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The following college ceremonies held in Bridgeforth Stadium will be ticketed events:

  • Thursday, May 6th - The Graduate School Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 7th - College of Arts and Letters Ceremony at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 7th - College of Business Ceremony at 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 9th - College of Science and Mathematics AND College of Education, University Studies and Professional and Continuing Education ceremonies at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 9th - College of Integrated Science and Engineering AND College of Visual and Performing Arts ceremonies at 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 9th - College of Health and Behavioral Studies Ceremony at 5:00 p.m.


Graduates received an email on April 2, 2021 with a link to the commencement registration, which secures their tickets. Graduates are instructed to complete this registration and receive a confirmation email. Graduates can request either two or four guest tickets based on our seating arrangement for social distancing. 

All ticketing for guests and graduates will end May 3, 2021 at 12:00 noon. 

Upon arrival to your ceremony, graduates and guests will be required to show their mobile ticket at the gates. To ensure a quicker entry process, have your mobile tickets ready. 

Tickets are required upon entrance to the stadium, no exceptions.



Bridgeforth Stadium Regulations
The following regulations will be implemented throughout the college ceremonies in Bridgeforth Stadium:
  • Guests or graduates who have experienced a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, a positive diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the prior ten days, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior fourteen days will not be permitted into the stadium
  • Physical distancing between guest parties and graduates 
  • All participants will be required to wear face masks covering nose and mouth in accordance with the Fourth Amended Executive Order 72.
  • Graduates will need to show their LiveSafe app green check mark
  • Tickets may not be sold or transferred to other graduate families due to COVID-19 guidelines, and graduates and guests without a ticket will not be permitted into the stadium 
  • Children two and under do not require a ticket, however they may not occupy a seat
  • Guests will have assigned seating, stadium seats with bench-style seating without seat backs in most sections. Guests must remain in their seats as assigned 
  • Guests can enter in the following gates: A, H and C
  • Graduates will enter in Gate B
  • Graduates and guests are discouraged from cheering, hugging and other social interaction
  • All guest bags will be checked, so we encourage you to leave unnecessary bags at home or in your car, if possible, to speed up the process of entering the ceremonies
  • Prohibited Items:
    • Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons, fireworks
    • Animals (Service animals are permitted)
    • Bags larger than 12"x12"x12"
    • Coolers
    • Glass and metal containers
    • Food and beverages (though one unopened bottle of water per person and food for a baby or for health reasons are permitted)
    • Signs, flags, banners, or obscene or indecent clothing
    • Large Strollers (umbrella style are permitted)
    • Wheelies, bicycles, and skateboards
    • Wrapped gifts
  • Items ALLOWED:
    • One unopened bottle of water per person
    • Umbrella-Style strollers. We allow other strollers in to be stored under bleachers. Please be clear that JMU is not responsible for the stroller or contents!
    • Small umbrellas if weather permits
    • Flowers




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