FAQs

How many tickets will I receive for Saturday's ceremony?
Where do I pick them up?

Capella University wants to provide each guest an equal opportunity to celebrate their graduate's accomplishments. Each guest must have a ticket to attend a commencement ceremony. Each graduate will receive up to 4 guest tickets upon check in, at the registration desk.

If you require additional tickets, please complete this form. You will receive an email from the box office regarding your request. Guests can also watch the ceremony from the overflow area.

General seating for the commencement ceremony begins 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start. All guests should plan to be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the commencement ceremony. Late seating is at the discretion of the ushers.

Guests requiring special services such as disability seating are asked to arrive 60 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Please prearrange special seating by emailing Commencement.

What should I wear to commencement?

We recommend guests wear apparel suitable an “afternoon wedding.”  Verify the average temperature of the location of the ceremony to ensure you are dressing appropriately.

Graduates should plan to wear light clothing under their Regalia. Please give your phone, purse and other personal belongings to a family member to hold during the ceremony.

Do I receive my official diploma at the ceremony?

Commencement participants will not receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony. Since learners graduate year-round, we mail diplomas with degree conferred transcripts. If you have already graduated and received your diploma in the mail, and are participating in commencement, you do not need to bring it to the ceremony.

When does doctoral hooding take place?

Doctoral Hooding will take place during the Commencement ceremony. Candidates will be hooded by representatives from University Academic Leadership.

Will there be a photographer?

There will be a photographer taking photos as each graduate crosses the stage. If attending a commencement ceremony, you will receive order information via e-mail after the ceremony. Don't forget your camera so you can capture all the other moments during the special events!

How do I know when I am eligible to participate in commencement?

Degree learners are eligible to attend commencement if they have been approved to graduate or awarded their degree. You will receive an invitation via e-mail when you become eligible to attend a commencement ceremony.

Who do I contact if I have a disability or need special accommodations?

If you or one of your guests have a disability and will require special accommodations at the ceremony please send your request to:DisabilityServices@Capella.edu

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Other questions about commencement?

E-mail commencement@capella.edu

For questions regarding the Alumni Association, please email: alumni@capella.edu