Graduation Timeline 2019–2020

Order Commencement Tickets

Orders are due by April 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Please email with any questions.

Ticket orders

Any day

Upperclass Gift

Leave a legacy; financially support your passion at Calvin.

Fall ~ Apply for Degree

Fall ~ Update Mail and E-mail Address

Please provide a spring mailing address to the registrar’s office:

December 9 & 10, 2019

Senior Bagel Day

Please stop by the Meeter Center Lecture Hall on December 9 anytime between 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Pizza Night

Please stop by the Alumni Board Room (Commons Annex) on December 10 anytime from 7-9 p.m.

February 18 & 19, 2020

Senior Salute/100 Days

Stop by the second floor of the Hekman Library to get all the information and instructions you need for Commencement. It won’t take long!

*Attendance mandatory unless on an off-campus semester program.

March 2020

Professor of the Year award nominations due 

Nominate a professor to K4L (Knights for Life).

Vote for Professor of the Year (final voting available in March).

April 2020

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 2020

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 21 @ 12:00pm

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

Commencement ticket pick-up - May 11-23

At box office; Student ID required.

Late pick-up: Saturday, May 23, noon–2 p.m. at the Van Noord Arena information desk.

Complete senior survey*

*Mandatory in order to receive a cap and gown. Your survey will be emailed to you two weeks before graduation; all you have to do is fill it out. If you need it resent after May 11, contact

May 21 & 22, 2020

Cap and gown pick-up

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

May 21–23, 2020

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 22
Attendance is MANDATORY for graduating seniors.
*Graduates must RSVP to be registered for the prize drawings (link coming in late spring).

Honors Convocation

Location TBD, 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22

Commencement ceremony

Van Noord Arena, 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23
Graduates must report for processional line-up by 1:30 p.m. Overflow seating will be in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

The Commencement Recessional and Graduate Seating Chart will be available in May 2020.

Commencement reception

Commons Lawn, immediately following the ceremony on Saturday, May 23
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