Tickets are not required. PLU encourages friends and family of graduation candidates to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

When to Arrive:

Graduates: Graduates are expected to arrive at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall no later than 1:30 p.m. for instructions and to form the academic processional.  The Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall opens for graduates at 1:00 p.m.

Guests: The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. The Tacoma Dome opens at 1:30 p.m. for seating.

Before entering, everyone must pass through security. Security screening includes walking through a metal detector and bag inspection. Bags larger than 13″x15″ and backpacks of any size are not permitted. To avoid having to return to your car, leave prohibited items such as noise makers, balloons, and laser pointers at home. View the complete list of prohibited items here, and remember that the more items there are to inspect, the slower the process will be.

Commencement is a special event for all involved. In order to create a memorable occasion for guests and graduates please make sure cellular phones and electronic devices are switched to silent during the ceremony. In order to allow every guest the opportunity to see each graduation candidate, the audience is asked to remain seated during the ceremony. Guests are not permitted on the arena floor or in the Exhibition Hall.

Webcast Viewing:

Commencement may also be viewed via livestream here.