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Commencement Family + Guests

Celebrate with your friends/loved ones

Family and Guests

The information on this page is for guests of graduating students. Should you not find the information you need, please e-mail with your question.


  • PhD, EdS and Master’s students will be recognized at 6 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2023.
  • Undergraduate students will be recognized at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2023.

All ceremonies will be in White Auditorium.

Lodging Accommodations

Emporia has a variety of motels and bed-and-breakfast inns. Phone numbers and addresses can be found from Emporia's Convention & Visitors Bureau at:

Graduation Photos

GradImages will be providing a candid photography service at Commencement. Each graduate will have their picture taken at the moment they receive the diploma. A full color proof will then be mailed directly to the graduate's residence. There is no obligation or charge for shooting these pictures, and since all graduates receiving diplomas will be photographed, there is no need to contact GradImages prior to the graduation.

GradImages encourage students to preregister their e-mail addresses and also those of up to six family members. This way, once the photographs become available for ordering and viewing, the company will automatically notify those who have registered. Their website is

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) at Emporia State University during regular business hours - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday - to request accommodations at least 48 hours prior to the event. There will be an area designated for accessible seating within the venue, and interpreters will be set up on the stage for the event.