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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.
Other than reserved accommodation and graduate seating, general audience seating is open.
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.
During the ceremony, graduates will be seated in a special reserved seating area. Guests will sit in the general audience seating.
We will share how many guest tickets each graduate receives, closer to the date.
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.
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.
The regalia site is not yet live. Please check back at a later time.
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)
Oak Hall | 840 Union Street, PO Box 1078, Salem, Virginia 24153
The regalia is yours to keep and does not need to be returned.
No. Rehearsals aren’t held for any Commencement activities.
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.
No. At the ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover but not your actual diploma.
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.
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.