The ceremony will be held in the O'Neill Arena of the Ryder Center. The following times are important.
9:00 a.m. - Ryder Center doors open
9:30 a.m.- Graduates arrive at the Ryder Center, entering at the north ramp (second level) or at the south entrance near the Fitness Center. Please go immediately to the East end of O’Neill Arena for instructions and to line up for the processional.
9:00 - 10:55 a.m.- Family and friends may be seated by entering at the north ramp to the second level
11:00 a.m. - Processional
1:00 p.m. - Deans' reception for you and your guests in the east end of the arena
There are no reserved seats. Members of the audience should arrive early for the best seating locations. Seating should be completed before the processional begins. General seating in the O'Neill Arena is bleacher seating with no back support. Please limit yourself to six (6) guests so there will be room for the guests of all graduates.
The University requests that all attendees at the Commencement Ceremony observe common courtesy and safety standards and refrain from using artificial noisemakers (such as air horns) and laser pointers, or other devices which could cause physical damage to persons in attendance.
Special Seating: Chairs or wheelchair space may be reserved for individuals with disabilities. To reserve special seating for guests, contact the Office of Disability Services at minimum two weeks prior to commencement at (989) 964-7000 or stop by 112 Curtiss Hall.
Graduates: Graduates with special needs should contact The Office of Disability Services (989) 964-4168 no later than two weeks prior to commencement
If you wish to present your graduate with flowers at the ceremony, you can conveniently pre-purchase your flowers through CommencementFlowers.com and they will be available for pick-up at Commencement. Sales also serve as a fund raiser for Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity at SVSU.