Information for Graduates
Arrival Times and Location
One graduation ceremony will be held for both master's and bachelor's degree recipients on Signaigo Field at 9:00 a.m. Report to the processional line-up area in the Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. for the ceremony. Please notify all guests that they must arrive by 8:30 a.m. Commencement will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and is estimated to last two hours.
Parking permits are not required on commencement day. All lots are specifically designated for each member of our community. Graduates should park in the Central Lot and the faculty/staff lot behind St. Benilde Hall and Canale Arena. Commencement Parking Map»»
Seating for the 2019 Commencement on Signaigo Field is open, no tickets required. If an inclement weather call is made, each graduate will receive a specific amount of rain tickets. All guests must have a ticket to enter the alternate venue.
Graduates with Disabilities or Mobility Limitations
Special seating for graduates with disabilities or limited mobility will be available in the graduate seating area. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Requests will only be accepted via email and should be made as soon as possible.
The Office of Student Life is holding a Graduation Fair, which is mandatory for graduating students. The event will be held on March 26, 2019 in Sabbatini Lounge. The average time you will need to set aside for the grad fair is about 30 minutes. You must attend one of the two sessions:
- March 26, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
- March 26, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
At the Graduation Fair, photographers will take cap and gown (loaned for the occasion) photos of graduating students. There is no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase. Proofs will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the sitting.
Custom-imprinted graduation announcements will be provided for you at the Graduation Fair. Each student will receive 15 announcements.
Traditional academic regalia (cap and gown) is considered standard apparel for graduates at Commencement. To ensure proper sizing, please submit your regalia sizes through the Graduate Information Form as soon as possible. Caps and gowns will be distributed on May 8, 2019. Fraternity and sorority stoles, pins, etc. may be worn during the Commencement exercises and the baccalaureate.
Remember that you'll be wearing a long robe over your clothes, so dress comfortably in cool, lightweight fabrics to avoid the possibility of overheating. Wear something with pockets so you can carry your wallet and phone. To make it across the field without incident or tripping, we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and avoiding heels on the field.
Printed programs containing the names of graduates, a list of faculty, and other information about Commencement will be distributed on Commencement day. Your program will be on your chair.
Please silence cell phones and personal electronic devices during the ceremony.
The Memphis weather is very variable in mid-May. It may be cool, or it could be very warm, and there is little shade available at the Commencement site.
Our team is monitoring the weather. If weather conditions worsen and prevent an outdoor ceremony, an email and text message will be sent to the entire CBU family, and we will post an announcement here. You can receive text message alerts by texting "BUCS" to 313131. This announcement would come no later than 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. If no announcement is made, assume that the ceremony will be held outside as scheduled.
Per fire marshal regulations, all guests are required to have tickets to enter the alternate rain site. Unfortunately, there are no tickets available above the four you receive. Participating faculty, staff, and dignitaries will not be required to have tickets.
For those without tickets who are unable to access the rain site, CBU will provide a live broadcast of the ceremony in Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall on CBU's campus. No tickets are required. The mobile-friendly live stream will also be available to those who want to watch remotely via the web.
We will make every possible effort to hold the graduation ceremony outside. An announcement will be made only if weather forces the ceremony inside. Your understanding is appreciated.
Meeting Guests after the Ceremony
Please make arrangements before Commencement to meet your family and friends after the ceremony. Please remind guests that the audience must remain in their seats during the Recessional.