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May 28, 2016

We're already gearing up for commencement 2016. The following is a tentative schedule, and we will add updates as we finalize the week's festivities. We hope you will plan to join us!

Friday, May 27

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Senior Awards
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center 

Seniors receiving awards will be notified by email prior to the event.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Seniors' Last Lecture
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Senior-Family Reception
Alumni Plaza 

Graduates and two guests attend free. All others must purchase tickets. Register here. Last day to register is Wednesday, May 25.

In case of rain, reception will be held in the Campus Center Gym.

Saturday, May 28

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Commencement Day Breakfast 
Dining Center, Forrer Hall 

Graduates attend free. All others must purchase tickets. Register here.

8:00 a.m.
Senior Group Photo and Commencement Instructions for Graduates
Graduates, wearing caps and gowns, will assemble on the Beck Center steps for a group photo. After the picture is taken, graduates will go directly to Haggin Auditorium where the Commencement Marshal will give full instructions for the procession, seating, procedure for receiving diploma and recession. All graduates must be on time for this, as the process must be perfectly understood and observed by all.

In case of rain, the group photo will be taken inside Haggin Auditorium.

9:00 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony
Old Morrison Lawn
Commencement speaker: Mayor Jim Gray

Chairs will be provided. The outdoor commencement is expected to accommodate all guests of graduates. In case of inclement weather, graduation will be held in the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center. Rain tickets can be picked up during Senior Week at the Campus Center information desk. If it rains, guests with tickets will be admitted to the Beck Center beginning at 8 a.m. Seats are not reserved.

Alumni Welcome Reception 
Alumni Plaza
Immediately following the commencement ceremony. Everyone is welcome.

In case of rain, the reception will be held in the Campus Center Gym.

Disability Accommodations
For special seating and other accessibility arrangements, please contact Disability Services at 859-233-8502.

Additional Information

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.

Students can buy caps and gowns at the bookstore for $48.76 including tax.

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 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.

A list of nearby hotels can be found here.

A list of nearby restaurants can be found here.

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