FAQ's

Are guest tickets required for admission to any of the scheduled events during Commencement Weekend?

Graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish because tickets for admission are not required for any event during Commencement Weekend, including Baccalaureate, Commencement (outdoors or indoors), and the All-Campus Picnic. (All other meals may be purchased at Lowry Center Dining Room.)

At what time does Commencement conclude?

Commencement on Monday typically lasts approximately 2.5 hours; therefore, the ceremony should conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.

What about gowns for graduating seniors?

Gowns were distributed at the beginning of the academic year and were worn by seniors at Convocation in August; these same gowns are to be worn by seniors at Commencement. If the original gown has been lost or destroyed, seniors will be required to purchase a replacement gown by contacting Loren Tooley in the College Bookstore; the cost for a replacement gown is $20.

The College will provide caps and tassels to all seniors at no charge, and these will be distributed in mid-April/early May.

What are the prices of meals for guests?

Meal prices for Lowry Center Dining Room are: breakfast $5.86; lunch $7.99; dinner $9.59. Corresponding prices for children (ages 2-11) are: $3.46; $6.00; and $6.00 (all taxes are included). Please note that there is no charge and tickets are not required for the All-Campus Picnic on Sunday, May 15.

Will the College be providing any transportation between local hotels and the campus on the day of Commencement?

The College will be providing a shuttle van service to and from Lowry Center on Monday, May 16. This service will be available to and from the following area hotels: Best Western, Days Inn, Econolodge, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Rodeway Inn. Shuttles will run every half hour, beginning at 8:00 a.m., with a final run tocampus at 9:30 a.m. Return shuttles to each designated location will depart from Lowry Center at half-hour intervals from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Guests will be dropped off and/or picked up at Lowry Center.

Please note that shuttle service is not available on Sunday, May 15.

Where will parking be available to guests during Commencement Weekend?

All on-campus parking lots will be open for guests on a first-come, first-served basis. On Monday, May 16, additional parking will be available at First Presbyterian Church, located at 621 College Avenue (two blocks south of campus). Shuttle van service will run on the half-hour between 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday,May 16.

Will the College be providing any transportation between the parking lots and the Commencement site for guests with disabilities or those otherwise in need of assistance?

On Sunday, May 15, courtesy golf carts and drivers will be available following Baccalaureate until 2:30 p.m.

On Monday, May 16, courtesy golf carts and drivers will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Ebert Art Center, Holden Hall, Lowry Center, Galpin-Taylor, and Wagner Hall parking lots to transport guests to Kauke Hall (or the Armington Physical Education Center, in case of rain). Courtesy golf carts and drivers will also be available following Commencement until 2:30 p.m.

Will any space be reserved at Commencement Weekend events for guests using wheelchairs?

During Baccalaureate and the Commencement Concert on Sunday, May 15, reserved seating will be available for guests using wheelchairs on the main floor of McGaw Chapel.

On Monday, May 16, individuals using wheelchairs can find comfortable seating at Kauke Hall. If Commencement is moved into the Armington Physical Education Center due to inclement weather, spaces will be reserved for guests using wheelchairs; ushers will be available to direct families to the appropriate section.

Whom should I contact with any further questions about Commencement Weekend 2016?

Please direct questions to Sally Whitman in the Office of the President (phone: 330-263-2313.