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Graduate Family and Friends

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Commencement is an exciting time and we look forward to welcoming you as you celebrate with your graduate!

Ceremony Overview

All ceremonies take place on Lender Court at the People’s United Center on the York Hill Campus, located at 305 Sherman Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut.

All guests are invited to join the graduates at a reception at the Rocky Top Student Center immediately following each ceremony.

Saturday, May 11

  • 9 a.m. – School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education
  • 1 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Commencement Day Order of Events

Doors will open to the People’s United Center one hour before the start time of each ceremony.


Parking for Commencement will be available at the York Hill Campus parking areas. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas including handicap-accessible parking areas.

Programs, photography, flowers and gifts

Commencement programs listing graduates’ names will be distributed at each ceremony.

A professional photographer will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. Graduates can preregister their own email or an email address of their friends and family and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering.

For the convenience of our graduates, families and friends, flowers and university merchandise will be available for purchase in the lobby of the People’s United Center.


The processional will begin 15 minutes before the ceremony start time. All ceremonies are expected to last 60 to 90 minutes.

Post-ceremony reception

Following each ceremony, light snacks and beverages will be served at a reception in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus. All guests in the basketball and hockey arenas are invited to attend.

Consistent with university policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremony. To maintain the dignity of the proceedings, and in recognition of the importance of the day in the lives of our graduates and their families, we ask for your assistance with respect to our alcoholic beverage policy. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tickets, Simulcast and Announcement Cards


All eligible graduating students will receive the ticket registration link and instructions via their Quinnipiac email in early April. Eligible students also will be able to access the link via Blackboard under “Organizations.”

The number of tickets per graduate for each ceremony is as follows:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: 6
  • School of Business: 5
  • School of Communications: 5
  • School of Education: 5
  • School of Health Sciences: 6
  • School of Nursing: 6

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Children age 3 and older are required to have a ticket. Children under age 3 may be seated in a stroller or on a parent/guardian’s lap. Handicap-accessible seating will be available and instructions on obtaining tickets for this area will be included in the ticket email being sent to eligible students in early April.

Please note that there will be no additional tickets available. If you need more tickets, the graduating student should ask fellow classmates who may not be using all of their tickets.

Further information will be sent to eligible graduates in the spring semester.

For more information, please email


The ceremony will be simulcast in the hockey arena adjacent to the ceremony site. Tickets are not required for the simulcast in the hockey arena. Both the ceremony and simulcast arenas are in the same building and connected by a common lobby. Guests seated in the hockey arena are invited to attend the post ceremony reception held at the Rocky Top Student Center.

Announcement cards

Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

Keynote Speakers

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Business, Communications and Education Ceremony

John F. Lansing, CEO and director of the United States Agency of Global Media, will address students in the graduate business, communications and education programs, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

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Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences and Nursing Ceremony

Dr. Reggie Eadie, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health of New England, will address students who are completing graduate degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of health sciences and nursing at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.


A professional photographer will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. You can preregister your own email, or the email of a friend or family member, and you will be contacted as soon as your photos are available for online viewing and ordering.

Travel and Accommodations

Please keep in mind, several area universities are holding their Commencement ceremonies on the same weekend as Quinnipiac. For this reason, please allow additional travel time when planning your arrival for Commencement.


Maintaining the safety and security of everyone taking part in our Commencement ceremonies at Quinnipiac University is of the utmost importance. To that end, certain items are prohibited at the People’s United Center. No alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp onto bleachers, noisemaking devices, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks or poles or weapons of any type are permitted. Neither graduates nor their guests may bring any of these items into the ceremonies.

Guests will be subject to visual inspection of person, bags and clothing that can conceal prohibited items. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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