graduation & Commencement Ceremonies


Each summer, the Artpark Mainstage Theater is used by local high schools to host graduation ceremonies (see schedule below). The Theater offers an indoor location large enough to hold the graduates and their families (approx 2,500 seating capacity) and is already equipped for stage presentations. If you are interested in renting the Artpark facility for a high school graduation ceremony, please contact Susan Stimson at [email protected]


This year, Artpark is proud to host commencement ceremonies for Niagara University May 16-18.

2019 High School Graduations at Artpark

June 27 - Niagara Wheatfield High School, 7PM

June 28 - Lewiston Porter High School, 7PM

June 29 - Wilson High School, 9AM

June 29 - Lockport High School, 1PM

June 30 - North Tonawanda, 10AM 



Some schools issue tickets for graduation ceremonies. Please contact school directly to inquire about tickets.  


The Mainstage Theater seating is general admission for graduation ceremonies. Niagara University ceremonies have reserved seating, please inquire directly with the school about tickets. There are 3 tiers of seats with a limited number of handicapped seating available in the Grand Tier and on the landings of the 1st and 2nd tier.  If the indoor seats should fill up, the adjacent seating lawn can be used for overflow.

Please note that the Mainstage Theater is not heated or air conditioned, so please dress for the weather.



Ample parking is available on-site at Artpark. Parking is free (The school covers the parking fees). Please enter the park at the South 4th Street entrance, lots C & D are nearest to the Mainstage Theater.

There are limited handicapped parking spaces in both lots C & D.



Theater gates typically open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony (This is at the discretion of the school, please check with appropriate school contact on entrance/arrival instructions.) All seating is general admission. Parking lots are open all day. 



Artpark has a limited number of wheelchairs for patron use. Please inquire at the Lower Information Center (off of Lot D) on how to check out a wheelchair. 

Handicap accessible seating is limited, please arrive early if you require this type of seating. 

For more information regarding attending a graduation ceremony, please contact the Artpark Box Office at 716-754-4375


For schools inquiring about hosting a graduation ceremony in the Mainstage Theater, please contact Susan Stimson at [email protected]