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The Event in the Tent

Thursday, May 24, 2018

This year's commencement ceremony takes place Thursday, May 24, rain or shine, under a large tent on the Athletics practice field at the Arnold campus.

The following information will be mailed March 7 to summer and fall 2017 graduates and spring 2018 graduation applicants.

Cap and Gown, Announcements, Invitations and Tickets

April 12 through May 8
(Distribution begins 10 a.m. on April 12.)
Graduates and graduation applicants may pick up announcements, invitations, tickets and may purchase cap/gown.

Graduates who have demonstrated financial need may qualify for assistance with the expense of the cap and gown by completing a “Regalia Scholarship Application” by April 6 through the Financial Aid office.

Extra Tickets

At the time graduates purchase their cap/gown package and pick up guests tickets, they may submit a request form, available in the Bookstore, for extra guest tickets. Only one form will be accepted per graduate. A drawing for extra guest tickets will be done at random on May 16 and those graduates will be contacted. (Note: Quantities will be limited per selected graduate to a maximum of two extra tickets and may be further limited based on availability).

Commencement Day

On Thursday, May 24, graduates MUST report to Jenkins Gymnasium no later than 5:30 p.m. for lineup and instructions. Allow adequate time to arrive on campus and park. DO NOT BE LATE. There is no rehearsal for commencement. Signs posted on the doors of the gymnasium will direct graduates to the appropriate area.

We look forward to celebrating our graduates’ achievements!