Q: What are the qualifications for participating in the May 2023 commencement ceremony?
A: In order to participate in the May 2023 commencement ceremony, Associate, Bachelor, and Master degree 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. Doctoral degree students must have six or fewer credits (two or fewer courses) of course work remaining towards their degree, schedule their Final Defense by March 31, 2023, and they must be registered for the outstanding courses.
Please check with your Academic Advisor, Academic Success Counselor, or Student Success Advisor to ensure all requirements for graduation have been met.
Q: Where is the ceremony held?
A: Commencement exercises will be held at The Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Q: What are the COVID-19 policies for commencement 2023?
A: As of January 2023, commencement participants and guests will NOT need to show proof of vaccination or negative test results to enter either Post Downtown or The Palace Theater. Masks are recommended for those not vaccinated. If you feel sick or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.
Should the State, local municipality or health authority issue further changes to policy in response to an increase or decrease in COVID infection rates, Post and The Palace Theater reserve the right to comply with such changes and recommendations, including the reinstatement of social distancing, mask mandates, and vaccination/test requirements.
PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE JUST PRIOR TO YOUR CEREMONY FOR ANY COVID-RELATED UPDATES.
Q: How do I request tickets for my guests?
A. Our online guest ticketing reservation system went live at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, March 20, 2023. All participating graduates were emailed instructions on how to access the system.
If you believe you are eligible to participate and have not received an email regarding guest tickets, please first check to see if an email landed in the spam/junk folder of your Post email account. If you still need assistance, please email [email protected].
American Sentinel College graduates only: If you require a Visa/Embassy letter for your guests to attend Commencement, please complete the following form. Questions about this process should be directed to [email protected] or 303.557.2780.
Q: How many guests may I bring?
A: Each graduate will be able to reserve up to three (3) guest tickets. Graduates do NOT need at ticket.
Q: When will I receive my tickets for graduation?
A: Tickets 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: Where should I park?
A: 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: 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: What is the difference between the Doctoral Souvenir Gown and the Fine Quality Gown?
A: The souvenir gown, which is considered a one-time use gown. It can be used more than once but cannot be dry cleaned or washed thus earning the nickname “one-time use”. The doctoral fine quality gowns use the Madison gown option offered through Oak Hall with the Dalton Crepe fabric. The fine quality hood also comes in the Dalton Crepe fabric utilizing the same definition as seen below.
The Madison Gown- features a zipper closure and fully lined bell sleeves, which are finished off with a cuff at the wrist. The Madison has extra pleating down the front of the robe for added fullness in the body, and a pocket slit is added to allow access to clothing beneath the robe.
Dalton Crepe Fabric: The luxurious texture of this fabric gives it a soft feel, closely resembling silk crepe. One of our most popular fabrics. 100% Two-way textured polyester with a stain resistant finish and excellent draping qualities.
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.
Q: What if I, or one of my guests, need special seating accommodations due to disability?
A: Graduates needing special accommodations for ceremony seating or for crossing the stage should contact Post’s Director of Title IX and Disabilities Jennifer Labate ([email protected] / 203.596.6027)
If a guest in your party has limited mobility and needs assistance with seating, please use the “special accommodations” button when ordering guest tickets through the Palace Theater’s online reservation system.
Q: Do children need guest tickets?
A: Any child able to sit in an adult’s lap for the duration of the ceremony does not need a guest ticket.
Q: What guest services will be provided at commencement?
A: A limited supply of fresh flowers and gifts 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: 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: How do I access the live virtual commencement feed?
A: Simply go to post.edu/livestream starting at 10 a.m. EST (morning ceremony) or 3 p.m. EST (afternoon ceremony) on the day of graduation. Each stream will go live a few minutes before the scheduled start time.
Q: Is there a fee to watch the commencement ceremonies virtually?
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 will be mailed 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: 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 CollegeRings.HerffJones.com and select Post University to view ring options, and visit FramingSuccess.com 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
95 Scott Road, Waterbury, CT
1284 Strongtown Rd., Southbury, CT
The Comfort Inn of Naugatuck
716 New Haven Rd., Naugatuck, CT
Q: What airports are closest to Waterbury, Connecticut?
A: Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, is the largest airport close to Waterbury. Other major airports are found in the New York City area, White Plains, NY, Providence Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts.
Still have questions? If you need additional information:
- For questions regarding your academic eligibility to walk in commencement and/or regalia, please email [email protected]
- For questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please email [email protected]