Welcome, Families and Friends!
Thank you for your support of your graduate! We're excited to welcome you to campus for commencement this year.
2017 Commencement Ceremonies
|School(s)||Ceremony Date and Time||Candidates Arrival Time||Arena Opens to Guests|
|College of Health and Human Services,
Bertolon School of Business
|Saturday, May 20,
|8:30 am||9 am|
|College of Arts and Sciences,
School of Education
|Saturday, May 20,
|1:30 pm||2 pm|
|School of Graduate Studies||
Thursday, May 18,
Please note: all three ceremonies will be broadcast live online.
Questions about commencement? Fill out the commencement contact form or call 978.542.7455.
Event Admission Policy
All family members and guests must have a valid bar-coded ticket to be admitted to the O’Keefe Sports Complex, including children and guests with disability seating requests. There will be no exceptions. The arena will open one hour prior to each ceremony.
Any guest who arrives once the ceremony is in progress will have restricted seating options and may be directed to the upper level of the arena.
- To exit the arena, all guests must present their ticket. Guests must show the same ticket for re-entry. No exceptions will be made.
- Any guest who arrives once the ceremony is in progress will have restricted seating options and may be directed to the upper level of the arena.
- Also, please be aware that all bags are subject to inspection prior to admittance.
Satellite Viewing for Undergraduate Ceremonies
For Saturday ceremonies, a non-ticketed, family friendly satellite viewing location will be available in Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus. The ceremony will also be available via webcast.
Additional Commencement Information
Graduates or Guests with Disabilities
Individuals needing accessibility accommodations, such as sign language interpreters, wheelchair access, ground level seating, will be able to request this service through the ticket reservation process. For more information, contact disability services at email@example.com or 978.542.6217 (TTY: 978.542.7146) (video phone: 978.910.0167) or visit the Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons, room G20, no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.
Degree candidates and guests with commencement tickets will be able to park in all available university parking lots. For Saturday's ceremonies, shuttle service will be available to provide transportation to the O’Keefe Complex from all parking locations. Prior to coming to the ceremony, please review the commencement parking map.
We ask for your cooperation before, during and after the ceremony in helping us to present a program to your family and friends of which we can all be proud. Please remain in your seats until all graduates have received their diplomas and the ceremony is concluded.
A commercial photographer with a special high-speed camera will take a picture of each student at the moment their degree is presented. A few weeks prior to commencement, degree candidates will receive detailed information in the mail from the photographer. For more information, contact Essex Commencement Photographers at 978.388.9832.
No private photographers will be allowed on the floor or near the stage.
Please be aware that since September 2011, Salem State University is a tobacco-free campus.
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