Families, Friends and Guests

Families, friends and guests are an integral part of commencement day celebrations for Radford University students. Visitors for commencement day are encouraged to read the following information in order to know what to expect on your students big day.


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Tickets to Attend Ceremony

Each graduating student will receive five tickets for their specific ceremony. Tickets will be available at the Registrar’s Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning Thursday, December 5, until Friday, December 13. Students in the College of Business and Economics must attend their college meeting on Friday, December 13, 11 a.m. to noon in BE320 to pick up their tickets. Graduating students are responsible for obtaining tickets for their family and guests and distributing them to those individuals. Tickets will be color-coded to indicate the ceremony time. No extra tickets are available; therefore, students who do not plan to use all of the allocated five tickets are encouraged to share with peers who are seeking additional tickets. Remember that the tickets are specific to the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies.

If there is available seating after all ticket holders are seated, guests without tickets may be allowed to enter and be seated as space allows. Ticket holders should arrive at the auditorium no later than 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

For the comfort of all of our guests, children (excluding infants) must have a ticket. Infants will be allowed to sit on the lap of a family member.

Schedule of Events

Please review the Commencement Weekend Schedule of Events to plan your weekend activities. In doing so, remember that while start-times are firm, it is difficult to anticipate when events will end. It is a good idea to remain as flexible as possible and leave a sufficient time buffer in scheduling post-graduation festivities.


A professional photographer will photograph each graduate as they cross the stage at the hooding ceremony on Friday and both ceremonies on Saturday. Proofs and order forms will be mailed to each graduate after the event.

Commencement is a special celebration for graduates and guests. To keep it enjoyable and meaningful for all, we ask that all graduates and members of the audience remain seated throughout the entire ceremony. Photography and other recording may be done only from the seating areas. We also ask that guests not approach the front of the auditorium for photographs as this area must be kept clear to ensure a smooth procession of individual graduates.

Live Streaming

The main ceremony will be streamed live on the Radford University website. On the day of ceremony, visit www.radford.edu to find a link to the live stream.

Inclement Weather

We are keeping our fingers crossed that Winter Commencement Weekend weather will be in the high 40s (average temp is 46 degrees), with spectacular blue skies. We will monitor the forecast carefully, and if severe weather appears imminent, we will post a cancellation announcement by 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 13 on this website, the university marquee on East Main Street, online at www.radford.edu and on Public Radio WVRU 89.9 FM.