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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here are a few of the questions we get most frequently about Commencement. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please contact us. We are here to help.



Q. When is the ceremony?
A. Click on the appropriate link below to find specific information for each ceremony.

Q. How long will the ceremony be?
A. Each ceremony will be roughly 60 to 90 minutes.

Q. Who is speaking at the ceremony?
A. The keynote speakers include a doctor, judge, poet, business executives and a transplant recipient.

Q. Will there be a photographer?
A. Yes. A professional photographer will be on hand to take graduates’ photos. Learn more and register in advance for your professional photos at the links below.

Q. Can my family take photos?
A. Of course! Arena seats are tiered and offer great views of the stage, we encourage your family to take photos. Families must remain in their seats while taking photos.

Graduating Students

Graduating students

Q. I still have credits/courses I need to finish — will I qualify for Commencement?
A. Please check with your adviser to confirm your Commencement eligibility.

Q. Is there a fall/winter ceremony?
A. No. Quinnipiac holds one set of Commencement ceremonies in May. Those completing their studies in December are invited to participate in the May Commencement ceremonies.

Q. How do I get a cap and gown and what is the cost?
A. Information on ordering a cap and gown can be found at the links below. Caps and gowns are provided at no charge, but advance registration is required. Registration is between January 14 and March 8.

Q. On the day of the ceremony, where do I need to go, and what time should I arrive?
A. Information for the day of the ceremony can be found at the links below.

Q. Do I need to register to participate in Commencement?
A. No. You will, however, need to register for your cap and gown, and your tickets. Every eligible graduate receives information about Commencement through their email. Information is also mailed to the graduating student’s home address and is available on

Q. What is Graduation Station and when is it?
Graduation Station is a pre-Commencement fair for graduating students. Graduates will be able to pick up caps and gowns and speak with staff members involved with planning Commencement while enjoying refreshments and picking up giveaways.

Q. For Medicine – What is the Commencement Corner and when is it?
Medical school graduates will be able to pick up caps and gowns and speak with staff members involved with planning Commencement while enjoying refreshments and picking up giveaways.

Q. When will I receive my diploma?
A. Diplomas are mailed to each graduate’s home address in June.

Q. Can I purchase a class ring?
A. Yes. Jostens will be available at Graduation Station/Commencement Corner with class ring samples.

Q. How can I purchase a yearbook?
A. You can place your yearbook order online at the link below.

Q. When/where can I have my senior portrait taken?
A. Portraits were taken on February 4-8. Please visit the link below for further information.

Travel and Accommodations

Travel and accommodations

Q. When and where should I make hotel reservations?
A. As soon as possible. Most area hotels will take reservations for Commencement a year or more in advance.

Q. Where can I make lunch/dinner reservations?
A. Please keep in mind many area restaurants require advance reservations for Commencement weekend. There are a number of restaurants in Hamden and the surrounding towns. Click on the link below for a list.

Q. Where is Commencement held and how do I get there? 
All ceremonies and receptions will be held on the York Hill Campus, 305 Sherman Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06518.

Parking and Seating

Parking and seating

Q. Where can I/my family park?
A. Ample parking is available at the People’s United Center. Public Safety officers will be on hand to direct you when you arrive. Please note that traffic is heavy on Commencement days.

Q. Is there handicap-accessible parking?
A. Yes. When you arrive at the York Hill Campus, please let a Public Safety officer know you require handicap-accessible parking and they will direct you accordingly.

Q. Is there handicap-accessible seating available at the ceremony?
A. Yes. Handicap-accessible seating is available for each ceremony. For those ceremonies requiring tickets, further information on obtaining handicapped tickets will be provided with ticket registration information in April. For those ceremonies not requiring tickets (Law and Medicine), please see a staff member upon arrival for assistance with handicapped seating.



Q. Can you tell me more about the Parents Reception? Do I need to register? Are tickets required?
A. The Parents Reception takes place the Friday night before the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies. It is free and no tickets are required.

Q. What is the post-ceremony reception? Do I need to attend?
A. The post-ceremony reception is a time to celebrate your achievement with your family and friends over light refreshments. It takes place immediately following your ceremony. It is not mandatory. 



Q. Where can I find information and updates on Commencement?
A. Updates about Commencement will be posted at the Commencement website,

Q. Who can I contact if I have a question?
A. Please email to reach a member of the Commencement Committee. We will be happy to assist you.