May 26, 2018

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Commencement Schedule

Details subject to change

Friday, May 25, 2018

Senior Awards
4-5 p.m.
Carrick Theater
No tickets required

Senior Family Reception
5-6:30 p.m.
Alumni Plaza
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a chance to mingle with faculty, staff and other students as we celebrate our graduates. Graduates and two family members attend free. Additional tickets may be purchased.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Commencement Day Breakfast
7-8 a.m.
Forrer Dining Hall
Graduates attend free. Others may purchase tickets.

Commencement Ceremony
9-10:30 a.m.
Old Morrison  Lawn
Alumni Welcome Reception immediately following the ceremony
No tickets required 

If it rains, the ceremony will be in the Beck Center followed by a reception in the Campus Center. Seven rain tickets per graduate will be handed out to students during Senior Week in the event of inclement weather.

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on our university Facebook page
Limited seating will be available in Carrick Theater to watch the live stream.

Additional Information

Rain Tickets

Each student will receive 7 rain tickets for entry to the commencement ceremony in case of rain. There will be no open seating available. Rain tickets will be picked up during senior send off along with caps and gowns.

Meeting Spots

This year we are adding four banners, one for each academic division, to Alumni Plaza as a way to find your family and friends during the Alumni Welcome Reception following Commencement. The banners will be located on lamp posts at each corner of Alumni Plaza. Faculty members for each division can also use the banners as a way to greet students from their divisions.


Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the University parking lots located on Fourth Street and Upper Street and in the semi-circle in front of the Haupt Humanities building on North Broadway. Old Morrison Circle will be closed to parking.

Handicapped parking will be available and can be arranged ahead of time by contacting Disability Services at 859-233-8502. Public safety officers will have a motorized cart in the parking lot off Fourth Street behind the Mitchell Fine Arts Center for guests who need assistance.


Order your official commencement announcements by clicking here.

Caps and Gowns

Students can buy caps and gowns at the bookstore for $46.64 including tax. Graduates can prepay for the Cap and Gown package at Senior Preview on February 22. Caps and gowns can be picked up during Senior Week.


We are pleased to have an arrangement with Dan Silvestri of Impact Photography for our commencement photography. Orders may be placed at any time by contacting Impact Photography at 859-252-0725

Package Prices:

  • Pkg. 1: One 8x10” group graduation photo and one 5x7” individual graduate photo, $65
  • Pkg. 2: One 8x10” group graduation photo and three 5x7” individual graduate photos, $75
  • Pkg. 3: One 8x10” individual graduation photo and three 5x7”individual graduate photos, $85 

Separate Prices:

  • One 8x10” group graduation photo, $50
  • One 5x7” individual graduate photo only, $45
  • Additional 5x7” individual graduate photo with any purchase above, $20
  • Additional 8x10” individual graduate photo with any purchase above, $25
Restrooms and First Aid

Restrooms will be available on the ground level of Old Morrison, the Cowgill Center and the Brown Science Center.

A first aid station will be set up in front of the Cowgill Center.

Lodging and Dining

A list of nearby hotels can be found here.

A list of nearby restaurants can be found here.

Map and Directions

Directions to Transylvania University and a map can be found here.

Things to do in Lexington

Activities in and around Lexington can be found here.