FAQ

Where are the various venues located?

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.

What about parking facilities at the venue?

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.

How many guests am I allowed to bring to the ceremonies? Do we need to have tickets?

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).

Is there accessible seating at the graduation ceremonies?

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.

What time do my guests and I need to arrive for the Commencement Liturgy on Friday?

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).

What time do my guests and I need to arrive for the Graduate Commencement?

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.

What time do my guests and I need to arrive for the Undergraduate Commencement?

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.

How long is the commencement 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.

Are there announcements available that I may send to my relatives and friends?

The Campus Bookstore has non-personalized invitations and announcements available for purchase. Personalized announcements may be ordered online.

As a graduate student, may I attend the Commencement Liturgy?

Absolutely! We invite you, your family and guests to join us to honor members of the Class of 2017, both graduate and undergraduate.

Any good ideas where to visit while in the Buffalo/Niagara area?

To check other points of interest in the area, go to the website for the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitor's Bureau by clicking on Visit Buffalo Niagara. For restaurant suggestions, view our recommended list of restaurants or the list of Niagara Falls restaurants.