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Summer 2020 Ceremony

Congratulations, Summer 2020 graduates!

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Ceremony Schedule

The Summer 2020 Commencement ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 at Cajun Field.

Download the Commencement program for ceremony details.

Inclement weather plan

This will be an outdoor event because of changes to the capacity limit for indoor events due to COVID-19. Because this is an outdoor event, we have to plan for inclimate weather.

Please keep your Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8 schedules open. Our plan is to make sure you have your graduation that weekend. We may have to move the time up on Friday or move it to Saturday, Aug. 8.

Info for Graduates

Info for Guests

Live Stream

Information for Graduates

Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! We wish you the best with your future academic or career pursuits.

If you have any questions regarding Summer 2020 Commencement, please contact us at graduation@louisiana.edu.


Graduate check-in

All graduates must report to Cajun Field by the athletics complex no later than 6:45 p.m. in full Commencement regalia.

All graduates must email completed check-in card sent to your UL Lafayette email back to graduation@louisiana.edu. Please complete the fillable portion that is not crossed out.

The card will also be used by the photographers to collect your information and return you photos to you.


Parking & entrances map

Parking for graduates is in the section of Cajun Field closest to Cajundome Boulevard. Enter Cajun Field through Gate 5.

Please be mindful of others around you while entering Cajun Field. Keep six feet between yourself and other visitors while in line and while checking in.

Download the map for parking.


Tickets for guests

Each graduate is allowed to have four guests attend Commencement. Each guest must have a ticket to enter Cajun Field.

Instructions for reserving tickets >


Face coverings & social distancing are required

All guests and graduates attending Commencement are required to wear face coverings or masks while inside Cajun Field. Graduates will be allowed to remove your mask when your name is called.

Graduates will need to keep six feet between themselves and others during check-in and the processional. Chairs on the field will be placed six feet apart.


Clear Bag Policy will be enforced

In an effort to limit cross-contamination, the Clear Bag Policy will be in effect at Commencement.

Guests must carry their items in a 6.5"x4.5"x1" clear clutch or a one-quart clear plastic bag.

Also allowed: Diaper bags are allowed for age-appropriate children who are accompanied by an adult, and equipment bags for necessary medical items are also allowed.


Graduating in Absentia

If you are unable to attend the Summer 2020 Commencement, please complete the In Absentia Form sent to your UL Lafayette email address and return to graduation@louisiana.edu. If you have completed the form, please do not send a new one.

Info for Commencement Guests & Visitors

To ensure the safety of our graduates and our guests, we have a number of protocols in place for the Summer 2020 Commencement ceremony.

Tickets for guests

Each graduate is allowed to have up to four guests, and each guest must have a ticket.

The tickets are free.

You must reserve your tickets from a mobile device and use your mobile device to present your tickets at the gate. We will not accept paper tickets.

Please call 337-265-2208 if you need additional assistance.

To reserve your tickets:

  1. Visit the ticket website from a mobile device.
  2. In the right corner, click on "log in." If you already have an account with the Cajundome, sign in. If not, enter your email address and follow the prompts to create an account.
  3. In the row with "UL Graduation," click the Find Tickets button.
  4. Enter the promo code GRAD.
  5. Under "Select the number of tickets," use the dropdown menu to designate how many tickets you want (max 4).
  6. Click on the Find Seats button at the bottom of the page.
  7. Click the Add to Cart button.
    • If you did not sign in or create an account before, you will be prompted to do that now. Click Continue and sign in or create your account. After you do that, you will need to repeat steps 4-6.
  8. Next to "Select Delivery," choose Mobile Entry from the dropdown menu. Then click the Checkout button at the bottom.
  9. Check the box next to "I agree" and then click Submit Order.

To retrieve your tickets:

  1. After you've reserved your tickets, click on Account Home. If you reserved your tickets previously and need to get back into your account to retrieve them, go to the ticket website from your mobile device.
  2. Click on the Manage Tickets button. If you aren't already logged in, you'll be prompted to log in now.
  3. Click on UL Graduation. You can either:
    • Click to add the tickets to your phone's Apple Wallet or Google Play.
    • Send the tickets to your guests via email.

Reminder: Use your mobile device to present your tickets at the gate. We will not accept paper tickets.


Parking & entrances for guests

Parking for guests is in the section of Cajun Field closest to West Congress Street (behind the Cajun Field scoreboard). Guests can enter through Gate C or Gate D.

Please be mindful of others around you while entering Cajun Field. Keep six feet between yourself and other visitors while in line and while finding seats.

Download the map for parking.


Guest seating & social distancing

General admission seating at Cajun Field is first come, first served. Guests will be seated on the home side of Cajun Field.

All social distancing rules apply. Available seats will be marked. Please do not sit in an area that has been blocked off.


Face coverings are required

All guests and graduates attending Commencement are required to wear face coverings or masks.


Clear Bag Policy will be enforced

In an effort to limit cross-contamination, the Clear Bag Policy will be in effect at Commencement.

Guests must carry their items in a 6.5"x4.5"x1" clear clutch or a one-quart clear plastic bag.

Also allowed: Diaper bags are allowed for age-appropriate children who are accompanied by an adult, and equipment bags for necessary medical items are also allowed.

Binoculars are allowed but must fit within a clear bag that fits the guidelines.

Watch the Live Stream

The Summer 2020 Commencement ceremony will be available on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Facebook page and the Cajundome's website.

Commencement Speaker: Dianne Olivier Dianne Olivier

Dr. Dianne Olivier is coordinator of the doctoral program in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the College of Education. She holds the Joan D. and Alexander S. Haig/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Education.

Her research interests include professional learning communities, educational leadership, change process and school culture. Olivier is a Jackson Scholar Mentor for minority doctoral students through the University Council for Educational Administration.

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