Family members take pictures of their graduate after the ceremony

Undergraduate Family and Friends

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Introduction

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. Individuals without tickets are invited to watch the simulcast in the hockey arena — which is located just across the lobby of the People’s United Center. Each ceremony will also be broadcast live from commencement.qu.edu, Facebook and YouTube.

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

Friday, May 15

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

Saturday, May 16

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

Sunday, May 17

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

Tickets, Simulcast and Announcement Cards

Tickets


All eligible graduating students received the ticket registration link and instructions via their Quinnipiac email in early April.

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, you should ask your classmates who may not be using all of their tickets, or your guests may watch the simulcast of the ceremony in the adjacent hockey arena.

For more information, please email quevents@qu.edu.

Simulcast


Each Commencement ceremony will be simulcast to the hockey arena, which is located just across the shared lobby of the People’s United Center. Tickets are not required to watch the ceremony at the hockey arena.

All guests — including those viewing the simulcast from the hockey side of the People’s United Center — are invited to celebrate at the reception following each ceremony at the Rocky Top Student Center.

Each ceremony will also be broadcast live from commencement.qu.edu, Facebook and YouTube.

Announcement cards


Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

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.

Location and Seating

Tour the People’s United Center

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Take a tour

Mackenzie Campbell will take you on a tour of the People's United Center, pointing out where to enter, where to sit and everything else you need to know for Commencement day.

Commencement seating chart

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. 

Guests with tickets will enter the basketball arena on the concourse level (row 14) by sections 101 and 116.

Learn more about tickets.

Seating diagram of basketball arena

Lender Court

Seating chart of the Lender Court at the People’s United Center

Individuals without tickets are invited to watch the simulcast in the hockey arena — which is located just across the lobby of the People’s United Center. Each ceremony will also be broadcast live from commencement.qu.eduFacebook and YouTube.

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

Guests with Disabilities

Parking


If you or a member of your party has a disability that requires special parking accommodations, please notify the Public Safety officers when you arrive at the People’s United Center. They will direct you to handicap-accessible parking. Please note, Public Safety also operates golf carts and shuttles to and from the parking area and the arena and reception areas.

Tickets and seating


Handicap-accessible accessible seating will be available. Further information will be sent to eligible graduates in a ticket email in the spring semester.

Sign language interpreter


An American Sign Language interpreter will be present at all ceremonies.

Parents Reception

Parents and their graduates are invited to attend a reception on Friday, May 15, 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.

Photography

A professional photographer from Island Photography will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented. Information for ordering prints will be emailed to each graduate. 

Safety

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.

Connect with Us

Join the conversation - #QU2020

Tweet your photos, thoughts and well-wishes to @QuinnipiacU. And don't forget to include #QU2020 in all of your Commencement-related tweets.