The Gallagher Center, the site of the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies, the Commencement Liturgy, and the ROTC Commissioning is located on the main campus of Niagara University.
If you are traveling from Canada, please leave ample time for crossing the bridge and clearing customs. The bridge traffic may be very heavy; expect long delays.
All of the lots on Niagara University's campus are available for those attending the various Commencement Weekend events. Shuttle service will be available to take guest from parking areas to the Gallagher Center; feel free to drop off at the front door of the venues those guests who may have difficulty walking before parking your vehicle.
Yes, tickets are required for both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies, each graduating student in attendance is entitled to four tickets for their guest(s) use, for general admission seating, determined by first-come, first-seated arrival at the Gallagher Center. Any person of any age occupying a seat must have a ticket: strollers are not allowed in the Gallagher Center (we do not recommend that young children be brought to the ceremonies, as they may distract others in attendance and will find the ceremonies much too long for their comfort).
Due to capacity limitations and NYS fire code regulations for the Upper Level of the Gallagher Center, careful calculation is necessary to plan for enough seating for each graduate and his/her guests. Therefore each student is allocated a maximum of 4 tickets. After distribution, if additional tickets are available, students will be notified and redistribution will take place.
There are areas reserved for those individuals using wheelchairs.
Individuals who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility are encouraged to arrive at the Gallagher Center no later than 20 minutes before the event begins.
Please note that for those family members who are not able to attend the ceremony in person, the ceremony is available to view live via our live webcast, free of charge, to anybody wishing to view the event online. For more information regarding the live webcast, please visit www.niagara.edu/live-webcast.
At the Commencement Liturgy on Friday, May 12, students are seated with their families and we ask that you be in attendance by 3:15 p.m. that day (remember graduates do not wear caps or gowns to the Liturgy).
Graduate students are to report to the Gallagher Center's lower level by 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, and seating for our guests will begin at the same hour.
Undergraduate students will receive instructions from their individual colleges as to where and when they should assemble on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Guest will be permitted to sit approximately one hour before the ceremony.
The graduate ceremony usually lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours, the Commencement Liturgy approximately one hour, and the undergraduate ceremony approximately 2 hours. Knowing this time frame may assist you making reservations for dinner and other festivities.
The Campus Bookstore has non-personalized invitations and announcements available for purchase. Personalized announcements may be ordered online.
Absolutely! We invite you, your family and guests to join us to honor members of the Class of 2017, both graduate and undergraduate.