The Commencement ceremony will be held in the Hearst Greek Theatre. Tickets for all guests are required for entry, but seating for the ceremony is general admission. Please remember to tell your guests that the Greek Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater and to plan appropriately as the weather can fluctuate. Umbrellas and empty water bottles are allowed, but bags may be searched upon entry. All guests must go through metal detectors upon entry. Strollers are not allowed into the Greek Theatre. We will continue to update this website should further restrictions be placed.
Graduates should arrive at 1PM at the South end of the Greek Theatre (See map below). Graduates will then proceed to the EWMBA table just outside the South Gate, check in 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 a 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 through the gate, so be sure to stand either in front of or behind the person you wish to sit with.
IMPORTANT: All students will be required to walk through a metal detector prior to entering the Greek Theatre. Starting at 1:45PM, students will be asked to line up and begin making their way through the metal detectors. Just like entering through other metal detectors, you will need to remove everything from your pockets. To help ensure the procession moves efficiently, please make sure to limit what you have in your pockets. Any purse or bag will also be searched so please plan accordingly.
Restrooms are located at both ends of the amphitheater. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is located inside the North entrance.
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. We ask that all students stay for the entire ceremony. Full Time MBA Students will be acknowledged first, followed by the Evening & Weekend MBA Students.
- Welcome & Commencement Address
- Full Time MBA Student Awards & Student Speaker
- Full Time MBA Conferring of Degrees
- Evening & Weekend MBA Student Awards & Student Speaker
- Evening & Weekend MBA Conferring of Degrees
- Closing Message
A note about guests on stage
For security reasons, only graduates are allowed to sit in the bowl of the Greek Theatre. No guests will be allowed to enter the graduate area or to cross the stage, including children.
We know your friends and family will be cheering you on at the Greek! We recommend taking photos before and after the ceremony outside of the Greek Theatre and at the reception in the Haas Courtyard immediately following Commencement.
Thanks for your cooperation as we are expecting over 4000 people to attend the event.