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How to Order Regalia
If you are an instructional faculty member and wish to rent regalia, we will begin online ordering in the fall semester for the winter commencement ceremony.

For instructional faculty members: you will receive an email from Academic Affairs the week that ticketing opens. You must be in full academic regalia if you plan to participate in Commencement. 


If you are staff or faculty that wishes to attend commencement as a guest, please email to request your ticket. Tickets will be general admission seating in the arena.

Arriving at AUBC

We suggest that you allow for extra travel time. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to park in D1 and walk to AUBC if you are able to do so. 

Accessible parking is located on every level of the Ballard Parking Deck (the parking deck adjacent to the Atlantic Union Bank Center).

You will enter through the Event Staff entrance on the side of the AUBC and undergo bag checks and metal detectors. 

Security Information:  

We encourage you to leave unnecessary bags at home or in your car, if possible, to speed up the process of entering the ceremonies. We will not implement the clear-bag policy for commencement. 

Prohibited Items: 

  • Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons, fireworks
  • Animals (service animals are permitted)
  • Bags larger than 12”x12”x12”
  • Coolers
  • Glass and metal containers
  • Noise makers and other devices that impede the ceremonies
  • Food and beverages (though one unopened bottle of water per person and food for a baby or for health reasons are permitted.) Concessions open when doors open and are located throughout the arena. 
  • Signs, flags, banners, or obscene or indecent clothing
  • Large Strollers (umbrella style are permitted) 
  • Wheelies, bicycles and skateboards 
  • Wrapped gifts

Allowed Items:

  • One unopened bottle of water per person
  • Small strollers (umbrella style)
  • Flowers
  • Still cameras are permitted. However, in no instance may photography interfere with access ways, aisles, or other guests' enjoyment of the ceremonies. Video cameras, monopods and tripods are not permitted. This event will be live-streamed. 


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