Day of Graduation Procedures

Tickets, Seating & Parking

Staying Safe

Entering the Facility

Graduates will enter the Curtis Culwell Center via the conference area entrance on the north side of the building. This entrance will be clearly marked as being for graduates. Upon entry, graduates will go through security and then check in. From there, volunteers will assist the graduates in taking their seats on the arena floor.

Graduates will be expected to adhere to the same security policies as guests and are encouraged to bring only small items with them that will fit in their pockets.

Guests can enter the Curtis Culwell Center via the north main entrance on the first floor or the west entrance on the second floor.

Exiting the Facility

Following the recessional, graduates and guests will be allowed to meet up outside of the Curtis Culwell Center. Graduates and guests are asked to not congregate inside the center.

Garland Police will be directing traffic after the ceremony.



Each graduate will be provided four e-tickets, which will be sent to them via email to the email address entered on their graduation ceremony RSVP form. A ticket is required for admittance for every guest, including infants, without exception. Guests will not be able to enter the building without a ticket.


Seating is first come, first-served, and guests are asked to not reserve seating. No re-entry will be permitted.

Section 114 is reserved for individuals and their families who require accessible accommodations. The arena floor is reserved for graduates and approved Dallas College staff and administrators only.

To expedite the ceremony and not disrupt the graduating class, guests are requested to meet their graduates outside of the Curtis Culwell Center following the ceremony.


We encourage graduates to car pool with their guests as parking is limited. The Curtis Culwell Center has parking available in multiple lots surrounding the center. There is also overflow parking available at Neiman Forest High School. View the Curtis Culwell Center parking information.

There are ample handicap accessible spots. It is recommended that guests who need handicap accessible spots park on the west side of the arena and enter through the nearest door.



A professional photographer will be present to take official graduation photos of each graduate during and after they walk across the stage. Students will be given cards at graduation with instructions on how to access and purchase these images after the event.

Guests are not allowed on the floor, nor are they allowed to congregate at the end of aisles to take photos. Guests are asked to take photos from their seats.


All graduation ceremonies will be livestreamed for any family or friends unable to attend the ceremonies in-person. Livestreaming will be available at the start of each ceremony on our graduation website (



To keep our community safe, all graduates, guests, staff and volunteers are asked to self-check for any of the following symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms or feel sick in any way, please stay home.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have had known contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

While face coverings will not be mandatory, individuals who prefer to wear a mask are encouraged to do so. Hand sanitizer stations will also be available throughout the facility.


Clear Bag Policy

To enhance public safety, the Curtis Culwell Center is limiting the size and style of bags allowed in the facility.

Approved bags include:

  • Clear totes in plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12 x 6 x 12 inches
  • Clear, one gallon or smaller resealable plastic storage bags
  • Small clutch purses that are no longer than 6.5 x 4.5 inches

Prohibited bags and containers include:

  • All purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch
  • Backpacks
  • Briefcases
  • Camera bags
  • Computer bags
  • Coolers
  • Diaper bags
  • Drawstring bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Luggage of any kind

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. Please limit the number of items you bring to the Curtis Culwell Center. View the Curtis Culwell Center clear bag policy.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited inside the Curtis Culwell Center:

  • Purses, backpacks or diaper bags.
    See a full list of prohibited bags in the Clear Bag Policy section.
  • Video cameras or cameras with lenses greater than six inches
  • Flags, signs or banners
  • Outside food or beverages (concessions are available inside the center)
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Umbrellas
  • Balloons
  • Weapons
  • Animals (excluding certified service animals)
  • Flowers (flowers are available for purchase inside the center)
  • Smoking or electronic cigarettes
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Beach balls, Frisbees, bubble, silly string, glitter, confetti or laser pens
  • Monopods, tripods and selfie sticks
  • Seat cushions

All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. Items left at the door will be discarded.

Permitted items include bags that fall in accordance with the bag policy or items related to a medical condition.