Tips for Family and Guests


  • Tickets are not required for CalArts Graduation that takes place outside in the Graduation Courtyard. Graduates are encouraged to invite their friends and family to celebrate their achievement. 
  • Entry to the Graduation Courtyard begins at 3 p.m. 
  • Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please be aware that the ceremony and seating takes place in an open grassy area with little covering. 
    • Please feel free to bring lawn chairs.
    • Commemorative CalArts blankets will also be available for purchase.
  • Once the chairs are filled, seating will move to the lawn. Please plan accordingly.


  • The Graduation Ceremony takes place outside. Southern California weather in May can be unpredictable. We encourage guests to check the weather forecast so that they may plan and dress accordingly. Depending on the weather, the temperature can range from very warm to cool depending upon the time of day. Remember to bring sunscreen on this day.
  • The ceremony will be held outdoors in the courtyard, rain or shine.