General Info for Guests

 Announcements

Each graduate can receive five announcements free from the bookstore. Additional announcements can be purchased from the campus bookstore, during regular bookstore hours or at the Grad Fair. Personalized announcements require a three-week order time.

Tickets for Commencement

Because of limited seating, each candidate is allocated up to four guest tickets. Graduates should thoroughly read the information on the Tickets page and then indicate the number of tickets needed on the Commencement Participation and Ticket Request Form.

All guests including infants and children need a ticket.

Extra Tickets

Students may request up to four “Extra Tickets” to the ceremony on the Commencement Participation and Ticket Request Form.These tickets are NOT guaranteed and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis as tickets are available.

Please see the Tickets section for more complete information.

Seating for the Disabled and/or Elderly

The majority of available general admission seating is on bleachers. However, reserved seating for the disabled and elderly is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the main floor. One family member may sit with the disabled or elderly guest(s).

Please see the Tickets section for more complete information.

Signing for the Hearing Impaired

Sign interpretation for graduates or guests with hearing impairments will be provided for both commencement ceremonies. Please contact the CLASS office at 612-330-1053 if you will require access to this service.

Ceremony Schedule

Please see the Event Details section for a complete schedule of events.

Professional Photography

Arrangements have been made for GradImages, a professional photography service, to take photos of each graduate as they receive their degree. Free proofs will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent home address after Commencement. The graduate (or you) may then choose to purchase prints directly from the photography service. Please note that you are under no obligation to order.

Students can visit the GradImages web site to pre-register for photography at their ceremony.

Personal Cameras or Camcorders

You and your guests are welcome to bring personal cameras and camcorders to the ceremony. However, you will not be allowed to be in the aisles where graduates are processing during the conferring of the degrees.

Balloons/Noisemakers/Signs

To ensure that everyone has the ability to see and hear their family member’s name during the graduation ceremony, balloons, signs and/or noisemakers are not allowed into Si Melby as they may obstruct sight lines for other guests or make hearing the ceremony more difficult.

Strollers

Due to space restrictions and to ensure we can seat as many guests as possible, strollers are not allowed inside Si Melby Gymnasium during the ceremony. A holding room will be available nearby for storing any strollers brought onsite. Do not leave valuables or other personal items with your strollers. Augsburg is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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