Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement
When and where is the ceremony?
The ceremony is Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. Family and friends may enter the Scope arena at 8:45 a.m.
How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony normally lasts about two and one-half hours. Following the Ceremony, graduates return to Exhibition Hall for group photos and other activities. It is recommended that graduates do not schedule post-Ceremony events with family and friends until after 1:30pm.
I can’t attend Commencement. How can I watch the ceremony?
For friends and relatives that are unable to attend, the event will be streaming live on Ustream. Check back in May for the link.
Do we need tickets for the ceremony?
No tickets are needed.
Where do family and friends sit?
General admission seating is available to all on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors for general admission will open at 8:45 a.m. Families and guests will not be allowed to enter The Norfolk Scope before that time. “Seat saving” will not be allowed.
Families with Graduates in the following programs should enter through Gates 1 &14:
- Clinical Embryology & Andrology
- Surgical Assisting
Families with Graduates in the following programs should enter through Gates 7 & 8:
- Art Therapy & Counseling
- Biomedical Sciences
- Physician Assistant
- Public Health
Where do I park?
The primary parking for Norfolk Scope is the underground garage below the Scope. Additional parking is available at MacArthur Garage North and also in the Brambleton lot across St. Paul’s Blvd. from the Scope. Parking is a flat fee of $5 (cash only) for City of Norfolk parking locations (except the mall).
I have a family member in a wheelchair, how do we access the building and seating?
The Norfolk Scope arena is an accessible venue.
Parking: Disabled patron parking is available inside the underground Scope Garage (entrance on St. Paul’s Boulevard). Patrons should enter the Scope through the Exhibition Hall (glass-door) entrance, and take the elevator to the Plaza level.
Seating: Scope ushers will be on hand to direct guests to the access seating in the arena. Family members accompanying disabled guests should be able sit together.
Wheelchair Escorts: Patrons with mobility impairments who do not have access to a wheelchair may request a wheelchair to transport the individual to their seat, free of charge. Please be aware that Scope personnel will not remain with you during the event, nor will they allow you to remain in the wheelchair for the duration of the event. Transport is not available from outside SevenVenues property.
Service Animals: Service animals or service animals in training are welcome. If you require space for your animal, please contact the ticket office at 757.664.6464.
Where can I get local hotel information?
Special rates are available at several area hotels. More info.
Are Family restrooms and facilities available for nursing mothers?
Parents of small children will find Family Restrooms at Gates 3 and 11. Seating for nursing mothers is available in all Women’s Restrooms.
How may I obtain pictures of my graduate?
Class photos of graduates will be taken immediately following Commencement. All class photos will be available for free download 2 weeks after Graduation on the EVMS Flickr page.