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Graduation: FAQs

Graduation 2019: Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I get tickets to the two events?  
Seniors will automatically receive two (2) tickets to Baccalaureate and six (6) tickets to Commencement. Tickets will be distributed to seniors with caps and gowns during graduation week. Please Note: Per Abravanel Hall policy, babies 13 months and older require their own ticket. Babies 12 months and younger are held in arms. Please plan accordingly. Car seats are not allowed in the Abravanel Hall auditorium and may be left at the coat check for the ceremony. Direct all Ticket Questions to Judge Memorial Advancement Director, Susan Lollini, slollini@jdugememorial.com
 
What if we need more tickets? 
Seniors will automatically receive two tickets to Baccalaureate and six tickets to Commencement. Those requesting additional tickets to either the Baccalaureate Mass or the Commencement Exercise may do so via an online link (active March 25 through May 1, 2019) on the Graduation Central overview page. After May 5, 2019 you will be notified of the number of tickets you will receive from the Judge Advancement Office. Tickets will be distributed to seniors with caps and gowns during graduation week. Direct all Ticket Questions to Judge Memorial Advancement Director, Susan Lollini, slollini@jdugememorial.com
Please Note: Per Abravanel Hall policy, babies 13 months and older require their own ticket. Babies 12 months and younger are held in arms. Please plan accordingly. Car seats are not allowed in the Abravanel Hall auditorium and may be left at the coat check for the ceremony. 

How long do the two ceremonies last? 
Baccalaureate is about two hours and Commencement about 90 minutes.
 
When will the doors open to the public for each ceremony? 
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. for the Baccalaureate Mass and at 10:30 a.m. for the Commencement Ceremony.
 
Where do seniors have to be and when?
Please refer to the detailed graduation schedule included in seniors’ graduation packets (to be distributed in March 2019), and to the Graduation: Dates and Info page.
 
Where can I park at the Cathedral for the Baccalaureate Mass? 
We highly recommend parking at Judge and carpooling to the Cathedral, given that parking in the area is limited. Families must park in the neighborhood around the Cathedral. Signs are posted letting people know what hours they can park in which areas without the required permits. There is only one handicapped parking space, in the plaza behind the Cathedral, which one enters on C Street. If that space is no longer available, we ask that you drop off in that area and then park elsewhere.
 
Where can I park for Abravanel Hall for the Commencement Ceremony?
Please refer to https://artsaltlake.org/events/abravanel-hall/ for suggestions.
 
What are the special needs accommodations?
If you will need special accommodations for yourself or guests for either event (handicapped seating), these may be requested online through the ticket request form no later than May 1. If issues arise after that, please contact Ms. Susan Lollini at slollini@judgememorial.com. Special accommodation requests include: wheelchair seating, ADA needs, sign language accommodations, and assistance in seating due to physical ailments.
 
How can we get the wrinkles out of the graduation gowns? 
It is best to take the gowns out of the bags in which they are packaged as soon as the seniors receive them (late May, 2018). It takes about an hour to iron them, using a washcloth between the iron and the cloth to protect the material. Then, keep the gown hanging until the ceremonies.
 
Can you explain the etiquette guidelines for the Cathedral of the Madeleine for those not Catholic?
The annual Baccalaureate Mass is a beautiful liturgical ceremony, con-celebrated by diocesan administrators, numerous diocesan monsignors, priests, and deacons. The Mass is offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon our graduates and their families. Our graduates and their families find Baccalaureate to be a meaningful way to mark the beginning of graduation celebrations. As a matter of respect for this solemn Catholic liturgy, please arrive on time, be quiet and respectful, and follow along utilizing the program distributed upon arrival. As you are comfortable, sit, stand, or kneel at the appropriate times, and sing along and respond to prayers.
 
Can you explain the etiquette guidelines for Abravanel Hall?
Tickets are required for Commencement for all attendees (including toddlers and infants). Noisemakers are not permitted at Abravanel Hall and should not be brought into the facility. As a matter of respect for all our graduates and for the ceremony itself, we ask that attendees hold their applause until all members of the graduating class have received their diploma from the superintendent of schools. While it is customary to acknowledge your own graduate, please do be respectful of other graduates and their families. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the ceremony to recognize and applaud our outstanding graduates!
 
Will I be able to take pictures?
The Cathedral’s policy requests that parents respect the Mass and refrain from taking photos during the service itself. Photos may be taken as graduates enter and depart the ceremony, and during the awards part of the ceremony. Judge New Media department will be photographing and videotaping both Baccalaureate and Commencement and DVDs will be available for parents to purchase (a DVD order form will be available in early spring 2018 and included in Graduation Central; stay tuned!). At Commencement parents are free to take photos at any time.
 
What is the attire for graduates for Baccalaureate/Commencement?
  • Women:  Dresses with full tops should be a solid light color: no-stripes, prints, polka dots, etc.  (The graduation gown is white and dark colors or patterns show through.) Stockings and dress shoes are recommended. 
  • Men:  Solid color dress shirts (preferably white or very light color), tie, solid color pants, socks and dress shoes.  Shorts are not permitted.
  • Gum and cell phones are not permitted at either ceremony; leave both at home. 
  • All national and cultural traditions are respected and appreciated in our school community. To honor our long tradition here at Judge Memorial, graduates are asked to wear the cap and gown without adornment (e.g., no leis, flowers, boutonnières, etc.). Thank you for your cooperation.