Graduation and Commencement Ceremony

Day of Ceremony

photo of graduates at commencement

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Graduates

  • Enter at McLin entrance (graduates only) and park in Lot #9
  • Doors open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony
  • Ceremonies will last approximately 2 hours.
  • Must bring student ticket
  • Must have the appropriate cap/gown
  • Check-in at your college table in McLin Gym
  • After check-in, proceed to your college line-up area
  • Graduates will have no access to the guest seating area
  • Graduates must see their faculty marshal to exit the arena floor.
  • When your ceremony ends, please exit through Gate #9
  • Please contact the Office of Disability Services for any specific accommodations
     

Guests

  • All guests must have a ticket
  • Doors open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Ceremonies will last approximately 2 hours.
  • Guests will not have access to the arena floor
  • Guests should enter at Gates #2, #3, and #4
  • When the ceremony ends, please proceed to the nearest door to exit the arena
  • All disability seating is at the top of the arena
     

Faculty, Staff, and Platform Party

  • Faculty/Staff/Platform Party representing their college should enter at Berry Room entrance
  • Must be registered to attend (registration is open October 25 - November 21)
  • Have your ID ready
  • Proceed to McLin Gym or Berry Room for robing
  • After robing: please proceed to the faculty/staff line up area or platform party line up area
  • Faculty and Staff are required to wear the appropriate academic attire reflective of their degree to participate in the ceremony. Cap, gown, and hood can be rented from the University Bookstore. Please check with University Bookstore for more information and timeline for rentals.
  • If registered by deadline, Faculty/Staff/Platform Party will receive an email prior to commencement with additional details
     

Parking

There will be specific traffic flow and parking patterns around the Wright State Nutter Center for the Commencement Ceremony

Parking and Traffic Flow Map (PDF)
 

Backpacks and Bags Policy

All backpacks are subject to search by security personnel upon entering the arena.
 
No backpacks are permitted on the arena floor. Graduates, please give all backpacks, satchels, purses, and any bag over 8 inches to family or friends to hold until commencement has ended. 
 

Photos

Professional photos will be taken by GradImages in the McLin Gym before the ceremony, as well as a photo taken as you receive your presentation folder. GradImages will contact you at your Wright State email and by mail to your permanent residential address. If you need assistance, you can contact their customer service department at 800-261-2576 or by email at ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.
 

    Seating Arrangements (will be updated in November)

    Seating arrangements for the ceremonies are developed based upon the population of the ceremony participants, including the graduating students, faculty, and staff.

      Broadcast Information

      There are several options for watching our commencement ceremonies without physically being there, including online options.

      Live Streaming

      Wright State will provide a live stream of the ceremony as it occurs on Facebook and YouTube.

      The Wright State Student Union will also have a viewing option on the Dayton campus.

      Watch On-Demand

      In addition to live streaming, you can watch the recorded video on our YouTube channel after the ceremony.
       

      Etiquette

      A commencement ceremony is a special event for all involved. It commemorates the completion of an educational goal by the graduate and allows family and friends to participate in a celebration of that completion. Please show respect for everyone who has come to share in the experience.

      • During the reading of graduate names, we ask graduates and their guests to be considerate in their applause so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted. 
      • Please remain for the entire ceremony. 
      • Turn off or place your phone in silent mode to ensure that all guests may hear and enjoy the ceremony.
      • Graduates must see their faculty marshal to exit the arena floor.
         

      Disability Accommodations

      Graduates with Disabilities

      Graduates requesting assistance who are participating in the Commencement Ceremony should contact the Office of Disability Services or call 937-775-5680.

      Guests with Disabilities

      Seating for guests with disabilities and up to two members of their party is available on the concourse level. All seating is first-come, first-served, and reservations are not accepted. For those requiring interpreter services in Section 204, please email graduation@wright.edu.

      If you have questions please contact the Student Union Administrative Office at 937-775-5512 or event_services@wright.edu.

      Wright State University's Nutter Center recognizes the needs of guests with disabilities as defined by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. We continue to make every effort to comply with state and federal accessibility regulations and make reasonable accommodations for guests with disabilities.

      Parking

      Portions of Lots 1 and 2 are designated for our patrons with disabilities. In addition, extra disability spaces in the designated lots and surrounding lots for patrons with disabilities may be held for this event. To park in these areas, it is necessary to display an official state disability parking permit or disability license plate. To ensure you are able to get to the appropriate location, it is very important that you speak with the parking attendants and tell them you require disability parking. For special arrangements, please contact Wright State Nutter Center Event Services at 937-775-4743 or nutterguest@wright.edu.

      Entry to the Arena

      There are access ramps for our guests with disabilities directly in front of the Box Office (near Gate 4).

      Wheelchairs

      Wright State University's Nutter Center provides wheelchairs at Guest Services. You may also ask a Wright State Nutter Center staff member for wheelchair assistance. Reservations are not required.

      Handrails

      Wright State University's Nutter Center provides handrails on each stairway between all arena seating sections.

      Restrooms

      Accessible restrooms are located throughout the concourse.