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Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I need to be there?

Morning candidates should arrive no later than 8:15 a.m., and afternoon candidates should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m.

Where do I go when I get there?

Park in the large lot between the stadium and the Hooper Eblen Center. When you arrive, get in line around the concourse and get your name card. You will then go find your college and line up until you go to the floor.

Do my family need tickets for commencement? Is there a limit on the number of guests that I can bring?

No tickets are necessary and there is not a limit for the number of guests that you can bring to commencement.

Are there certain parking lots that are reserved for the guests attending?

Parking is available in the large lot between the stadium and the Hooper Eblen Center.

I am attending the afternoon ceremony and there is a ceremony before mine. What time will my family be allowed to come into the gym to be seated? 

As soon as the morning ceremony is over, your family can enter and find a seat. They can sit in any available seats in the arena.

A member of my family has trouble walking. Where is the best place to enter and park?

The best place to enter will be the Willow Avenue entrance, but it will be the first to fill up. You can drive to McGee Boulevard and ask the parking attendants to let you drop them off at the door. You can then go park and meet them inside.

I need to make use of accessible seating for a wheelchair or other mobility device. Is there any special directions for where I should go once inside the building?

Accessible seating is available all the way around the top of the arena. Ushers will be glad to assist you.

Am I required to come to graduation practice? What occurs at the practice?

You are urged to attend rehearsal as it will answer any questions that you may have for your big day.

For additional information or questions, please email, or call Enrollment Management at 931-372-3303.

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Event Address:

Hooper Eblen Center
1100 McGee Blvd
Cookeville, TN 38505
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Undergraduate Contacts

Website:  Graduation Services
Phone: 931-372-3303

Graduate Contacts

Website: College of Graduate Studies
Phone: 931-372-6744

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