Graduates should know how to reserve a cap and gown when preparing for a university graduation. Students should reserve tickets for family and friends and seek out where to meet or line up before the ceremony. Most universities suggest that graduates arrive 60 to 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Graduates should know how and when to contact the campus bookstore to pick up and drop off caps and gowns. It is also important to know if a deposit fee is required for the gown rental. Graduates are required to return the regalia a day or two after graduation festivities.
Most graduation ceremonies last approximately two hours. Multiple graduation ceremonies may be held if the graduation pool is large. Ceremonies are often divided by colleges or majors and times are staggered to accommodate all graduates. Guests should typically arrive at least 30 minutes and find seats prior to the start of the graduation ceremony. Some event locations restrict flash photography.
Graduates should know the procedures for taking and picking up formal graduation photos taken at the ceremony. It is also important to make sure a current address is on file for the university to mail an official diploma once completion of the degree is confirmed.