Families and Friends

Information for Families and Friends

Coppin State University’s 2018 Commencement will be held in the Physical Education Complex (PEC) Arena. The PEC is a 4,100 seat multipurpose sports and entertainment center. It is the home for the men’s and women’s basketball games as well as the volleyball team.

PEC Commencement Entry Policy

All guests and their belongings are subject to screening by entry personnel. The following items will NOT be permitted in PEC Arena:

  • Backpacks, duffel bags, oversize purses or computer cases
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, food, thermoses, coolers, drugs, chains, fireworks
  • Weapons, noisemakers, signs, laser pointers, and other items deemed inappropriate by Campus Police personnel
  • Beach balls, balloons, signs of any size or other distracting objects will not be allowed into the venue.

Please leave wrapped gifts at home or in your car. Guests with health related conditions such as diabetes, the elderly and those with young children will be permitted to bring in limited food and beverage.

Provisions for Guests with Disabilities

Guests with a disabled person plate or placard and guests who require mobility assistance should park in Lot H. Shuttle vehicles will be available to drive guests who require mobility assistance from Lot H to the Commencement venue.

  • The university does not provide wheelchairs. If you or a family member attending needs the assistance of a wheelchair, we urge you to use your own or rent one to bring to campus for the day.
  • Wheelchair accessible seating for guest will be available in Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • An American Sign Language interpreter will be present at each ceremony.
  • If you are an individual with a disability, or you are inviting a guest who needs special assistance, and have additional questions about Commencement, please email commencement@coppin.edu.

Guest Seating

There are no reserved seats for the general audience—there is open seating. Seating is first come, first served. We request that guests refrain from saving seats.

The ceremony is heavily attended; we recommend that guests arrive early. Guests will not be admitted into the Arena once the singing of the National Anthem begins until after the Invocation.

Audience Courtesy

All guests should respect the commencement ceremony, the graduates and other guests by:

  • silencing or disabling cellular phones and other electronic devices
  • avoiding loud conversations
  • limiting unnecessary movement
  • refraining from leaving their seats to take photographs
  • abstaining from disruptive or inappropriate behavior
  • remaining silent during the announcing of the graduates’ names
  • not blocking aisles or passageways
  • not using horns or artificial noisemakers, balloons, signs of any size or other distracting objects

Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on university property.

Commencement Day Schedule

Morning Ceremony

  • 8:00 A.M. Shuttle service begins from Lots G, F, and D
  • 8:00 A.M. Students' report time
  • 8:45 A.M. Doors open for guests
  • 9:00 A.M. Students must be in lines
  • 10:00 A.M. Ceremony begins

Ceremony lasts approx. 2 hours

Upon the ceremony’s conclusion, we kindly ask guests to exit by way of Warwick Avenue or the South Exit of the building and meet your graduate on the Track.

Afternoon Ceremony

  • 1:00 P.M. Shuttle service begins at Lots G, F, and D
  • 1:30 P.M. Students' report time
  • 1:45 P.M. Gates open for guests
  • 2:00 P.M. Students must be in lines
  • 3:00 P.M. Ceremony begins

Ceremony lasts approx. 2 hours

Upon the ceremony’s conclusion, we kindly ask guests to exit by way of Warwick Avenue or the South Exit of the building and meet your graduate on the Track.

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