Seating in Soldiers and Sailors Hall

Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

Q: How many tickets can a graduate reserve for Commencement?

A: Each graduate can reserve up to four tickets using the RSVP form. A waiting list will be held for students who request extra tickets. To reserve tickets, students will need their Carlow username and password. Login troubles can be directed to the Help desk at 412.578.8700, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. The student's Carlow ID can be used to verify identity.

Q: Does Carlow University recognize veterans at Commencement?

A: Yes!  All active, retired or honorably discharged members of the armed services or reserves can pick up a complimentary veteran's stole at the Grad Fair, the bookstore or at check-in on graduation day. You can wear it proudly with your cap and gown.

Q: How long does Commencement last?

A: Approximately two hours.

Q: How are students who have earned honors recognized?

A: Undergraduate students who have earned honors will wear an honors cord as part of their regalia. The honors cord will be provided to you free of charge. They will also have their honor announced after their name (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) on stage at Commencement and it will be printed under their name in the program.

Q: May children attend Commencement?

A: Children may attend Commencement, but they need a ticket. In order for the ceremony to be pleasant for everyone, please be prepared to remove fussy babies from the auditorium immediately.

Q: Can guests take pictures during the ceremony?

A: Photography is only permitted in areas where it does not disrupt the dignity of the ceremony. Photography is not permitted in the aisles where the faculty and students process in and out of the auditorium. A professional photographer will be in attendance taking each student's picture as they walk across the stage.