Graduation Timeline 2017–2018

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 28 & 29, 2017

Senior Salute - Part 1

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

March 6 & 7, 2018

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 31, 2018

Professor of the Year award nominations due

Submit nominations to K4L (Knights for Life).

April 2018

Commencement ticket orders due - April 13

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

April 18, 2018

Honors Convocation

Covenant Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

May 2018 (exact dates TBD)

Perkins loan exit interview

All Perkins loan recipients must complete. Email Amy Carr 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 will be available in January 2017.

Commencement ticket pick-up - May 7-19

At box office; Student ID required.

Late pick-up Saturday, May 19, noon-2pm at Van Noord Arena information desk.

Complete senior survey*

*Mandatory in order to receive a cap and gown. Survey instructions

May 17 & 18, 2018

Cap and gown pick-up

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

May 17–19, 2018

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 18
*More details to come

Commencement ceremony

Van Noord Arena, 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19
Graduates must report for processional line-up by 1:30 p.m. Overflow seating will be in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Download the 2018 Commencement Processional and Graduate Seating Chart.

Commencement reception

Commons Lawn, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19
Refreshments for graduates and their guests.

Download the 2018 Commencement Reception Map

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.


Grad survey available in May 2018

Maps and Parking
Includes building entrances and accessibility.

Thursday through Saturday of Commencement Weekend.

Most events are free!

Contact us
(616) 526-6280