view of graduating class from behind speaker's podium at CHSS convocation

Guest Information

2020 Undergraduate Convocation, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
Gates Open for Guests: 9:30 a.m.

Guest Seating

Guests without tickets will not be admitted into Sprague Field.

Strollers are not allowed on the Sprague Field bleachers. Families who bring strollers will be required to leave strollers unattended as they cannot be brought onto the bleachers.

Sprague Field is outside, and Convocation will be held if it is raining, so guests should dress according to the weather. Umbrellas aren’t allowed into the stadium, so please bring a raincoat or poncho if the forecast is for showers. The University will provide disposable ponchos if it is raining.

Convocation will not be held if there is a risk of lightning or other severe weather. The University will share information about any weather-related cancellations or postponements on its web site, its social media platforms, and in email to students.

For safety concerns–and as a courtesy to other guests–balloons, large signs, umbrellas, strollers, and other potential obstructions will not be permitted on Sprague Field.


The 2020 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Convocation will take place at Sprague Field. Gates to the field will open 90 minutes before the start of the Convocation. All parking is free during Convocation at CarParc Diem and the Red Hawk Deck. Shuttle service to/from CarParc Diem will begin 90 minutes prior to Convocation and end 45 minutes after the close of the ceremony.

Please enter campus via College Avenue, Yogi Berra Drive or Clove Road and proceed to CarParc Diem or the Red Hawk Parking Deck. (Note: Entering campus via Yogi Berra Drive and exiting using Clove Road offers the most direct access to Route 46 and Route 3.) Visit the campus map for details.

Disability Seating and Parking

Please plan to arrive early if you have any special seating arrangements.

Please park in the Red Hawk Deck and take the elevator to level 2. An ADA shuttle will be available continuously beginning 90 minutes prior to Convocation to take you directly to Sprague Field. Shuttle service will taper off once the event begins. Return service will begin when Convocation ends and continue for 45 minutes.


Family members and guests will not be permitted on Sprague Field. Please plan to take photos with family and /or faculty following the ceremony at an alternate location on campus.

For your convenience, we have made arrangements with the Island Photography to take each student’s photograph as they cross the stage. Within 48 hours after the ceremony, students will receive via email a secure link to view and order photos. Students will have to pre-register at the link below:

Island Photography Pre-Registration

Complimentary paper proofs will be mails to students’ homes within 3-5 days after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase photos from Island Photography. For questions, please email:

This website contains information about the 2019 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Convocation. For information about Undergraduate Commencement visit the Undergraduate Commencement website.

For Further Information about the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Convocation, contact the CHSS Dean’s Office at