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Commencement rehearsal
(all students)

3:00 pm, Friday, May 9

(ADCP, CIS-M, MBA, and MEd)

7:00 pm, Friday, May 9

Blessing Service
(all students)
10:00 am, Saturday, May 10

(Traditional undergraduate programs)

2:00 pm, Saturday, May 10

*All commencement activies will take place in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel.


Students participating in the Saturday commencement ceremony will receive five tickets. Tickets will be distributed at commencement rehearsal. Ticket holders may enter the chapel beginning at 1:00 pm (We ask that ticket holders not save seats for non-ticket holders.) At 1:45 pm, doors will open for general seating. Guests who are unable to find seats in the chapel may watch a live broadcast in the Gregory Center theatre.

Tickets are not required for the Friday commencement ceremony.

Weekend Events

Picnic and Pictures
The Alumni Relations, Spiritual Life, and Student Development staff will host a picnic on the Derthick commons for graduates and faculty at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 9. All graduates are welcome to attend. A class photo will be taken on the steps of Seeger at the beginning of commencement rehearsal. Graduates providing Milligan with a current email address will receive the link for the digital photo.

Blessing Service
All graduates, families, and faculty are invited and encouraged to attend "Benediction: A Service of Blessing for Our Graduates," a worship service led by faculty and students. The service will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 10, in Seeger Chapel. Tickets are not required.

Dining Hall on Saturday
The McCormick Dining Center will serve lunch from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 10. Lunch offerings include a hot buffet, a salad bar, a pizza bar, and a deli bar. The price per adult is $6.00. Children ages five through ten may eat for $3.00 each, and children ages four and under may eat for free.

Child Care

Child care will be provided free of charge during both commencement ceremonies in the music classroom (Seeger 200). Parents of young children are encouraged to take advantage of this service.

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning March 26. 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 per package of five.

DVDs and Online Streaming

DVDs of each commencement ceremony will be available for $25. Students will receive the order form via email. Forms will also be available at commencement rehearsal and in Seeger lobby during each ceremony.

Both ceremonies will also be broadcast online at

Loan Counseling Sessions

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 spring semester. An SFS representative will contact students with information regarding the dates and times for each session. Students with questions may contact Penny Gindlesperger at 423.975.8050 or Lauren Tomlinson at 423.461.8967.

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors are computed based on the anticipated cumulative undergraduate grade point average at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.

Release of Diplomas

Only students who have met all obligations (parking tickets, financial, academic, testing, library, etc.) receive diplomas. Please check with the appropriate offices by May 1.

Teacher Licensure

Students seeking teacher licensure will complete a licensure application in EDUC 460 or 560, Capstone Seminar. Questions concerning teacher licensure should be directed to Karen Hill, Office Manager for Teacher Education, in the Clark Education Center. (423.461.8927 or

Accessible Seating

To make arrangements for guests with special seating needs, email or call 423-461-8681.

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