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Commencement Celebration


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 university’s mission lived out in your lives.

We are extremely proud of our graduates and have been working for several months to determine the best way to help them celebrate their successes with their classmates and families while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We have had a team of faculty and staff, with input from graduates, identify the following plan. We will have four small commencement ceremonies in Seeger Chapel in early December, celebrating May, July, and December 2020 graduates. Stringent COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Commencement 7:00 p.m.
M.Ed., Ed.D., MSC
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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Commencement 10:00 a.m.
MAH, MBA, MSIS, Seminary
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Commencement 2:00 p.m.
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Friday, December 11, 2020

Commencement 7:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Students
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Seeger Memorial Chapel (Mary B. Martin Auditorium) is the location for the events listed above. Students will meet in Walker Auditorium (Lower Seeger) 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Confirmation of Participation

Students scheduled to walk in December confirmed their intention to participate in the ceremony during online check-in (or on an intention to graduate form) and will not be required to register for a ceremony.

Students who would have walked in May will receive an email survey from the Registrar’s Office asking them to confirm their participation in the commencement ceremony. Only May graduates who confirm their intention to participate will be included in the ceremony.


Each participant will receive four tickets by mail. Only ticket holders may attend. Ticket holders may enter the chapel at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 ceremonies, at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 ceremony, and at 6:00 p.m. for the 7:00 ceremonies.

COVID-19 Protocols

Masks will be required for all attendees. Only ticket holders may attend. Family groups may sit together, and groups of seats will be marked for social distancing. Facilities will be cleaned and sanitized between services, and all elements of the service will be adjusted to ensure safety. Representative faculty from each program will be present, but there will not be a full faculty delegation.

We regret that we will not be to able provide child care based on safety concerns related to the pandemic.

Milligan’s on-campus portion of the semester ends Nov. 24, so the campus will have very limited activity at the time of the ceremonies.

Directions to Milligan

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

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Online Streaming

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 at srdahlman@milligan.edu or 423.461.8681.

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel for undergraduate students/cap, gown, tassel, and hood for graduate students) will be available in the bookstore beginning November 13. The price (plus tax) for undergraduate regalia is $46.95; the price for graduate regalia is $88.95, and the price for doctoral regalia is $113.95.

Graduation announcements and time/place cards are available in the bookstore for $9.99 plus tax per package of five.

All graduates should wear their caps, gowns, and tassels to the ceremony. Graduate students should bring their hoods to the ceremony and carry them in the graduation line. Graduate program directors will hood the students as they cross the stage.

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors are computed based on the anticipated cumulative undergraduate grade point average at the end of the spring 2020 semester. (Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.74; Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.94; Summa Cum Laude: 3.95 – 4.0). Honors calculations are based on the cumulative GPA from the official transcript, which is truncated at the thousandths place. (The GPA on the student transcript in Self-Service is truncated at the hundredths place.)

May graduates may wear their honor cords (undergraduate students) and any honor society cords or medallions that they received in the spring. Undergraduate students completing their degrees in December will receive their honor cords when lining up before the ceremony.


December graduates who have met all graduation requirements will receive their diplomas at the ceremony. May graduates have already received their diplomas and will receive a black document holder and letter as they cross the stage. May graduates do not need to bring their diplomas to the ceremony.

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

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 Amanda Sheppard at 423.461.8967 or Erica Stone at 423.975.8050.