Seating for Families & Guests

exterior of Ryan Field

Commencement Seating (Ryan Field)

Tickets are required for all seating at Ryan Field. Participating candidates may obtain their allotment of up to 10 tickets at the time of cap and gown distribution. Seating may be accessed only through ground-level west side gates as indicated below. Upper-deck seat­ing and elevator service to seating on the mezzanine level are not available.

Please note: Lower-level seating for guests with ambu­latory limitations is available at both Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena. this seating is monitored by University staff and requires no advanced reservation.

  • Gate K:  Guests arriving in wheelchairs
  • Gates M–N:  General seating
  • Gate P:  Special Guest ticket required
  • Gates Q–R–S–T:  General seating

Severe Weather Plan Seating (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony may be moved indoors to Welsh-Ryan Arena–McGaw memorial Hall. Tickets are required for all seating. Candidates may obtain their allotment of two tickets for the indoor ceremony at the time of cap and gown distribution. Remote viewing of the cer­emony will be available at several indoor Evanston campus locations; no tickets are required for these remote television viewing locations.

Remote Viewing Locations

  • Norris Center - 1999 Campus Drive
  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall - 50 Arts Circle Drive
  • Leverone Hall/Owen Coon Forum - 2001 Sheridan Road
  • Ryan Family Auditorium - 2145 Sheridan Road

Seating for Guests with Disabilities

By prior arrangement, guests who are hard-of-hearing or who arrive in their own wheelchairs may be accom­panied by one companion in specially designated seating sections. Rentals for wheelchairs can be made through the Koebers Medical Supplies site.

Closed captioning will appear on a television screen in the hard-of-hearing section.

Reserved hard-of-hearing section seating and wheelchair section seating for guests and their companions must be requested by completing and returning the form on this page. Reservations are confirmed after this electronic form has been completed and will include seating and gate entrance information. Severe Weather Plan tickets for guests and their companions who require seating in the hard-of-hearing or wheelchair sections come from each participating graduate’s allotment of two Welsh-Ryan tickets.

Here is the form to reserve seats located in the Wheelchair or Hard-of-Hearing section.