2023 CONVOCATION FAQS
Toggle ItemWHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMENCEMENT AND CONVOCATION?
Commencement is the university-wide event honoring all graduates. BYU’s 2023 commencement ceremony will take place in the Marriott Center on Thursday, April 27, at 10:00 am.
Convocation is the ceremony in which individual graduates are recognized by name, walk across the stage, and receive congratulations from administrators in their department or college. Because of the size of our college and number of graduates, the College of Fine Arts and Communications will hold three separate convocation ceremonies on Friday, April 28, 2023. See below for information specific to your convocation ceremony.
Toggle ItemWHEN AND WHERE WILL CFAC CONVOCATION CEREMONIES TAKE PLACE?
Because of the size of our college and number of graduates, the College of Fine Arts and Communications will hold three separate convocation ceremonies. All three CFAC convocations will take place on Friday, April 28, in the new Music Building Concert Hall, according to the following schedule:
Please refer to BYU’scommencement page and convocation page for further information.
Toggle ItemWHERE DO I PARK?
See a map of BYU parking lots here. There is limited parking at the Music Building (lot 27A). Other nearby lots include 26V, 26A, 26G, 8A, and 2A. Please allow yourself extra time to navigate traffic and find a parking spot.
- For convocation attendees who need ADA parking and/or assistance, please use the A lot on the north side of the Music Building. An ADA drop-off location will be clearly marked, and the eastern edge of the lot will be entirely reserved for ADA parking.
- ADA drop-off for graduates will be in the A lot on the west side of the Music Building.
Toggle ItemWHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2023 CFAC CONVOCATIONS?
College of Fine Arts and Communications December 2022 graduates, and finalized applicants for April 2023, June 2023, or August 2023.
Toggle ItemWHAT IF I MISSED THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR APRIL 2023, JUNE 2023, OR AUGUST 2023 GRADUATION?
Promptly contact the College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center by calling 801-422-3777 or by coming to our 1190 WCCB office location during business hours to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to determine if it is still possible to apply and graduate.
Toggle ItemIF I AM PARTICIPATING AS A GRADUATE IN THE 2023 CFAC CONVOCATION, AND MY SPOUSE, SIBLING, OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBER IS GRADUATING AT THE SAME TIME IN ANOTHER COLLEGE AT BYU, CAN WE BOTH “WALK” IN MY CFAC CONVOCATION?
Due to strict seating limitations, CFAC graduates hoping to be joined by a spouse, sibling, or parent graduating from another College must come into the Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center as soon as possible (1190 WCCB) to make a request. Please note that additional tickets and in-person seating may not be available for non-CFAC graduates participating in a CFAC convocation ceremony, and only overflow seating is guaranteed for additional guests. Non-CFAC graduates will be recognized by name on stage, but their major and degree will not be acknowledged. You may choose to check with the other college to see if walking with them would be more accommodating for you and your guests.
Viewing and Tickets
Toggle ItemWHAT ARE MY GUESTS' VIEWING OPTIONS?
The following viewing options are available to make the College of Fine Arts and Communications convocation ceremonies accessible for as many graduates’ guests as possible:
- Attend live in the new Music Building. Limited, e-ticketed seating is available in the Concert Hall and additional overflow seating will be available in adjacent venues.
- Online streaming: http://convocation.byu.edu or via a banner on the College of Fine Arts and Communications websitehttps://cfac.byu.edu/ . If you additional questions about the livestream access our livestream FAQ's here
Toggle ItemDO MY GUESTS NEED TICKETS IN ORDER TO ATTEND CONVOCATION IN PERSON?
- Guests of graduates from the Department of Art and Department of Design will not need tickets to attend in-person.
- Guests of graduates from the School of Communications, the Department of Dance, the School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Media Arts will need tickets in order to attend in person. Ticketing information can be found below and in an email that will be sent to graduates on March 22.
- Children 2 and under will not need a ticket if they are going to sit on a lap. If they need a chair, they will need a ticket.
Toggle ItemHOW DO I OBTAIN CONVOCATION TICKETS FOR MY GUESTS?
