Commencement: December 12, 2014

Commencement Ceremony

December 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Memorial Chapel

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DVDs and Online Streaming

DVDs of the commencement ceremony will be available for $25. Order forms will be distributed at commencement rehearsal, and an order table will be set up in Seeger lobby on the day of the ceremony. Online streaming will be available at for friends and family members who are unable to attend.

Special Seating

To make arrangements for guests with special needs, contact Stacy Tramel at 423.461.8681 or

Child Care

Child care will be provided during the commencement ceremony in the music classroom (Seeger 200), located on the lower level of Seeger Memorial Chapel.

Info for Graduates

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Rehearsal and Commencement

Commencement Rehearsal

  • 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Seeger Chapel
  • Everyday attire

Commencement Ceremony

  • Line up at 6:30 p.m.
  • Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
  • Full graduation regalia
  • Tickets are not required for December commencement. Feel free to invite family and friends.
  • Child care will be provided during the commencement ceremony in the music classroom (Seeger 200).

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning October 24. The price for undergraduate regalia is $39.95 plus tax; the price for graduate regalia is $79.95 plus tax. A hood is included in the regalia price for graduate students and will be presented at the commencement ceremony. Graduation announcements and time/place cards are available in the bookstore for $8.99 plus tax (package of five).

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors for undergraduate students are computed based on the anticipated cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall 2014 semester (Summa Cum Laude: 3.95 – 4.0, Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.94, Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.74).


Who receives a diploma on December 12?

Only students who have met all obligations (parking tickets, financial, academic, testing, library, etc.) receive diplomas. Please check with the appropriate offices by December 5.

Teacher Licensure

Students seeking teacher licensure will complete an application for Tennessee teacher licensure during EDUC 460/560, Capstone Seminar. If you have questions concerning the application process, contact Karen Hill, Office Manager for Teacher Education, at or 423.461.8927.

Required Loan Counseling Session

All traditional undergraduate students who borrowed federal loans are required to attend a loan counseling session. The Student Financial Services Office will offer two sessions before the end of the fall semester. An SFS representative will contact students with information regarding the dates and times of these Exit Interview Counseling sessions.

Duard Walker

Duard Walker ('48)Commencement will feature keynote speaker Duard Walker, a Milligan icon, on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Having just turned 90 years old, Walker served in numerous capacities for 50 years on campus as a legendary coach, administrator, teacher, and dormitory supervisor. During WWII, Walker even served in the Navy V-12 Program on Milligan’s campus.

In 1986, Walker was given Milligan’s Fide et Amore award, the college’s highest acknowledgement of service.

Upon his retirement from Milligan in 2001, Sports Illustrated Magazine featured Walker, who coached nearly every sport in the athletics program. The Appalachian Athletic Conference’s All-Sports Trophy for the most successful athletics program also bears his name.