Student Q&A/Sacramento Campus

When do I need to apply for Commencement 2024 Participation?

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It’s the day of Commencement. Where do I go, and when?

The Commencement ceremony will take place at the Crest Theatre. Students must check-in by 10:30am at the registration tables to the right of the lobby.

Are there any special audience seating arrangements?

Other than reserved accommodation and graduate seating, general audience seating is open.

Can my guests come to the graduate preparation area with me?

We ask that guests and family members not enter the graduates’ preparation area. This area is reserved for graduates only for registering, prepping and receiving final instructions for commencement.

Will graduates be allowed to sit with their guests?

During the ceremony, graduates will be seated in a special reserved seating area. Guests will sit in the general audience seating.

How many guests may I invite to commencement?

We will share how many guest tickets each graduate receives, closer to the date.

Where can I order Commencement announcements, invitations, etc.?

Announcements and Diploma Frames can be ordered on-line. The announcement/invitation site will go live by March 9th!


Diploma Frames:

*** Please note that Announcements and Diploma frames are non-refundable.

What if my guests or I need disability seating and/or assistance?

If you didn’t specify on your participation form, please email

Are there any items that I need to bring on the day of Commencement?

You are required to bring your regalia: cap with tassel, gown and, for doctoral graduates only, your hood. If you do not have your regalia, you will not be allowed to walk in the processional.

Will there be any photographs taken of me?

Yes. Photographs will be taken of each graduate as they receive their diploma/hood and after they leave the stage. Students will receive an email following Commencement regarding how to order photos online. Guests will not be permitted to leave their seats to take photos during the ceremony.

How do I order my regalia (cap and gown)?

The regalia site is not yet live. Please check back at a later time.

Return Policy:

1) Regalia is to be shipped back to Oak Hall within 30 days of receiving their order. (include the packing slip)

2) Inside packaging cannot be opened. (Return Sealed As Received) You cannot open & use for photos.

3) You will be responsible for return shipping costs (via: USPS/UPS/FED EX)

Shipping Address:

Oak Hall | 840 Union Street, PO Box 1078, Salem, Virginia 24153

Phone: 540-387-0000

I received my regalia but am missing the tassel. Who do I contact?

Where do I return my regalia?

The regalia is yours to keep and does not need to be returned.

Will there be rehearsals?

No. Rehearsals aren’t held for any Commencement activities.

Where can I store personal belongings during Commencement?

There is no secure place for your personal belongings. If you choose to bring personal items, please give them to your guests to hold onto before the ceremony begins. Alliant and Crest Theatre are not responsible for any damaged or lost personal items. To keep the ceremony as distraction-free as possible, all phones must be turned off or put on silent. Texting, taking selfies or otherwise using smart phones during the ceremony is also considered a distraction to the speakers, awarding diplomas and other platform activities.

Are degrees presented at the Commencement ceremony?

No. At the ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover but not your actual diploma.

When will I receive my degree?

It depends on when you complete your degree process. Once you complete your degree requirements you should receive it in approximately 6 weeks from that date. Please be sure your correct address is on file with the university to ensure that you receive your diploma in a timely manner.

What if my name or address has changed since I submitted my graduation application?

Where do I park?

Please plan to arrive early, so you are not late for the ceremony. Parking information will be provided closer to the date. We encourage that you and your guests use other means of transportation, such as Uber, Lyft, etc.