Commencement 2022

May 28, 2022

Transylvania University looks forward to celebrating our Class of 2022 with an in-person ceremony that meets state public health guidelines and provide a safe environment for our graduates and guests. 

The Commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place on Old Morrison lawn. Guest tickets are not required for this ceremony. Should the ceremony be moved inside due to rain, each graduate will have seven general admission rain tickets to distribute to guests. Moving the ceremony inside will only be necessary if there is inclement weather on the ceremony day; that decision will be made at 6 a.m. on the morning of the ceremony. Graduates may pick up their rain tickets at the Senior Send-Off event on Tuesday, May 24, or any time after that at the Registrar’s Office (through Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m.).

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live for family and friends to watch from home. In addition, a recording of the ceremony will be posted for people to watch at their leisure. 

In order to comply with public health guidance and to protect the health and safety of all in attendance, we ask that all Commencement ceremony attendees follow current Healthy at Transy protocols.

Commencement photos are in!

High resolution photos were taken by Fred Siegelman of each graduate as they crossed the stage and received their diploma. Download your photos here.

Photos are free to download, but please consider tagging the photographer (IG: @fred_siegelman) if you share on social channels.

Get ready for Commencement!


Senior Preview
February 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
February 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Transy Bookstore in the Campus Center
Hosted by the Bookstore, this event is your prime opportunity to:
· Purchase your cap and gown ($48 + tax)
· View and order class rings, announcements, and more from Jostens
· Learn about Senior Challenge and the class gift
· Pick up your Graduation Bucket List (with prize information!)
To attend, please drop by the Bookstore at your convenience during any of the times listed. For cap and gown questions, please reach out to

Senior Week Events

May 23-27, 2022

The format of these events is subject to change. More information will be shared with students via email and posted here as we get closer to Senior Week.

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022

Senior Send-Off
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Alumni Plaza (rain location: Campus Center)
Join us as we celebrate you, our 2022 Senior Class! Lunch will be served by Bon Appetit (bring your Crimson Card) and seniors can pick up their cap and gown and their commencement guest rain tickets. There will also be treats, valuable information, music and fun!

Senior Challenge
6-8 p.m.
Bluegrass Tavern
Goodfellas pizza and dessert will be served, cash bar available.
Seniors only (RSVP here), please bring ID and crimson card.


Seniors Only Event
7-9 p.m.
Back Circle (rain location: Campus Center)
Open to graduating seniors only.

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022

Class of 2022 Candy Buffet
2:30 p.m.
Campus Center Hearth Room

Senior Toast
3-5 p.m.
Campus Center Pioneer Rooms
Open to graduating seniors only.

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022

Last Lecture – Professor Tiffany Wheeler
3-4 p.m.
Haggin Auditorium
Open to graduating seniors only.

Senior Awards
4:15-5 p.m.
Haggin Auditorium
Open to award recipients and their guests only.

Senior-Family Reception*
5-6:30 p.m.
Alumni Plaza (rain location: Campus Center)
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer cash bar
Graduates plus two guests will be admitted free of charge (RSVP required). Additional guest tickets may be purchased for $20 per person. Click here to register for this event by Wednesday, May 25.

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2022

Graduate Group Photo
8 a.m.
Front steps of Beck Athletic Center
Rain location: Haggin Auditorium

Commencement Celebration*
9-10:30 a.m. (approximately)
Old Morrison Lawn
Class of 2022 Speaker – Nyah Mattison
Rain location: Beck Athletic Center (Rain tickets are required. Student have an opportunity to pick up seven rain tickets during Senior Week to give to their guests. Additional tickets may be made available by other graduates who do not need all seven of their tickets.)

Alumni Welcome Reception
Immediately following the ceremony
Alumni Plaza
Rain location: Campus Center

Ceremony Livestream and Recording
A recording of the ceremony is available at

Complimentary parking can be found around the Transylvania University campus. Note that a permit is not required on the ceremony day and guests may park in any open lot on campus. The MFA lot at the corner of 4th Street and Upper will be reserved for disabled parking. If you require access to disabled parking and/or seating close to the ASL interpreter, please use this link to submit your request.

*Note that Fayette County Public Schools will hold graduation ceremonies at Rupp Arena on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. We expect the area around Rupp Arena to be congested on those days leading up to their ceremonies. Please be sure to avoid that area as you travel to Transy for our events.

Gratz Perk Coffee Shop
The Gratz Perk Coffee Shop, adjacent to the ceremony seating area in the Glenn Building, will open at 8 a.m. on Commencement day. Hot and cold coffee drinks, water, and other beverages will be available for purchase as well as a variety of breakfast pastries.

There are numerous hotels in the vicinity of campus. A list of preferred properties can be found on this page.

Please share your Commencement day photos with us using #TransyGrad.

Please direct questions to the Office of the Academic Dean:

Alma Mater

“Hail, Transylvania!”

Hail, Transylvania, thine own are we,
Our hearts in loyal love we pledge to thee;
True to thy crimson flag thro’ all our days,
Hail, Transylvania! we sing thy praise.

First in the West to rise, seeker of truth,
May He who guides above renew thy youth;
Far thro’ the coming years, firm in the right,
Hail, Transylvania! pass on thy light.