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Commencement

Guest Information

Welcome to Tennessee Tech!

You are asked to arrive at the Hoop no earlier than one hour before your ceremony. If you arrive earlier, please remain in your vehicle. Tickets are not required to attend, and seating is first come first serve.

Guests may enter the Hooper Eblen Center at any of the four main entrances. All doors will be open to avoid the forming of lines.

Directions

Physical Address
Hooper Eblen Center
1100 McGee Blvd
Cookeville, TN 38501

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Program

The program will last about 15 minutes. It will be a combination of video recordings and a live address from President Oldham.  

Health and Safety

  • Face coverings will be required to enter the Hoop and must remain on at all times. Ushers will have disposable masks for guests who do not arrive with one.
  • Floor seating for graduates has been reconfigured to allow distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to seating sections.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available for attendees, and you are asked to wipe down your arm rests and seat before using.
  • Seat coverings used by graduates will be replaced with new coverings after each ceremony.
  • Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing other COVID-19 symptoms.

Hotels & Dining

The Cookeville Visitors Bureau website has a full list of local lodging and dining options. Everything from hotels to bed & breakfasts, you can find your place to stay during your student's commencement ceremony. Also, Be sure to bring your appetite! Click below to see what's on the menu in Cookeville.

Don't forget to mention "Tennessee Tech" to see if any discounts are available!

Hotels & Lodging Dining in Cookeville

  • Disability Assistance

    Wheelchair Accessible Seating for individuals with disabilities and one companion is available in the Hooper Eblen Center is available above Sections B, C, E, F, G, I, J, K, L, and M. Seating for individuals with limited mobility is at the end of each aisle of the top rows in the lower bowl seating sections. Accessible parking for individuals with disabilities (who have an appropriate hang tag or placard) is available in the following locations: just off Willow Avenue on the west side of the Hooper Eblen Center and along McGee Blvd (just below the flagpoles in front of the Hooper Eblen Center). Additional areas are sometimes designated for this need and any University Police officer should be able to identify those areas.

    Questions regarding parking for individuals with disabilities can be directed to University Police at 931-372-3234.

    Live event captions (CART Services) will be provided on the jumbo-tron for this event.

    Additional disability-related requests or accommodations related to access for this event should be directed to the Office of Disability Services 931-372-6119.

  • International Invitations

    If you are a guest attending Commencement from outside the United States and you require travel documentation, please contact Andrew Bleignier at ableignier@tntech.edu.

    It is recommended the request is sent at least 3 to 6 months before the commencement date.

    For more information you can also contact our International Student  Office at 1-931-372-3634.

Portrait of President Phil Oldham

Welcome to Tech!

As graduates take the floor and await the ceremony, I always look around and take a moment to take in what you as a guest must be feeling—pride, joy, anticipation, accomplishment and even a little relief. As an invited guest, you are special to someone who counted on you for support and encouragement over several years. You walk across the stage in the heart and mind of a graduate who knows you are a part of his or her journey.

A degree from Tennessee Tech University gives each graduate a distinction that every one of them will carry into lives and careers. These graduates are now a part of the Tennessee Tech story, and so are you for your contribution to their success. We welcome you as an honored guest today and as a part of our university for years to come.

Go Eagles,

Oldham Web Signature

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