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Families and Guests

Thank You Mom and Dad

Welcome parents, families and friends! Please read the information in the links below as you prepare for the upcoming Winter 2019 Commencement celebrations.

When to Arrive

We recommend that guests arrive one hour and a half prior to the ceremony to secure parking and seating. Once guests find parking, go directly to the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion. Guests arriving late may have difficulty finding parking and a seat. Guests are not allowed to enter the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion during the processional which starts 20 minutes before the ceremony begins.


During the year, students and staff are required to have University-issued parking permit stickers in order to park in University parking lots and University private streets. On Commencement Day, University of La Verne parking permit requirements will not be enforced.  It is still important to follow parking laws such as handicap permit requirements, red emergency curbs, etc.

Handicap parking spaces are available on a first-come-first serve basis in all parking lots.  The La Verne Police Department and our University Campus Safety Officers do patrol and issue tickets if official permit placards are not posted on your vehicle. Do not park in a handicap space without an official California issued parking permit.


Each eligible candidate will receive 5 guest tickets. All guests attending must have a ticket in order to enter the venue. Children age 2 and under do not require a ticket but will need to remain on a parent’s lap for the duration of the ceremony. Tickets are free of charge, unique to each college ceremony, and only valid at the Commencement ceremony listed on the ticket. Due to the high volume of expected guests, if guests do not have a ticket or they have a counterfeit ticket, they will be denied entry.

The sale and/or copying of commencement tickets is strictly prohibited.

General Guest Seating

The Winter Commencement ceremonies will take place at the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion, which is an indoor venue. Seating is available on the gymnasium floor in chairs or in the bleachers. Seating at commencement is general admission and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Access to the Pavilion is through the East Ramp B that leads directly to the ceremony.  Elevator access is through Main Entrance Door A (front entrance to the Pavilion).

Important:  Due to limitations in space in the Pavilion, please be advised that purses, coats, etc. must be held by individuals and not placed on the nearest seat.  All seating spaces must be kept open in order to accommodate all of the guests at each ceremony.

Handicap Guest Seating

Wheelchair access to the Pavilion is through the East Ramp B that leads directly to the second floor and the ceremony or by accessing the elevator through Door A (at the main entrance to the Pavilion).

  • No wheelchairs are allowed in the aisles due to limited space. Please look for designated wheelchair seating throughout the Pavilion.
  • A limited number of wheelchair spaces are reserved on the main floor. Wheelchair spaces are reserved at the end of rows with (2) designated chairs held for attendants.  Designated wheelchair spaces available on a first come-first serve basis.
  • For assistance at the ceremony, please contact an usher.
  • It is recommended that guests arrive an hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Weather Tip

We recommend that you prepare for the weather since it varies from sunny to rainy in February. Please note that umbrellas are not allowed in the venue since they will block the view of other guests.

Food and Beverages

Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Our aim is to provide for all of our graduates and their guests, a clean and well kept facility to enjoy and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited.


Balloons (mylar or latex) are not allowed. We cannot permit balloons that might be accidentally released that might float into the roof of the building and interfere with classes. Balloons should be left in the car or not brought at all.


Due to limited space inside the Pavilion, strollers are not allowed. Guests will also not be allowed to leave strollers outside of the venue.

Supervision of Children

For safety reasons, children should not be allowed to play on the bleachers or in the aisles and should be supervised at all times. Please do not allow your children to be unattended at any point during your visit.

Disruptive Behavior

To respect the importance and formality of the event for our candidates, no bull horns, noise-makers, or amplified devices are allowed in the ceremony. If disruptive behavior occurs guests could be asked to leave the premises by staff or Campus Safety.

Personal Photography

We understand the importance of capturing the moment. For this reason, the University has contracted GradImages to take a picture of the graduate when they receive their diploma case. Guests are not allowed to proceed into the graduate sections to take pictures or to block the aisles. Guests will be approached by staff and warned to proceed back to their seats. Guests that do not abide by the request of a staff member will be asked to leave the premises.


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