Commencement ceremony tickets
There is no charge for Commencement tickets, but they must be ordered in advance by the graduate. Each graduate will receive a Commencement ticket order form at Senior Salute in February.
• Van Noord Arena seating
To accommodate family members and guests of about 930 graduates, each graduate may receive up to four tickets for the arena.
• Overflow seating
Graduates may also receive up to four tickets for overflow seating in either the Covenant Fine Arts Center or the Chapel. These are the preferred venues for those who cannot use bleacher seating. If additional tickets for overflow seating are needed, students may note that on their ticket order form and these will be accommodated as space permits.
The Van Noord Arena has wheelchair-accessible seating available. However, please note that most of the general admission seating requires climbing stairs which some grandparents find to be too steep, and the overflow venues may be more comfortable for guests. Graduates must communicate requests for accessible seating accommodations in advance for any guest requiring wheelchair seating or accessible lower row seating. These requests can be submitted on the graduate's ticket order form or via the box office.
The accessible seating sections are reserved for the person needing the assistance and one guest. Additional family members must sit in general admission seating.
Graduates whose guests require sign language, large print, Braille or any other such accommodations for the Commencement ceremony must request these arrangements in advance on their ticket order form or via the box office.
• Ticket pick-up
Commencement tickets will be available for pick-up at the Calvin College Box Office by the graduate from May 9-20, 2011 (student ID required). Graduates will be responsible for distributing these tickets to parents, family members and other guests attending Commencement.
Commencement Picnic tickets
Tickets are not required, though please limit the size of your party to one graduate and up to 6 guests.
Senior Brunch tickets
Tickets are not required. Due to space considerations, this event is for graduates only.
9 a.m.–10:30 a.m., Prince Conference Center
Join President Byker and other Calvin administrators for this special Commencement Weekend event. Seating is limited to 300 parents.
Tickets, purchased in advance by parents, are required ($15/person). The ticket order form is included in the Commencement letter that was mailed to parents in December, order online, or call the box office at 616-526-6282. Sales for tickets for this event end on May 13, 2011. Tickets will be mailed directly to the parents' home.