Does the Commencement ceremony occur in the event of inclement weather (thunder, lightning, heavy rain)?
To review our Inclement Weather Contingency Plan, please click
How many tickets does each graduate receive?
Each graduate is eligible to request up to six tickets for their
families and guests (Note: graduates do not need a ticket). Tickets
will have particular designations which a graduate may request at
the time of ticket reservation: Accessible, Wheelchair Accessible,
Companion, ASL Interpreter Seating, and General Admission.
Children requiring a seat will need a ticket.
All graduates will also receive three inclement weather tickets
to be used in the event that the ceremony is moved indoors to
Clowes Memorial Hall. Additional guests will be directed to
designated viewing locations throughout campus. Accessible and
wheelchair accessible seating is available at Clowes Memorial Hall
and the Atherton Union, Reilly Room.
Can graduates receive more than the allotted number of tickets to Commencement
Students who need additional tickets should ask classmates to
order the maximum and share any extra tickets with them. Students
need to make these arrangements themselves. No additional tickets
can be purchased.
Will there be an indoor viewing location?
Butler's auditorium Clowes Memorial
Hall will serve as an indoor viewing location. A live
stream of the ceremony will be shown on the projection system. This
site will have air conditioning for those guests unable to be
seated outdoors. Clowes seating is not included within the
six ticket allotment for graduates and will be filled on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Clowes Memorial Hall will also serve as the Inclement Weather
ceremonies' location. Please see the Inclement Weather Contingency
Plan for more information.
How long will the ceremony last?
The ceremony traditionally lasts approximately three hours from
beginning to end. In the event of inclement weather, the
ceremony may be shortened to exclude student's individual conferral
of degrees, and diploma distribution will be moved to the Efroymson
Family Gym (formerly known as the West Gym).
Will I be able to view the ceremony online?
The ceremony can be viewed on the Commencement website homepage
The live stream will begin as soon as the processional starts and
will conclude at the recessional.
How do I order graduation announcements?
Orders will be taken at the Grad Finale event on Thursday, March
27 between 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Atherton Union, Reilly Room, or
you may place your order online through www.jostens.com.
Where do I pick up my diploma if I am unable to attend the graduation ceremony?
Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of Registration and
Records beginning Monday, May 12.
What size are the diplomas? Are frames available for purchase on campus?
Are professional photographs available?
Yes, Butler University contracts with a professional
photographer, GradImages, to provide photographs of each graduate
as they receive their diploma as well as a photo of the graduate in
front of a University backdrop. Proofs of the photos will be
emailed to the graduate 3-5 days after the Commencement
ceremony. Orders can be placed on the GradImages website: http://www.gradimages.com/
How do I purchase a Commencement DVD?
How do I contribute to the Class of 2014 Gift campaign?