One year of planning and countless staff hours create this unforgettable day

More than 2,800 chairs are rented for commencement

8,000: Graduation tickets printed

6,500: Programs printed 

6,000: Friends and family attending

4,500: Parking spaces

2,850: Rented chairs in stadium

1,500: Diploma folders prepared

1,447: Candidates for graduation (848 female, 599 male)

1,285: Number of bachelor’s degrees to be conferred

1,200: Students expected to participate in commencement (youngest 19, oldest 64, median age 23)

1,100: Caps and gowns purchased from bookstore

150: Minutes ceremony will last

125: Event volunteers

72: Police and other security personnel on duty

39: Members of commencement planning committee

28: Majors represented (most popular: business administration, 211 graduates; psychology, 174; kinesiology, 147; human communication, 126)

28: Students named Jessica in the graduating class

24: Veterans in the graduating class

19: States and territories represented in the graduating class

18: Countries represented in the graduating class (farthest: South Africa, Vietnam, India)

16: Students named Michael in the graduating class

8: Graduates celebrating birthdays on the day of commencement

5: Speakers on stage

1: Number of years it will take commencement coordinator Phyllis Grillo to plan commencement 2015

Read more about commencement here.

Some numbers are estimates