Arrival Procedures

Master, Bachelor and Associate Degree Candidates

Graduates should arrive at the time and place listed below in order to check-in and receive further instructions.

  • May 14, 2022 | 8:30 am
  • Renasant Convention Center | Ballroom A, Level 2 | 255 N Main Street | Memphis TN 38103
  • (Doors to the Graduate Room will not open before 8:20a.m.)

Business Office Account

Graduates must have a zero balance in the Business Office in order to receive your diploma and transcripts. If your account HAS a balance, it will be put on hold and your diploma will not be available until the account balance has been addressed.

Diplomas

Diplomas, if not already received, will be available for pick-up from the Office of the Registrar 2-4 weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will be notified via their CBU email once diplomas are ready to be released. After 2 weeks, any unclaimed diplomas will be mailed to the diploma mailing address indicated on the graduation application.

Covid-19 Precautions

Christian Brothers University will comply with all mandated policies outlined by health and governmental guidelines. All graduates and guests are encouraged to wear a mask inside the venue. Requirements will be sent to graduates’ CBU email addresses and posted on university social media platforms.

Grad Room

Upon arrival at the Renasant Convention Center, all commencement participants will report to Ballroom A to receive walking cards, honor cords, final instructions for the ceremony and be photographed. The Grad Room is open to commencement participants only.

Guests with Mobility Limitations

The Renasant Convention Center is fully ADA compliant with an elevator that is accessible to both levels of the venue, designated disability seating locations, and wheelchair accessibility. Guests who require the use of an elevator should park in the attached garage and ask for assistance upon entry. Guests must bring their own wheelchairs. Graduates — or their family members — should email commencement@cbu.edu for further instructions.

Parking

Renasant Convention Center has over 3,000 parking spaces on site. Parking for guests with disabilities is available at every entrance. Graduates should plan to use the West (Main) — Landers Nissan Entrance — in order to check-in to the Grad Room on the main level of the Renasant Convention Center.

Parking for graduates and guests is complimentary in the parking garage connected to the Renasant Convention Center. The code word for complimentary parking is “LASALLIAN.” In the event that parking in the garage is not available, guests may find parking spots in the various lots around the Convention Center. Please carry cash, as many lots do not accept credit or debit card payments.

Tickets

Seating for the Commencement ceremonies at the Renasant Convention Center is limited and tickets are required. All guests will be screened by Renasant Convention Center staff upon entrance to the building. Renasant Convention Center utilizes security staff in and around the facility, as well as video technology to enhance the safety and security of all guests.

Graduates will each receive seven general admission tickets for their guests. Each guest must present a ticket to attend the ceremony. Students wishing to request additional commencement tickets may complete this form. Information regarding extra tickets will be provided on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Commencement Programs

Printed programs containing the names of graduates, a list of faculty, and other information about Commencement will be distributed on the event. Graduates’ programs will be on their chairs. Guests will be able to pick up their programs as they enter the venue.

Video/Livestream

The 2022 Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed at cbu.edu/commencement and on the CBU YouTube channel. The livestream will be archived on YouTube for viewers.

Concessions/Food & Beverage

Guests are not permitted to bring any food or beverages into Renasant Convention Center. Containers such as bottles, cans, thermos bottles or plastic coolers are not permitted for the safety and protection of our guests. 

Photography 

Except for registered members of the media and CBU staff, cameras and video equipment are not allowed in the graduate area during the ceremony. Guests are requested to be considerate of the graduates and other guests and remain in the public seating areas throughout Commencement exercises.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available throughout the Renasant Convention Center. Contact a Renasant Convention Center staff member for further instruction.

Smoking

In compliance with local and state laws, Renasant Convention Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking may result in ejection from an event.

Cell Phones 

Please silence cell phones and personal electronic devices during the ceremony.

Pets

Dogs and other animals, other than service animals, are not permitted in the Renasant Convention Center.

Alcohol

Pursuant to CBU administrative policy, alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or around the Commencement exercises. All violators of this policy will be asked, at the least, to dispose of their open containers and remaining beverages, and may face ejection from the Renasant Convention Center.

First Aid

Certified medical professionals are available at the First Aid station during all events to assist guests with medical needs. In addition, Renasant Convention Center is equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) found in various locations throughout the facility. Designated employees, including our EMT staff, have been properly trained and certified to use the AED. Guests in need of emergency first aid should contact the nearest Renasant Convention Center employee for assistance.

Meeting Guests after the Ceremony

Graduates are urged to make arrangements before Commencement on where to meet family and friends after the ceremonies. Please remind guests that the audience must remain in their seats during the Recessional.

Graduates Living in the Residence Halls

Graduates residing on campus and who plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, must be completely moved out of the residence hall and officially checked out with Residence Life staff by 10:00 am on Sunday, May 15.


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