Guest Information

Commencement Ceremony

May 10, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
Bismarck Event Center
315 South 5th Street
Bismarck ND  58503

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Arrival, Parking, and Seating

  • Doors open to guests at 1:00 p.m.
  • No tickets or guest passes are required to attend the ceremony.  All guests are welcome.
  • Map and Directions to the Bismarck Event Center
  • Parking is free in all lots with the exception of a $5 fee for Parking Lot B.
  • Guests should enter through the Event Center main entrance on the southwest side.  Parking/Entrance Map
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Ceremony will run approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  • Concessions will be available.

  • Photos may be taken from your seats. Guests will not be permitted on the commencement floor until after the ceremony.
  • Professional photographers from Lifetouch Photography will take photos of each graduate during the ceremony.
  • Graduates will receive information from Lifetouch after the ceremony regarding the option to purchase prints.
  • Photos are typically available ten days after the ceremony online at Lifetouch Special Events.
  • After the ceremony, guests may join their graduate on the arena floor and use our special photo area to capture photos with their graduate.
Special Assistance

  • Handicapped accessible parking is available in Lots B and D.  Parking/Entrance Map
  • Elevators are available to assist guests in getting to the seating level.
  • Limited mobility space for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Due to space restrictions, we can accommodate one additional family member from your group to be seated with the individual needing access.
  • Attendants will be available at the main entrance.
 Graduation Day Flowers 

The Dakota Nursing Program Student Nurse Organization will be selling fresh, single-stem roses as a fundraiser.
LIVE Stream and Online Recording

Commencement LIVE Stream – Guests that cannot attend the ceremony can watch it live.
The commencement ceremony can be viewed at a later date online on the BSC website and through Dakota Media Access
Social Media

While you’re waiting for pomp and circumstance, visit to see what your graduate is up to behind the scenes.

Graduates can also share commencement photos and posts by using the hashtag #2019BSCgrad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.