Q: Do I need tickets to attend the Ceremony?
A: Each person in attendance at the Commencement ceremony, regardless of age, must present a ticket to gain entrance. Tickets will have to be ordered in advance by the degree candidate only and will not be available at the door of the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Q: How early should I arrive for the ceremony?
A: Doors to the Coronado Performing Arts Center open one hour before the ceremony, at 1:00 p.m. The academic procession begins at 1:45 p.m., at which time guests will not be allowed to enter the building. Once the procession has concluded, guests will be allowed once again in the theatre.

Q: Where do I park?
A: All graduates and their families are to park in visitor lots A, B and C on campus for the Pre-Commencement events. Other parking lots on campus will be reserved for faculty, event staff, etc. To view a campus parking map, please visit

Parking for the Commencement Ceremony is available at various downtown locations. For additional information and driving directions, please visit the Coronado Performing Arts Center website:

Q: Are accommodations made for guests with disabilities?
A: Yes, the University has done its best to accommodate those individuals with disabilities. An area will be reserved for those with special needs and two guests. Graduates will be able to request special needs seating by emailing Special needs seating areas will be clearly marked and we ask that only those with special needs with two maximum guests be seated there.

Q: Am I allowed to take pictures during the Commencement ceremony?
A: Family members and friends are welcome to take pictures during the ceremony. We ask that as they position themselves to take photos of this very important event, they are mindful of those seated around them.

Q: How long is the Commencement ceremony?
A: Commencement usually lasts around two hours. We ask that all families and friends of the degree candidates remain in the theatre throughout the entire ceremony – including the recession.

Q: What happens after the Commencement ceremony?
A: There is a light reception in the lobby of the Coronado Performing Arts Center (CPAC). CPAC is a beautiful venue where graduates and their families often take photos.

Department Information

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Rita Elliott, Commencement Coordinator
Office of Marketing & Communication