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Terms and Conditions

Graduates and guests will need to adhere to the following Terms & Conditions related to commencement.


Brandman University/UMass Global follows the guidance set forth by the State of California and the Counties of Sacramento and Orange. Notwithstanding our efforts, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during our ceremonies. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Graduates and their guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend our ceremonies.

At the time this ticketing process opened, attendees are not required to be fully vaccinated to attend the ceremonies. The university will monitor federal, state, local, and venue guidance or regulations and may enforce vaccination requirements closer to the ceremony. Graduates will be notified of any changes to our health and safety protocols related to attending commencement. Tickets are not guaranteed, and the event is subject to change.


Health and Safety Requirements

All graduate and guest attendees will be required to adhere to the following health and safety regulations:

  • Face masks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times while at the event.
  •  Attendees are required to remain 6' apart from anyone not in their guest pod.
  • Attendees will have their temperature checked prior to entering the venue. Anyone (graduates or guests) with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be permitted to enter. No exceptions.

Attendees will be expected to answer health screening questions verifying:

  • They are not currently experiencing or have experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days
  • They have not been exposed to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • They have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • They are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test
  • They have not been presumptively diagnosed or treated for COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • They are not under current isolation or quarantine orders

COVID-19 symptoms include cough, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

If graduates or guests are not willing or able to adhere to the above requirements, they should stay home and watch the livestream of the ceremony. Graduates not able to attend may ask to be invited to the 2022 ceremony instead.


Guest Seating Assignments

Guests will be seated in groups or pods with six feet of physical distance between each pod. Guest seating is assigned randomly. Both graduate and guest tickets will be distributed to graduates the week of the ceremony by email. The university recommends printing each ticket prior to arrival.

Ticket policy

Guest tickets cannot be reassigned, transferred or sold. The unique bar code on graduate and guest tickets allows only one entry to the ceremony. The first person presenting a ticket (if there are multiple copies made) will gain entry after scanning and validation. Other persons presenting a copy of that ticket will be denied entry. Any person occupying a seat may be asked to present their ticket to confirm admittance. Children under the age of 2 who will sit on the lap of an adult during the entire ceremony, do not require a ticket. Graduates and guests who do not have a valid ticket will be turned away. There will be no exceptions.


Family and friends who do not have tickets may watch a livestream of the ceremony on our university Facebook page - www.facebook.com/UMassGlobal/.
For more information, please visit www.umassglobal.edu/commencement.



All graduates and their attendees will be required to enter the event through metal detector and bag search level security. Please do not bring any large bags or prohibited items to this event. Strollers will not be allowed inside the venue. Guests must proceed to their seats upon arrival and are asked to remain seated for the duration of the ceremony.


Clear Bag Policy

The venue requires mandatory inspection of all items carried into the venue, including appropriately sized bags.

Approved bag sizes include:

  • Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bag not exceeding 12" x 6" x 12"
  • Small, clutch-style bag no exceeding 4.5" x 6.5" with or without handle / strap
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc style) or smaller

If a bag exceeds size or style restrictions or the Bag Inspector discovers prohibited items that are not deemed harmful or dangerous (e.g., outside food and beverages, bags that are larger than the permitted size, etc.), the Bag Inspector will ask the individual to dispose of the items or remove the items from the bag screening areas. Any bag that leaves the premises and then returns will need to be rescreened upon entry. Those who refuse to comply with any part of the Clear Bag Policy will not be permitted entry to the Venue.


Prohibited Items

The university requests the cooperation of all grads and guests in observing strict regulations required for the protection of the venue. No food, beverages, chewing gum, cigarettes, party novelties, confetti, balloons, or nonservice pets are permitted. Possession of weapons at a university-sponsored event is prohibited, including but not limited to all types of knives, firearms, and fireworks.



When the ceremony concludes, we ask that all guests remain seated until the graduate recession has completed. Guests will be released from their seats by venue security, in an effort to maintain social distancing. Please gather your belongings and be prepared to leave the venue completely once instructed to do so. Graduates will not be permitted to return to the guest seating area following the ceremony. We recommend that grads make plans to meet their guests at their vehicle following the ceremony.

Since you will not be allowed to remain in the venue following the ceremony, we encourage our families to find a nearby park to take photos if you wish to commemorate this special occasion.


Photo and Video Release

Brandman University/UMass Global Commencement and Hooding ceremonies are public events that are videotaped, photographed, and recorded for personal and commercial use. By participating in and/or attending these events, you give Brandman University/UMass Global, their affiliate universities, and venue partners permission to use visual images (photo, video, digital in any form) of you for any lawful purpose related to the university or venue's business activities, including marketing, advertising, and promotion. By participating and/or attending these events you understand that you have waived any rights that you may have to inspect or approve of the images or wording in the final product that may be used in connection with the university's business activities.


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration and any of your guest tickets, please email [email protected] with 'Grad & Guest Ticket Cancellation Request' in the subject line.



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