Graduation FAQs

Aerial photo of Red Hat Amphitheater

FAQs for Spring 2021 Graduate Ceremony 

Students, parents and family members are encouraged to review the answers to these frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. As with any event or plan during pandemic times, the University continues to monitor ever-changing conditions and local, state and federal health guidelines. The details provided via the FAQs may be subject to change, depending on public health conditions and state regulations.



A: The law school purchases caps, gowns, and hoods for all students. Once the regalia packages arrive, students will pick them up from Career Services during the designated dates and times. Additionally, the Student Bar Association encourages (not requires) all students to purchase a tam to wear in lieu of the cap. Tams will be available for purchase via the following link:

A: Graduation rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 South McDowell Street, in downtown Raleigh.  Rehearsal is mandatory and only for graduates participating in the May graduation ceremony.  Graduates should enter via Gate 2. A class photo will be taken immediately following the rehearsal.

A: Each graduate will receive 4 tickets for their guests. During the week of graduation, tickets will be distributed, along with graduation regalia, to graduates during designated times and days by Career Services. Graduation is a large event and for 2021, COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Guests should always consider their comfort and well-being in their decision to attend.  Should they decide to attend, all graduation guests must present a ticket to enter, and the ticket will identify family name and seat assignment. Seating will be arranged in a socially distanced manner to accommodate each graduate and 4 guests.  Once seated, graduates must remain seated with their guests until they are called to walk across the stage to receive their diploma.  Family members are to remain in their seats at all times, until the close of the ceremony.  Face coverings will be required for the entirety of the graduation ceremony.  This is a reserved and ticketed event and is therefore not open to the public.  Every person entering the stadium must have a ticket. If you have friends and family who cannot make it to the ceremony, it will be streamed live online. 

A link to the live stream will be made available prior to the ceremony.


A: Graduates are required to arrive via Gate 2 at the Red Hat Amphitheater between 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Friday, May 7, at the latest.  Gates 1 and 2 will not open for guest arrival until 9:30 a.m.



A: There are several pay parking lots and spaces within walking distance to Red Hat Amphitheater. The Performing Arts Deck and the Wake County Deck are parking decks closest to the venue.  You can find a parking map via this link. Please be aware that there is a fee for parking in downtown Raleigh. The R-line route features a stop near the theater, so you may always park at the school and take the bus on the corner of Dawson and Morgan Streets or you can park at the school and walk to the theater.

A: This is a professional ceremony. In the regalia package, each graduate will receive a hood, flat mortarboard cap, and a graduation gown. Men should wear dark slacks and dark shoes under their gowns. Women should wear dark slacks or skirts under their gowns, as well as dark, comfortable shoes suitable for an outside event. Mortarboard caps and tams cannot be decorated. While umbrellas are not allowed in the venue, ponchos and other rain gear are permissible.


A: Graduates CANNOT bring personal items to the graduation ceremony due to a lack of storage space. In the event that a graduate must bring personal items, they must make arrangements in advance with a family member or friend to hold on to their items until they can join them during the graduation ceremony. Campbell Law School and Red Hat Amphitheater are not responsible for the loss of any personal items.

A: As mentioned, this is a professional ceremony, so it is advised that guests wear comfortable business attire, suitable for an outside event.  While umbrellas are not allowed in the venue, ponchos and other rain gear are permissible.

A: Yes. If space for a wheelchair is needed, or other special considerations, please detail your request via the following link:  CLICK HERE.

A: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a graduation reception for 2021.

A: You may order personalized graduation announcements and class rings from Balfour online or by calling 1-877-225-3687. Both credit cards and checks are accepted. The Campbell University bookstore on main campus carries non-personalized graduation announcements and diploma frames. You can also purchase diploma frames online via the Campbell University bookstore.

A: Several lodging options are available near the venue.