person. Wheelchair assistance to accessible seating will also be available. Guests who cannot transfer to a seat and need to remain in a wheelchair are encouraged to bring or rent their own. Wheelchairs are generally available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies. Seating is limited so early arrival is strongly recommended. Doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony. Additional information can be found on the Commencement website at: commencement.uncc.edu/accessibility.
13. Are the numbers on my tickets for specific seats?
Tickets are for “Open Seating.” The number on the ticket is for control purposes only and does not represent a specific seat. For your safety, bag checks will be conducted at entry points.
14. I need more tickets. What should I do?
- Check with friends/classmates to see if someone has extra tickets for your ceremony.
- If tickets are still available after the initial distribution, you’ll receive an email with information about obtaining extra tickets.
- Remote Viewing Areas McKnight Hall is a theater-style room with a large screen, located in the Cone Center within walking distance of Halton Arena. Many guests have enjoyed sitting in this area, and tickets are not needed. Guests may also be dropped off and picked up at the Cone Center located on University Road. Elevator access to McKnight Hall is available at this drop-off location. Guests who need wheelchair asisstance must bring or rent their own wheelchair. Wheelchairs are generally available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies.
The Student Union Movie Theater is another remote viewing option, located on the 1st floor of the Student Union next to Outtakes Quick Cuisine. Floor level seating is available but limited. Guests do not need a ticket to enter the theater. Guests wishing to sit in the Remote Viewing Areas may download a campus map here or pick one up at the Arena Ticket Office located next to the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC).
- The ceremonies will be streamed live over the Internet. Information about streaming will be posted on the Commencement website about one week prior to Commencement: commencement.uncc.edu
- The ceremonies will also be shown live locally on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 in Mecklenburg County.
PHOTOS AND DVD
15. Will formal graduation photos be taken?
GradImages will be at the Commencement Fair (main campus only) to take formal graduation portraits. No appointment is necessary and there is no sitting fee. Additional information can be found in the Photographs and DVD section of the Commencement website (commencement.uncc.edu)
16. How can I order photos taken at the ceremony?
- GradImages (gradimages.com) is the official photographer for Commencement. Proofs will be available a few days after the ceremony – both by email and U.S. mail.
- Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. To view your proofs online, please visit the Grad Images website at gradimages.com/universityofnorthcarolinaatcharlotte.
- If you have any questions please contact GradImages Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or by email at email@example.com.
17. How can I order a DVD of the ceremony?