Family and friends cheer in the audience at Commencement

Undergraduate Family and Friends

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

Ceremony Overview

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

Graduates and their guests are invited to a reception immediately following each ceremony.

Friday, May 17

  • 5 to 7 p.m. – Parents Reception, Rocky Top Student Center

Saturday, May 18

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

Sunday, May 19

  • 9 a.m. - School of Business, School of Engineering

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.

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 will also 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: 4
  • School of Business: 5
  • School of Communications: 4
  • School of Engineering: 5
  • School of Health Sciences: 4
  • School of Nursing: 4

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Children age 3 and older are required to have a ticket. Handicap-accessible seating will be available. Children under age 3 may be seated in a stroller or on a parent/guardian's lap.

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 post ceremony reception held at the Rocky Top Student Center.

Announcement cards

Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

Parents Reception

Parents and their graduates are invited to attend a reception on Friday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus. The reception is social in nature and provides graduates and their parents with an opportunity to come together with faculty and administration as well as their classmates. Light food, wine, beer, soda and water will be available.

There are no tickets required for this event.


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.


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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