Commencement FAQ(S)

Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement

  • Are medical personnel available?

    Medical personnel will be located at the back right corner inside the Fieldhouse.

  • Are wheelchairs available for use?

    Wheelchairs are available for guests who become ill during the commencement ceremony and to transport guests from the Fieldhouse entrance to the seating area.

  • Can I get into the ceremony without a ticket?

    No. Anyone 3 years old and older needs a ticket to enter the Fieldhouse.

    Ways WE are working to maintain pandemic guidelines to maximize safety for all:

    • Guests will be seated in pairs, six (6) feet away from other pairs
    • Guests must enter the Fieldhouse together to be seated
    • Single guests must bring the second ticket to be seated
    • All guests must wear a mask that covers nose and mouth at all times.

    Ways YOU can help us maintain safety:

    • Please DO NOT sell or give away tickets
    • Be sure to keep them safe - lost tickets will not be replaced and no extra tickets will be given
    • Wear a mask at ALL TIMES and maintain 6 FT distance from others

    All ceremonies will be streamed live so that those who can't attend will be able to see you on the stage with President Hawkinson.

    Kutztown University is excited to share this milestone with you. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

  • Can I take food or beverages into the ceremony?

    No food or beverages are permitted in the O'Pake Fieldhouse.

  • Can I take pictures of my student before, during or after the ceremony?

    You may only take pictures of your graduating student from your seat. Please be considerate of others and do not stand in front of other guests. A professional photographer from Grad Images will take pictures of graduates as they receive their diplomas from President Hawkinson and with their diplomas at the end of the exit ramp. 

  • Can I use glitter and Mylar confetti on campus or during the commencement ceremony?

    While commencement is a celebratory occasion, we ask that you please refrain from using glitter and Mylar confetti in your celebrations as it may be harmful to the environment.

  • How long does the ceremony last?

    Each commencement ceremony is approximately 2 hours long.

  • When do doors open to the public?

    Friday, May 7, 2021:

    • 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. Class of 2020 ceremony

    Saturday, May 8, 2021:

    • 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m.     College of Business ceremony
    • 12 p.m. for the 1 p.m.   College of Visual & Performing Arts ceremony
    • 4 p.m. for the 5 p.m.     College of Education ceremony 


    Sunday, May 9, 2021:

    • 11 a.m. for the 12 p.m.  College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ceremony
      • Biology, Computer Science, English, General Studies, Geography, History, Math, Modern Languages, Physical Sciences, Philosophy, and Political Science.                                                               
    • 3 p.m. for the 4 p.m.      College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ceremony
      • Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology


    Please note that the ceremony will start promptly at the scheduled time.

  • Where are the restrooms?

    There are two clean 'delux' restroom trailers located outside the Fieldhouse in the E-1 parking lot. It would be a good idea to use this facility before entering the Fieldhouse. Indoor restrooms can be accessed through the doors in the back right-hand side of the Fieldhouse and through the Keystone Hall doors to the right of the Fieldhouse. There are directional signs posted in the Fieldhouse.

  • Where can I get food and beverages?

    Food and beverages are not permitted inside the O'Pake Fieldhouse.

  • Where can I pick up my pre-ordered flowers or buy flowers?

    The floral table will be located in the back left side of the Fieldhouse for you to purchase or pick up pre-ordered flowers.

  • Where do you go to get into the commencement ceremony?

    The ceremony takes place in the O'Pake Fieldhouse. 

    As you exit the shuttle bus, walk on the sidewalk toward the Fieldhouse doors located to your left.

    O'Pake Fieldhouse Map

  • Where is the accessible seating area?

    The accessible seating area is located at the right side near the back of the Fieldhouse.

  • Where will the students be sitting?

    Graduating students will be seated, spaced six (6) feet apart in the front center aisles.

  • Which side of the stage do the students go to get their diplomas?

    As you face the stage, the graduating students will go up the ramp to the right, walk across the stage, receive their diploma, and exit down the left side ramp.

  • Who can sit in the Platform Guest seating area?

    Platform guest seating is for guests of the platform only. The Platform Guest seating area is located at the front left side of the stage.