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What guests should know before arriving at Commencement at IVC.

Please review, in detail, the Guest FAQs section for important information related to the ceremony including arrival times.

Please note that the IVC ceremony starts promptly at 5 pm. Guests arriving late will be asked to wait so as not to interrupt the graduate processional. As such, we highly recommend all guests arrive at least one hour before the ceremony begins.

The ceremony begins at 5 pm sharp and lasts roughly two hours.

Commencement takes place at the IVC Live Oak Terraces, which is an outdoor venue.

The Live Oak Terraces will be open for seating beginning at 3 pm. Seating is first come, first served. Out of respect and fairness for all graduates and their guests, the saving of seats is not permitted. 

The Live Oak Terraces is an open, outdoor venue with a shade structure partially covering the student seating area. Guest seating will not be shaded.

Yes, there will be spaces available for guests who use wheelchairs. Please have your graduate specify your accessibility need when they register for commencement, or visit our accessibility booth on the day of the ceremony for assistance.

There are two campus entrances along Jeffrey Road which lead directly to Lot 5 and Lot 6, which are closest to the event venue. See campus map.

Parking is available throughout campus, free of charge on the day of commencement. Lots 4, 5 and 6 are the closest to the event venue. There is designated ADA parking in Lot 5 (nearest the Performing Arts Center). See campus map. Parking for students and guests is complimentary on the day of commencement. Parking permits are not required that day.

Restrooms are located inside of the Student Services Center (SSC), Business Sciences and Technology Innovation Center (BSTIC) and Physical Education (PE) building. See campus map.

Please reference the IVC Map to view vending options and water fill stations.

As a courtesy to all guests, we ask that attendees not bring air horns, noisemakers, or large objects that will obstruct the view of others. Examples include but are not limited to balloons, streamers, or banners.