Graduation Timeline 2018–2019

Order Commencement Tickets

If you have not ordered your Commencement tickets and cap and gown, please send an email to to request access to the order form. To change your ticket request, email

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November 27 & 28, 2018

Senior Salute - Part 1

Please stop by the Library Lobby anytime between 2–6 p.m. on November 27 or 28 to get all the information and forms you need for Commencement. It won’t take long!

March 5 & 6, 2019 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Senior Salute - Part 2

Stop by the Library Lobby to get all the information and forms you need for Commencement. It won’t take long!

*Attendance mandatory unless on an off-campus semester program

March 2019

Professor of the Year award nominations due

Submit nominations here to K4L (Knights for Life).

April 2019

Commencement ticket orders due - April 12

Ticket orders must include any/all requests for special seating (e.g. wheelchair access) or other accommodations (e.g. sign language interpretation).

May 2019

Perkins loan exit interview

All Perkins loan recipients must complete. Email Rana Huisman in financial services with questions.

On-campus housing reservations due - Thursday, May 17 @ 12:00pm

For parents who want to stay in residence halls for Commencement weekend. Online registration is now available.

Commencement ticket pick-up - May 6-18

At box office; Student ID required.

Late pick-up Saturday, May 18, noon-2pm at Van Noord Arena information desk.

Complete senior survey*

*Mandatory in order to receive a cap and gown. Your survey was emailed to you, all you have to do is fill it out. If you need it resent, contact

May 16 & 17, 2019

Cap and gown pick-up

Covenant Fine Arts Center 222, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

May 16–18, 2019

Commencement celebration events

See the Commencement weekend schedule for details.

Commencement rehearsal and social hour

Van Noord Arena, 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17
Attendance is MANDATORY for graduating seniors.
*Graduates must RSVP to be registered for the prize drawing, which includes a huge TV, interview accessories, Calvin swag, and a flight voucher to take you anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Not to mention the graduation gift you get, compliments of the Alumni Association.

Honors Convocation

Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium, 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17

Commencement ceremony

Van Noord Arena, 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18
Graduates must report for processional line-up by 1:30 p.m. Overflow seating will be in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Download the 2019 Commencement Processional and Graduate Seating Chart

Commencement reception

Commons Lawn, immediately following the ceremony on Saturday, May 18
Refreshments for graduates and their guests.

You’re officially Knights for Life (K4L).
We have events planned all summer. Join us!
Commencement robe return

Hoogenboom Room 204, by 5 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Graduates must return robes by 5 p.m. but may keep cap and tassel.

After graduation

New grads information provided by the alumni association.

Student email accounts close 60 days after graduation

Account access after graduation.


Maps and Parking
Includes building entrances and accessibility.

Thursday through Saturday of Commencement Weekend.

Most events are free!

Contact us
(616) 526-6280