Guest Information


Tickets are not required for guests or graduates and there is no limit on the number of guests who may attend.  Guest seating is on a first come, first served basis.  


The ceremony will begin promptly at the times listed below.

Guests may enter the arena beginning 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start times. There will not be early admittance, so please plan your arrival accordingly.  Guest should enter the Cintas Center through the main or South entrance of the arena.

  • 9:00 a.m. - Saturday, May 11 - Undergraduate Ceremony
  • 2:30 p.m. - Saturday, May 11 - Graduate Ceremony


Accessible seating is available on the main concourse and upper level of the arena.  The seats are accessible by elevators or ramps from the concourse.  Upon arrival, guests should notify one of the ushers, and they will direct or escort your party to the best available seating that fits your needs. In order to ensure the availability of accessible seating, only the guest(s) requiring accommodation and a companion may sit in the accessible seating area.

These needs are typically handled on a first come, first served basis.  Please remind your family and friends that arriving earlier is better.   


Xavier provides live captioning and ASL interpretation for the commencement ceremonies.  If you or a guest benefit from ASL interpretation, please email  We recommend that guests benefiting from ASL interpretation plan to arrive early and find seating on the east side of the arena in Sections 110 or 112.

The Cintas Center has a limited number of wheelchairs available for transport use upon arrival to the arena. Guests are encouraged to bring their own accessible equipment or explore local rental options. 

If additional disability-related accommodations are needed to facilitate full participation, please contact us at at least two weeks prior to the ceremony.


All university parking lots will be open to the public at no charge during commencement weekend.  

Handicap accessible parking is available in several lots in close proximity to the Cintas Center.  These lots will have temporary 'EVENT HANDICAP' signage. Our parking attendants will direct your party to the best available spaces when they arrive.

Guests with accessibility needs may be dropped off in the circle drive in front of the main or South entrance of the Cintas Center.


Concessions are available for purchase before and during both ceremonies at the Cintas Center. Please note concessions are operating in a cashless system. Credit card, debit and tap payments are accepted.  


To ensure the safety of every guest, all persons, including graduates will be subject to screening and bag check.  No bags will be permitted except for clear bags, small clutch purses, and diaper or medical bags.  No water bottles are allowed.  No broadcast style cameras will be allowed in the arena.  For more information and a list of prohibited and approved bags, please visit

Balloons, air horns and noisemakers are not permitted.


Pick up your favorite Xavier sweet treat for commencement!  Place your order with Xavier Catering by Saturday, May 4 using the link below.  Items must be picked up between Wednesday, May 8 and Saturday, May 11 from 8am-5pm at the Cintas Center - East Entrance (Schiff Family Conference Center) 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207.

Xavier Catering Orders


The commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed.  Families and guests who cannot attend in person are encouraged to enjoy the ceremony virtually.  Links will be available on the commencement website on Saturday, May 11.