Commencement Day

Congratulations graduating master’s and doctoral students! You are approaching the end of a great and important journey and milestone in your academic life. Please join us in celebrating your achievements at the upcoming commencement ceremony.

Important Information Regarding Commencement Day

Doors will open for graduates and guests one hour before the Commencement Ceremony.

All graduates should wear or bring their regalia to the first floor of Koehler Fieldhouse. Graduates must be in full academic attire to participate.

Graduates should not bring any personal possessions (purses, cameras, etc.) to the arena. Such items should be given to your guests for safekeeping, as there is no secure area to keep your valuables. ESU is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. We also ask that all cell phones are turned off during the ceremony unless there is an emergency.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the facilities.  Beach balls and air horns are not permitted on the arena floor and their use is prohibited during the ceremony.

Important Reminders and Information for Commencement Day

Name Card
The day of commencement an index card with the student’s name as indicated on the intent to graduation application will be provided. This card will be handed to the announcer as the student receives their diploma. If your name is difficult to pronounce, please print it phonetically on the card.

Cap and Gown
Each participant must be dressed in academic attire including a gown and a matching cap.

Academic attire for graduate students must be purchased through the University Bookstore. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head with the top of the cap parallel to the floor. The tassel should hang on the left side of the cap. The robe should be pressed.

If you are unable to come to the campus in person, you may have your academic attire shipped to you for a fee. The attire will be yours to keep.

Contact the University Bookstore for more information at (570) 422-2665 or contact the store by e-mail at

There will be no extra attire available at the ceremony.

Directions & Parking
Once you arrive on campus, proceed straight on Normal Street through two stop signs. Koehler Fieldhouse is located on your right, on the corner of Normal and Smith streets. General parking will be campus-wide during the event. Campus police officers will direct vehicles to park in campus parking lots based on availability.

Special Assistance, Seating and Parking Accommodations
ESU provides special accommodations for those with disabilities. Parking is located in a clearly marked area directly behind Koehler Fieldhouse. An entrance is located within close proximity.

Accommodations include a special seating area which is available for individuals in wheelchairs. Special seating is available only to the student’s guest and one individual who will assist/remain with them throughout the ceremony. Disability seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating cannot be reserved. An usher will be at the Koehler Fieldhouse entrance to guide you to an accessible seating area.

For individuals who are deaf, a sign language interpreter will be present in front of the stage throughout the ceremony. To request an interpreter, please fill out the Interpreter Request form.

For additional questions or needs, please contact

Graduates will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates after degrees are conferred, approximately six to eight weeks after grades are posted. Please note that students must have all financial obligations to ESU satisfied before their diplomas are mailed.

Conclusion of Commencement Exercises

After the ceremony, please arrange to have your graduates meet you either outside or at another location on campus so that all graduates can leave the arena in a timely and orderly manner.