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Q: What are the qualifications for participating in the May commencement ceremony?

A: In order to participate in the May commencement ceremony, undergraduate students must have six or fewer credits (two or fewer courses) of course work remaining towards their degree, and they must be registered for the outstanding courses in the upcoming Fall semester or Term 6.  Graduate students must have three or fewer credits (one course) of coursework remaining towards their degree, and they must be registered for this outstanding course in Term 6. Please check with your Academic Advisor/Academic Success Counselor to ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation.

Q: Where is the ceremony held?

A: Commencement exercises will be held at The Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut

Q: How do I request tickets for my guests?

A. An online reservation system will be used by students to request guest tickets beginning in late March 2020. Ticket requests will be filled on a “first-come, first-served” basis, filling the theater from front to back. Students should request their seats using their name as registered with the University. Only the first received request per student will be honored. Students are kindly asked to only request the number of tickets they need, up to their ceremony’s limit.

Tickets will be mailed to graduates, along with a commencement informational packet, three weeks before commencement day.

A “wait list” will be kept for each ceremony, and any extra tickets not claimed during the reservation process will be put into a pool for distribution.  While no guarantees are made that additional tickets will be available, requests for additional tickets may be emailed to  Any tickets made available from the wait list will be held at the Palace Theater box office lobby for pick-up on the day of commencement.

Q: When will I receive my tickets for graduation?

A: Tickets, along with an information packet regarding commencement, will be mailed out to students three weeks before commencement day.  Graduates are responsible for ordering and distributing guest tickets, as needed, for their guests.

Q: What if there is inclement weather?

A: Graduation will take place rain or shine in our indoor venue!   Rain would only change the location of graduating student check-in and line-up, as detailed on the “Planning Your Arrival” page. 

Please dress for the weather, though, as you will need to travel from local parking garages to The Palace Theater before and after the ceremony. 

Q: Where will guests sit?

A: There will be assigned guest seating inside The Palace Theater.   All guests must have a ticket to enter the facility.  There will be no exceptions.

If students or guests require handicap seating accommodations, please contact Jennifer Labate at by May 1, 2020.

Q: Where should I park?

A: Parking – Free student and guest parking is available at the Scovill Street Garage, 33 Scovill Street, Waterbury.  Both The Palace Theater, where guests should report, and Post University’s downtown offices, where students should report for check-in, are a short walk away.  Post Associates will be on duty along the downtown Waterbury streets to guide you from the parking garage. 

Q: How many guests may I bring?

A: There is limited reserved seating for guests inside The Palace Theater, and guest ticket limits will be established based on the number of students participating in each ceremony.  These limits will be announced as the graduation application process draws to a close..   

Q: How do I access the live virtual commencement feed?

A: Simply go to starting at 10 a.m. EST (morning ceremony) or 3 p.m. EST (afternoon ceremony) on May 9, 2020.  Each stream will go live a few minutes before the scheduled start time. ​

Q: Can non-online students access the live stream commencement?

A: Yes, anyone with the livestream link will be able to view the ceremonies online. 

Q: Is there a fee to participate in the virtual commencement?

A: No.



Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: Graduates will receive a commemorative diploma cover when crossing the stage at commencement.  After the posting of degrees has been completed, diplomas for May graduates will be mailed by the end of June to those students who have fulfilled all of their course requirements. Diplomas will be mailed to the same address that you included on your graduation application. Your diploma will not be released if you have any type of outstanding obligation with the University (i.e., library fees/overdue books, account balances, etc.).​

Q: What guest services will be provided at commencement?

A: Fresh flowers will be available for purchase in the theater lobby.  Post University’s Campus Store will also be selling “Post Pride” gear, including shirts, caps, drinkware, decals, water, and more.  The Palace Theater concessions area will be open for snacks and drinks.

Q: Are Post University class rings and diploma frames available for purchase?

A: Class rings and diploma frames are available for purchase through the Herff Jones Company.  Visit and select Post University to view ring options, and visit and select Post University to view frame options or custom design your own frame.  Samples of rings and frames are available in the Post University Campus Store, located on campus in the Leever Student Center. 

Q: What lodging options are available in the Waterbury area?

A:  Guests visiting Waterbury may explore the following lodging options for their stay:

Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
62 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT

Hampton Inn Waterbury
777 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT

Quality Inn
95 Scott Road, Waterbury, CT

Wyndham Southbury
1284 Strongtown Rd., Southbury, CT

The Comfort Inn of Naugatuck
716 New Haven Rd., Naugatuck, CT

Still have questions? If you need additional information, or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar’s Office at 203.591.7123, or send an email to