The Commencement ceremony will be held in the Hearst Greek Theatre. Please remember to tell your guests that the Greek Theatre is an outdoor amphitheatre and to plan appropriately. Umbrellas and water bottles are allowed, but bags may be searched upon entry. Strollers are not allowed into the Greek Theatre but may be parked near the North Side Guest Entrance.
The ceremony will last approximately two hours. The commencement ceremony will be live streamed.
Restrooms are located at both ends of the amphitheater. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is located inside the North entrance.
New Security Procedures
New this season, all patrons entering the Greek Theatre will be required to walk through metal detectors at the entrances to the venue. Please ensure that you arrive early enough to allow for this new security step and to ensure that you are in your seat and ready for the performance on time!
Tickets are required but seating for the ceremony is general admission. Tickets will be required for entry for all guests attending the ceremony (including children and infants). Graduates in caps and gowns will not require a ticket. Tickets MUST be requested in advance (in April) and you will be able to pick them up at WE Lead or from the Program Office starting in early May.
Guest Arrival Time
Gates will open at 12:30PM for your guests to find seating.
Graduate Arrival Time
Graduates may arrive starting at 12:30PM at the South end of the back stage area and must be present by 1PM. Proceed to the EWMBA table and pick up a name card. You will write your name on this card as you want it to be announced when you walk across the stage. This card also serves as record for the photographer, and you’ll list your name and email on the back.
There is no special seating order for the MBA graduates. You will be in a single file line when you go out of the gate, so be sure to stand either in front of or behind the person you wish to sit with. Promptly at 2PM, Pomp and Circumstance will begin and the MBA graduates will march out into the seating areas. Each degree program will recognize several award winners and each will have a student speaker. Evening & Weekend MBA graduates will walk across the stage, have their name read, receive a scroll, shake hands with Dean Ann Harrison and have their picture taken before proceeding back to the seating area.
Children During Processional
Children are welcome to accompany you as you cross the stage (hold their hand or carry them). You can have family or friends bring the children to you at the point right before you go up on stage. Then, after you go across, have them meet you at the other end of the stage to meet the children and take them back to their seats. We ask that all students stay for the entire ceremony. Full Time MBA students will be acknowledged first, followed by EW students (this alternates each year). Please see below for where guests should drop off/pick up children.