Frequently Asked
Questions

Some of our most asked questions are displayed below. If your question isn't covered here, please email commencement@udel.edu. 

Health and Safety

Updated May 23: Masks are recommended but not required for Commencement and outdoor Convocation ceremonies.

Face masks must be worn indoors except when actively eating or drinking. This requirement applies to all UD-sponsored events, no matter the location on or off campus. Presentation speakers may remove their masks while presenting as long as they are more than six feet from others in attendance.

Graduates may remove their masks while they walk across the stage as long as they remain at least six feet from others in attendance. 

No. Masks are recommended but not required for Convocation ceremonies held in the tent on the Green.

The daily health check will not be required to attend Commencement and/or Convocation events.

Arrival

Graduates should plan to arrive when gates/doors open for their ceremony and go directly to the designated graduate check-in area for each event location.  Please check the scheduled times for gates to open for the ceremony you are attending. Schedule and details can be found here.

Please plan to arrive early. There may be delays with traffic or due to social distancing and health and safety protocols.

Graduates will enter through the general admission gates, pass through security check, show their ticket, and enter the field to take their seat. There will not be a processional of graduates into the stadium at Commencement.

Please plan to arrive early. There may be delays with traffic or due to social distancing and health and safety protocols.

Yes, there will be a live webcast of the Commencement ceremony. If you have family or friends unable to attend this year’s Commencement, they can view the ceremony live on the UD Live Website.

Delaware Stadium’s address is 625 South College Avenue, Newark DE. In case your GPS does not recognize that address, you can also use the latitude and longitude, which is 39.66, -75.75.

Tickets and Seating

Yes, graduates need tickets to enter the stadium.  

Yes, all guests aged 3 and over need tickets. We offer complimentary admission to children two years of age or younger, provided they are accompanied by an adult. These children must sit in the lap of the accompanying adult and not occupy an additional seat. Children must be supervised at all times.

 Unless otherwise noted, seating is general admission.

No, all tickets are free of charge.

Tickets for guests will be available from April 11 through May 7, 2022. A link will be provided on the Commencement website.

Yes, each eligible graduate is allotted 4 guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony on the morning of Saturday, May 28 and 6 guest tickets for their Convocation.

No. Graduating students must reserve their guest tickets using their University of Delaware ID number and email.

All venues are ADA accessible. A regular ticket is required. Accessible seating may be requested when reserving tickets.

Security for May 28 Commencement

Enhanced security will be in place for the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Security personnel will be at each entrance to Delaware Stadium and conduct a security screening. We reserve the right to deny admittance to any individual. 

The following items are prohibited:

 

  • Bags (clear or otherwise)

    • Includes backpacks, purses, coolers and camera bags

  • Liquids of any type

  • Empty bottles

  • Flowers or flower leis

  • Umbrellas

  • Signs or banners of any size

  • Pets (except service animals)

  • Noisemaking devices (e.g., compressed air horns)

  • Mace or similar substances

  • Glitter or confetti

  • Beach balls

  • Balloons

  • “Selfie sticks” or poles

  • Pocket knives/multi-tools

  • Lighters

  • Laser pointers

  • Fireworks

  • Can openers

  • Weapons of any type

  • Disruptive behavior

  • Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate by security staff

 

Guests are permitted to bring cameras; however, graduates are not. Cell phones are permitted for both groups.

The following items are permitted at Delaware Stadium:

ALL ATTENDEES

  • Cameras
  • Video recorders
  • Uncased binoculars
  • Seat cushions
  • Cell phones and electronic mobile devices

GRADUATING STUDENTS

  • Cell phones
  • Photo ID
  • Cap & gown
  • Sunglasses

Concessions and free water will be available inside the stadium.

Security for College Convocations

These restrictions are in place for college convocation ceremonies at Delaware Stadium on Friday, May 27th, only. This includes Lerner College of Business and Economics, the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Health Sciences convocation ceremonies. 

Please see additional FAQs for information about the main commencement event on May 28. 

 

For the comfort and safety of all, the following items are not permitted in Delaware Stadium:

  • Noisemakers
  • Large Bags
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Coolers / ice chests / thermoses
  • Footballs / Athletic Equipment
  • Strollers
  • Outside food or drink
  • Open Containers
  • Bottles / cans
  • Weapons / firearms
  • Umbrellas
  • Backpacks
  • Banner / Signs

Security personnel reserve the right to deny admittance to any individual and to prohibit items that may not be included on the above list.

Please note that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the University of Delaware campus. 

There may be additional restrictions on the non-UD venues on May 24-25. Information is forthcoming. 

Parking

Parking is available for all Convocation and Commencement venues on campus. For additional information on parking, please refer to the Directions & Parking  web page for information. There are several privately owned parking lots close to the stadium that are not UD property. Please do not park in these lots as the owners may tow you at your expense.

Tailgating is not permitted in any parking lot during commencement. 

Other Information

Each ceremony will last between 2-3 hours.

Graduation ceremonies (Convocations and Commencement) are rain or shine events.  In the event of extreme inclement weather (i.e. lightning, thunderstorms, etc.) the ceremonies will be truncated, or in extreme cases, canceled. 

If a weather decision needs to be made, Graduates will be notified as soon as possible.

Each ceremony will be live streamed at udel.edu/udlive. However, an indoor location on campus will not be provided. 

Volunteers and staff in and around each ceremony location will assist you with any questions. 

Certified service animals or service animals in training are welcome.  All other animals are prohibited. 

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