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University of Phoenix Commencement

Dallas, TX | Fall 2022

Congrats! It’s time to celebrate your achievement surrounded by people who are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished. Welcome to a community of over 1 million alumni.  


Saturday, October 1, 2022


Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland, TX 75040

Ceremony time

Ceremony times based on your registration.

Morning ceremony: 10 am CDT
Doors will open at 8:30 am CDT
Graduates should arrive no later than 9 am CDT

Afternoon ceremony: 3 pm CDT
Doors will open at 1:30 pm CDT
Graduates should arrive no later than 2 pm CDT

Please note this is an in-person ceremony and does not include virtual options.

Can’t make it? Stream it live.

The Dallas ceremonies on October 1 will be live streamed.


Getting to the ceremony


Check with the Dallas Department of Transportation for any road closures the weekend of commencement.

Get directions to the venue and transportation information.


Parking is available at the venue lot. The cost is $15 at the gate or $10 pre-paid online. There will be signage for the designated drop off point in front of the venue.


Graduates will enter at Conference Center entrance. Guests will enter through the East or West main venue entrances. This is a CLEAR BAG venue. There is no secured storage, so please leave personal belongings with family or friends.

Everyone will go through metal detectors before entering the buildings. The venue does NOT allow re-entry after entering the building.

Note: Guests are NOT allowed into the Conference Center where graduates convene. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult excluding the graduate.

Please check the venue’s prohibited items before entry. 


Graduate and guest tickets

Tickets are required for both graduates and guests.

We can accommodate up to 6 guest tickets. An email with information on how to obtain your tickets was sent separately. Please look for an email from a vendor called, “Marching Order.” Check all your mail folders, including spam.

Once you complete the steps to reserve tickets, you can send them to your guests electronically. Please be sure your guests have their own digital or printed ticket since graduates enter at a separate entrance. We recommend printing your tickets as it will go faster for entry.

Note: When you selected number of guests during the registration steps, this was not your tickets for entry.

ADA accommodations

If any of your guests will require ADA accommodations at the commencement ceremony, there will be staff at the venue who can assist with seating accommodations. Please be sure to provide your own wheelchair, whether it is for a guest or graduate. 


The arena will have a designated spot to store strollers.

Due to Fire Marshal regulations, strollers are not permitted in the seating area. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.


We ask all graduates to stay until the end of the ceremony out of respect to the remaining graduates. The conclusion of the ceremony is when you are officially done and can celebrate by moving your tassel over as recognition of being a graduate. Guests will be released in an orderly fashion to ensure a safe exit for everyone. Afterward, you will exit the ceremony and go outside where you can meet your friends and family.

Clear bag policy

Safety at the ceremony is our top priority.  There’s a clear bag policy at this venue.

Graduate information    

Preparing for the ceremony

The commencement venue has a clear bag policy and there’s no storage for your personal belongings. Please make sure all your belongings are in a clear bag and arrange for a guest to hold any personal items or carry them with you at all times. When making arrangements, please keep in mind guests are not allowed in the Graduate area or on the floor with graduates. University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Bring your cap and gown. Additionally, undergraduate students must bring their stoles and graduate students must bring their hoods. Use a cool iron, if necessary, to ensure a wrinkle-free appearance.

Please contact National Recognition Products (NRP) customer support at 800-293-0665 and Limited amount of regalia will be available on the day of the ceremony for purchase (cash or credit). 

Military graduates: Remember to bring your cord to the ceremony. The military cord was available to order on the regalia web site. If this was not ordered, they will be available the day of the ceremony.

Upon entry, graduates will see a “grad central” area. We will have the following tables available:

  • NRP to purchase regalia (limited supply available)
  • Graduate Name Cards will be provided on the day of the ceremony. Please look for the designated area and the applicable line based on your last name to get your name card
  • Grad Supplies with bobby pins and safety pins
  • Military and Honors Cords to pick up military and/or honors cords

The University identifies graduates registered for the commencement who are eligible for the honor cord. If you are eligible to receive an honor cord, one will be provided to you at no cost on the day of commencement.

Current University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

Graduates eligible to participate in a ceremony and meet the honors criteria can receive a cord.

  • Associate and bachelor's degree students with a program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "Cum Laude" - Bronze Cord
      Program GPA of 3.70-3.84
    • "Magna Cum Laude" - Silver Cord
      Program GPA of 3.85-3.94
    • "Summa Cum Laude" - Gold Cord
      Program GPA of 3.95-4.0
  • Master's degree students with program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "With Distinction" - Red & Platinum Cord
      Program GPA of 3.90 or higher

Prior University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

  • Bachelor's degree students with program completion date of 12/31/2021 or before:
    • "With Honors" - Platinum Cord
      Program GPA of 3.85 or higher

The University has coordinated with GradImages Photography to photograph graduates at the ceremony. There will be two photo opportunities during the ceremony: one when going up to the stage and another when crossing the stage.

GradImages Photography

You will get a printed program the day of the ceremony. The digital program version will be viewable 3 days prior to the ceremony date and up to 30 days following the conclusion of the ceremony. 

Visit the official University of Phoenix Commencement Program site.  Select “Dallas” from the “What is your Ceremony Location?” drop-down menu.

Share your journey!

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