What to Bring
- Photo ID
- Camera—but wait until after the ceremony to take photos.
(See Photography, page 11.)
What Not to Bring
- Backpacks or large bags
- Food. Guests are not permitted to bring food or beverages into the Coliseum.
When to Arrive
Commencement starts at 9:00 a.m. with the student procession. But it's a good idea to arrive by 8:00 a.m. to leave time for traffic on the roads and congestion heading into the Coliseum parking lot and to find a seat.
Where to Go
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. (See Travel Information, pages 14–15.)
There are more than 6,000 parking spaces, which means you won't have trouble finding a space. Parking is free. Just remember where you park!
After 8:00 a.m., guests can enter the Coliseum through Gates 7–10 and then proceed to the seating area. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where to Sit
The diagram of Nassau Coliseum below is color-coded to show you where each school will be seated on the floor. Find where your graduate will be seated, then head for a section close by. The names of the schools are also painted on the floor around the perimeter of the floor seating.
Arts and Sciences—near Section 102
School of Nursing—near Section 103
School of Social Work—near Section 104
Derner IAPS—near Section 118
Robert B. Willumstad School of Business—near Section 117
University College—near Section 116
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education—near Sections 114 and 115
The student processional enters at the opening in Section 102X.
The Coliseum is an oval, with the stage at the right end of the oval, and Sections 107–112 at the other end of the oval. Although there are three levels of seating at the Coliseum, only the first level, the 100s, is shown. For instance, Section 102 is closest to the floor; directly behind it is Section 202; behind that is Section 302.
Please note: Section 101 is reserved, but Section 201, immediately behind it, will be open. Seating behind the stage is closed.
The entire Commencement can be viewed on a four-sided video screen ceiling-mounted above the center section of the floor seats. When your graduate goes up on stage to be announced and congratulated by the dean, the president and a member of the board of trustees, you'll see that image projected on the screen.