All Commencement events take place at FedExForum, located in downtown Memphis, TN. The facility is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies, NBA Team. For each Commencement, FedExForum can hold over 18,000 graduates and guests combined.

Seating information changes often. Please contact Commencement regarding sections and how seating will be prepared.


All Commencement events are open to the public No tickets are required. 

Security at FedExForum

Walk-through magnetometers were installed at FedExForum under the premise of being used at all Memphis Grizzlies games, as per an NBA mandate conceptualized this summer during league security meetings. The magnetometers have become an industry standard across MLB, NHL and NFL venues and their use will now be mandatory for every FedExForum event in order to improve fan safety and guest experience, a shared goal between FedExForum, the University of Memphis and touring production companies.

To ensure your Commencement ceremony is enjoyable for you and your guests, please note the following:

  • Guests are advised to bring ONLY necessary items to the FedExForum during events, concerts and games.
  • Separate express lanes will be available for guests in the Grand Lobby without bags to be inspected.
  • Guests will not need to remove their hats, shoes, belts, watches or jewelry as with airport security. Instead, guests will have to place their cell phones, cameras and keys on a security table prior to walking through the metal detector.
  • Expectant mothers, those with pacemakers and ADA guests are not subject to the magnetometers and will instead be screened through handheld devices.