Sunday, June 4, 2017
9:30 a.m., Commencement Procession to the Library Quad
10:00 a.m., Commencement Exercises on the Library Quad
12:00 p.m., President’s Reception Lunch on Chapin Lawn
Commencement begins with a formal academic procession. Three members of the Senior Class give brief speeches and honorary degrees are awarded. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the Commencement Address.
Finally the College President awards a diploma to each senior. No tickets are necessary for outdoor Commencement on the Library Quad. Because the outdoor seating faces east, guests will find hats, sunglasses, and a water bottle useful on a sunny morning. Every effort will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors, even with a possibility of light rain. Guests should bring rain gear if the weather forecast includes rain.
For those who prefer to sit indoors, the ceremonies will be streamed live into Brooks-Rogers Auditorium. No tickets required. This livestream will be made available on the College website as well.
President Falk will honor degree recipients at a lunch reception on Sunday, immediately following Commencement. Graduates and their guests are cordially invited to attend. Formal invitations will not be issued.
Rain Plans: In case of heavy rain or threat of lightning, the Chapel Bells will toll at 9 a.m. Sunday signaling that the ceremony will move to Lansing Chapman Ice Rink for indoor Commencement. Tickets are required for admission to Lansing-Chapman. (Seniors will be given three tickets automatically.) Additional seating will be available on a first come basis in Chandler Gymnasium where the ceremony will be livestreamed on a large screen. Tickets are not required for seating in Chandler Gymnasium. In the case of rain, the President’s Reception will be held in Towne Field House.
Notes: Indoor Commencement is not open to the public. Due to code restrictions, each senior is only given four tickets.