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Commencement Celebration


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Congratulations on a job well done! This is your time to celebrate with your friends and family. You are forever a part of the Milligan community. Together, we look forward to seeing the college’s mission lived out in your lives.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

          Commencement rehearsal, 2–3:15 p.m., Friday, May 5
(School of Arts and Humanities; School of Bible and Ministry; School of Business and Technology)

Commencement rehearsal, 4–5:15 p.m., Friday, May 5
(School of Sciences and Allied Health; School of Social Sciences and Education)

Blessing service (all students; see below), 7:30–8:30 p.m., Friday, May 5

Commencement,10–11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6
(School of Arts and Humanities; School of Bible and Ministry; School of Business and Technology)

Commencement, 2–3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6
(School of Sciences and Allied Health; School of Social Sciences and Education)

— Rehearsals are required —

Tickets

At commencement rehearsal, each graduate will receive nine tickets for his or her commencement ceremony. Ticket holders may enter the chapel at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 ceremony and at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 ceremony. Ticket holders will not be allowed to save seats for non-ticket holders, but doors will open for general seating at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Guests who are unable to find seats in the chapel may watch a live broadcast in the Gregory Center theatre.

Weekend Events

Friday noon events:

The Student Development staff will host a picnic (location TBA) for graduates and faculty at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5. All graduates are welcome to attend. At the same time, Emmanuel Christian Seminary will host a luncheon for seminary graduates at noon in the Thompson Center.

Blessing Service:

All graduates, families, faculty, and staff 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 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, in Seeger Chapel. Tickets are not required.

Dining hall on Saturday:

The McCormick Dining Center will serve lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. 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 in the Runner classroom (downstairs on the mid-level) during both commencement ceremonies and the blessing service. Parents of young children are encouraged to take advantage of this service.

Dress

Seeger Memorial Chapel (Mary B. Martin Auditorium) is the location for the events listed above. Students should wear everyday attire for commencement rehearsal and graduation regalia (cap and gown) for the commencement ceremony. Attendees for the Blessing Service will be most comfortable in Sunday worship attire.

Directions to Milligan

Please refer to our Visit page for information on getting to Milligan, local accommodations, and regional airports.

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DVDs and Online Streaming

DVDs of each commencement ceremony will be available for $25. Students may order a DVD at mcstampede.wix.com/milligancollegestore.
Both ceremonies will be broadcast online at www.milligan.edu/streaming.

Accessible Seating

To make arrangements for guests with special seating needs, contact Stacy Dahlman using the contact
information below.

Child Care

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

Info for Graduates

Download an Information Sheet »

Download a list of majors by School »

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning March 29. The price (plus tax) for undergraduate regalia is $39.95; the price for graduate regalia is $79.95, and the price for doctoral regalia is $99.95. A hood is included in the regalia price for graduate and doctoral 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.

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors for undergraduate students are computed based on the anticipated cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall 2016 semester (Summa Cum Laude: 3.95 – 4.0, Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.94, Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.74).

Diplomas

Who receives a diploma at Commencement?

Who receives a diploma on December 9? Only students who have met all obligations (parking tickets, financial, academic, testing, library, etc.) receive diplomas.  Please check with the appropriate offices by December 2.

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 Presnell, Office Manager for Teacher Education, at kpresnell@milligan.edu or 423.461.8927.

Federal Loan Counseling Information

Students enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs who borrowed federal loans are
required to complete federal loan counseling. A Student Financial Services representative will
contact students with information regarding requirements for loan counseling. Students with
questions may contact Kimberly Harness at 423.975.8050 or Amanda Sheppard 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 2017 semester. (Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.74; Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.94; Summa Cum Laude:
3.95 – 4.0). Students will receive their honor cords at commencement rehearsal.

Release of Diplomas

Only students who have met all obligations (parking tickets, financial, academic, testing, library, etc.)
receive diplomas.