Event Requirements

Commencement is a private event limited to Denison students, families, friends, faculty, and staff.

Signs, banners, or other visual displays are prohibited, as are noisemakers and amplifying devices. Large bags are not permitted.

This is a celebratory day for our students and all they’ve accomplished. Please note that persons engaging in behavior that is considered disruptive will be asked to leave the ceremony.


Seating in the Mitchell Center Field House is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors to the venue will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, and graduation will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

All seating in the Mitchell Center Field House is accessible by wheelchair. Seating in all areas is general and unreserved. Ushers will help guide individuals and will be available to assist attendees in any emergency.

Safety & Security

At large-scale campus events like Commencement, Denison supplements our Campus Safety team with additional local law enforcement and medical personnel to enhance security, manage traffic flow, and support the well-being and experience of our campus community and guests.


Graduation Foto, the event photographer, will email grads directly at their Denison address and provide proofs and purchasing information. Denison is not involved in this process. Please visit graduationfoto.com for more information.

Additional photos will be posted on our Flickr site and may be downloaded free of charge.

Family members can take photos in a designated area near the stage.