For your planning and safety

Please follow these tips to ensure that commencement day is enjoyable for your graduation candidate and all who attend: 

  • Due to space limitations, candidates are asked to limit the number of family and friends in the Alumni Greek Theatre for the Commencement Ceremony to six people and direct others to the tent on the Gallery Lawn and designated classrooms in the Hall of Letters, where the ceremony will be streamed live. 
  • All indoor and outdoor events during commencement weekend, are non-smoking events.
  • Dress appropriately for the day. Most often, it is warm and sunny and little shade is provided in the Alumni Greek Theatre. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are strongly recommended.
  • The stairs in the Alumni Greek Theatre are steep with limited handrails; high-heeled shoes are discouraged.
  • Strollers are not permitted in the Alumni Greek Theatre. Stroller parking is available at the back of the theatre.
  • No pets or emotional support animals are allowed in the Alumni Greek Theatre.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the Alumni Greek Theatre because they inhibit the sightlines of surrounding guests. In the event of rain, check for updates at
  • No inflatables or large signs are allowed in the Alumni Greek Theatre or the grounds surrounding the theatre.
  • Aisles and entryways in and surrounding the Alumni Greek Theatre may not be blocked for any reason.
  • Limited disabled seating is available at the back of the Alumni Greek Theatre for guests with special needs; one companion may accompany each guest in the disabled seating area. This may mean that families will need to separate. For questions regarding specific school events, please contact the following:

    College of Arts & Sciences: Amy Wilms, Assistant Dean of Academic Success & Disability Services, 909-748-8069

    School of Business: Christine Taitano, Director of Student Services, 909-748-8743

    School of Education: Kristen Grammer, Assistant Director of Academic Advising, 909-748-8817

    Additional questions? Email or call the Office of the Provost at 909-748-8072.

Commencement Expectations

Commencement and graduation ceremonies at the University of Redlands are the culmination of many years of hard work. It is a time for you, your family, and friends to recognize and honor your success!

We ask for your help in making these events a positive experience for everyone. The graduation candidates, faculty, and guests all expect and deserve safe, orderly, and dignified ceremonies, and any misconduct would be an unwelcome disturbance.

All U of R Commencement and graduation ceremonies are alcohol-, drug-, smoke-, vapor-, and tobacco-free. Graduation candidates and guests will not be permitted to consume or carry any drugs or alcohol at line-up or during the ceremony. Candidates are discouraged from displaying cap and gown décor that includes foul, lewd, or obscene language, references to alcohol or drugs, or defamation of any kind in consideration of all attendees, including minors.

There will be zero tolerance for disorderly behavior, and graduation candidates and guests who are intoxicated or disruptive will not be allowed into the ceremony venue or will be escorted from the ceremony.

Please help us celebrate the Class of 2020 Commencement and graduation ceremonies events respectfully!