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Q: What are the qualifications for participating in the July 2021 commencement ceremony?

A: In order to participate in the July 2021 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 1. 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 1. Please check with your Academic Advisor/Academic Success Counselor to ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation.

American Sentinel College students within 9-credit hours remaining towards their degree are eligible to participate. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students are eligible if they are within 9-credit hours and have scheduled their final defense by April 30, 2021. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to or 303-557-2780.

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: Students may use our electronic reservation system to request guest tickets beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  Guest 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.   For both ceremonies there is a two ticket limit. 

To reserve guest tickets for either ceremony, please check your email inbox for an email with your ceremony’s RSVP link.  If you need assistance finding your guest ticket RSVP link, please email

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

American Sentinel College graduates only: If you require a Visa/Embassy letter for your two (2) guests to attend Commencement, please complete the following form. Questions about this process should be directed to or 303-557-2780.

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 July 16, 2021.

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. Students attending either ceremony may request up to 2 guest tickets.     

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: 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: 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 July 24,2021. Each stream will go live a few minutes before the scheduled start time.



Q: Is there a fee to watch the commencement ceremonies virtually?

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 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: 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: If I received a Bachelor's degree in 2020 and a Master's in 2021, which ceremony do I attend?

A: Students earning two degrees are invited to the ceremony for the last degree earned. However, when crossing the stage both degrees will be announced by the name reader.

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:

  • For questions regarding your academic eligibility to walk in commencement and/or regalia, please email

  • For questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please email

  • For questions regarding special needs accommodations (handicapped seating, access to sign language interpreter, etc.) for students or guests, please contact Jennifer Labate at by July 16, 2021