Cleveland State University Commencement

Protocols for Commencement Day

To ensure a safe event for graduates, guests and faculty/staff, we must all adhere to the policies set forth by the Wolstein Center. You and your guests must follow the required Commencement protocols listed below. 

Please read carefully:

Bag Policy
The Wolstein Center enforces a strict bag policy for all events – including Commencement. The following bags are permitted:

  • Clear tote bags made of vinyl, plastic or PVC
    • Does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • Plastic storage bag
    • Clear, one (1) gallon resealable
  • Small clutch purse
    • Must fit in the hand, with or without handle or strap
    • No larger than 4.5" x 6.5" with or without handle or strap
    • Can be carried separately or in an approved plastic bag
  • Manufactured diaper bags and medical device bags

Guests may bring cameras with them. However, camera equipment that includes tripods, selfie sticks, monopods, lenses larger than 100mm and camera bags are not permitted.

Arrive early to give yourself ample time to check in at your designated college registration tables to pick up your name card and other materials for the ceremony. Ushers and signage will direct you to your check-in tables on the ground level of the Wolstein Center.

Guests are not required to check in but are encouraged to arrive early as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the morning ceremony, doors open at 8:30 a.m. You and your guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 9 a.m. Processional starts promptly at 9:30 a.m.

For the afternoon ceremony, doors open at 1:30 p.m. You and your guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 2 p.m. Processional starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.

You must arrive at Wolstein Center already dressed in your commencement regalia.

Emergency Procedures
In the event of an emergency which causes a delay of the ceremony or an evacuation of the arena, please listen for announcements on the PA system. Staff and security will also provide direction.

You and your guests will be entering through different gates at the Wolstein Center. All graduates must enter through Gate C. Guests may enter through Gates A, B or D and electronic tickets will be scanned upon entry. Please arrive early and be prepared having followed all guidelines to ensure an efficient entrance into the arena.

There is absolutely no congregating permitted in the arena concourse or staging area. Commencement ceremonies will adhere to very strict timelines. You and your guests should immediately exit the arena after the ceremony and gather with your party outside of the gates for photos and celebration. 

Facial Coverings/Masks
Masks must be worn at all times in the Wolstein Center. Acceptable masks include the following: double-layered cloth masks, surgical masks, dust masks and N95 masks without vents.

Food and Beverage
No outside food and/or beverage may be brought into the Wolstein Center
. Limited Concessions will be available.

Free commencement parking will be available to all students and guests at our West, Central, Main Classroom and East parking garages. Handicap parking is also available in South Garage with a valid placard. Parking staff and signage will guide all vehicles to open parking areas. No parking vouchers are necessary. Review our parking map or check out the Parking Services webpage for general parking information. 

Please note: Staff and faculty volunteers, platform party members and guest speakers will receive parking vouchers to access the South Garage (across from Wolstein Center).

Staff and signage will direct graduates and gue
sts to the appropriate seating areas. Guest seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis and all graduates will be assigned seating sections based on colleges.

  • ADA accessible seating is available. Wheelchair spaces are available in the evenly numbered sections (every other section). These spaces have a combination of companion seating adjacent to the wheelchair space. The top row of the Wolstein Center is also reserved for those guests with mobility impairments. Wheelchairs are available to check out at First Aid located at section 115. These ADA accomodations are offered first come, first served. 

Umbrellas are prohibited inside the Wolstein Center.