9:00am Convocation: School of Communications
If you are graduating from the School of Communications, you will be eligible to claim 3 tickets for your guests to attend the 9am convocation ceremony in the Concert Hall. Here’s how to claim your tickets:
- Watch for an email on March 22 from the College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center (email@example.com) on March 22nd. It will contain a unique promotional code that you will need to enter in the ticket portal site in order to claim your 3 tickets. Note: the promotional code itself is NOT your ticket.
- Claim your tickets beginning on March 29. Go to this site on or after March 29 and enter the promotional code you received in your email. Follow the instructions on the site to redeem the e-tickets for your guests. Please note that YOU must request the tickets, and you MUST transfer them to your guests. Your guests will not be able to attend the ceremony if their tickets are still sitting in your account.
12:00pm Convocation: Art and Design
Guests of graduates from the Department of Art and the Department of Design will not need tickets in order to attend the 12pm convocation ceremony in the Music Building Concert Hall. However, we ask you to be thoughtful and considerate of the limited seating in the Concert Hall when deciding who to invite to attend in person.
3:00pm Convocation: Music, Dance, and Theatre and Media Arts
If you are graduating from the School of Music, the Department of Dance, or the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, you will be eligible to claim 4 tickets for your guests to attend the 3pm convocation ceremony in the Concert Hall. Here’s how to claim your tickets:
- Watch for an email on March 22 from the College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) on March 22nd. It will contain a unique promotional code that you will need to enter in the ticket portal site in order to claim your 4 tickets. Note: the promotional code itself is NOT your ticket.
- Claim your tickets beginning on March 30. Go to this site on or after March 30 and enter the promotional code you received in your email. Follow the instructions on the site to redeem the e-tickets for your guests. Please note that YOU must request the tickets, and you MUST transfer them to your guests. Your guests will not be able to attend the ceremony if their tickets are still sitting in your account.
Toggle ItemCAN I PURCHASE ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS?
Due to the number of graduates and guests anticipated for our ticketed convocation ceremonies, it will not be possible to purchase additional guest tickets beyond those allotted for each graduate. However, ample seating with HD live stream will be available in adjacent venues within the music building to accommodate guests without tickets.
Non-ticketed guests may also opt to wait in the standby queue for any in-person seats that are unclaimed just prior to the beginning of the ceremony.
Toggle ItemI’M HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING MY TICKETS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The BYU Ticketing box office will be open for one hour prior to each convocation ceremony. If you’re having issues accessing your tickets, please arrive early and someone in the box office will assist you.
Please note that this is only for those who have received tickets from their graduates. If your graduate has not obtained tickets for you, you can view convocation via livestream at convocation.byu.edu.
Toggle ItemWILL THERE BE A PRINTED PROGRAM FOR THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATIONS CONVOCATIONS?
In-person guests at College of Fine Arts and Communications convocation ceremonies can view and download a PDF of the convocation program here when it becomes available, or via QR codes that will be posted throughout the venue. Additionally, graduates will receive two printed commemorative programs during the convocation ceremony itself.
Toggle ItemWILL THERE BE ANY OTHER CONVOCATION COVERAGE?
We’re celebrating College of Fine Arts and Communications graduating seniors on our college Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. We will also be posting stories and additional materials at convocation.byu.edu.
You may also participate by submitting a story, video or photo that celebrates your time at BYU and we will feature it on our social media pages. Please follow this link to submit your story or use the hashtag #CFACGRAD and tag @byucfac when you post to social media.
Toggle ItemWHERE AND WHEN DO I NEED TO MEET FOR CONVOCATION?
Graduates should report to the 1st floor loading dock of the Music Building no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of convocation. Graduates should enter the Music Building through the southwest dock door, which will be marked with a canopy. There is a drop-off zone along the south side of the Music Building. ADA drop-off is available in the small parking lot on the west side of the building.
Toggle ItemCAN I PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION PHOTOS?
Island Photography will be on site to take on-stage graduation portraits that will be available for purchase. Information about ordering can be found here: https://www.islandphoto.com/faqs
Find more photos from Convocation in our Facebook album.
Toggle ItemOTHER QUESTIONS/COMMENTS?
For questions regarding graduation/convocation in general, please direct your inquiries to email@example.com. We can't guarantee a response to inquiries received after Wednesday, April 26th.
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