Congratulations on a job well done! Commencement 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.

Friday, April 29

Senior Picnic
The Student Development staff will host a picnic on Derthick lawn for graduates, faculty, and staff. All graduates are welcome to attend.
12:00 p.m
Commencement Rehearsal
Schools of Arts and Humanities; Bible and Ministry; Business and Technology
2:00 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal
Schools of Sciences and Allied Health; Social Sciences and Education
4:00 p.m.
Blessing Service
“Benediction: A Service of Blessing for Our Graduates,” a worship service led by faculty and students.
7:30 p.m.
(Tickets not required)

Saturday, April 30

Schools of Arts and Humanities; Bible and Ministry; Business and Technology
10:00 a.m.
(Line up at 9:30)
Schools of Sciences and Allied Health; Social Sciences and Education
2:00 p.m.
(Line up at 1:30)
Dining Hall
Lunch will be available for purchase in the McCormick Dining Center. Lunch offerings include a hot buffet, a salad bar, and a pizza bar. The price per adult is $8. Children ages 5-11 may eat for $4 each, and children ages 4 and under may eat for free.
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

More Information

COVID-19 Protocols

While we expect that commencement will proceed as planned, we will continue to monitor the pandemic and will practice whatever safety protocols are necessary.

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning March 30. The prices for regalia (plus tax) are as follows: Undergraduate: $46.95; Graduate $88.95; Doctoral $113.95. Graduation announcements and time/place cards are available in the bookstore for $9.99 plus tax (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.


At commencement rehearsal, graduates will receive 8 tickets for their assigned 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.

Students who do not plan to participate in the ceremony will not receive tickets.

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors for undergraduate students are calculated based on the anticipated cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring 2022 semester (Summa Cum Laude: 3.95 – 4.0, Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.94, Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.74)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. (Example: A GPA that appears as 3.75 in Self-Service might be a 3.749 on the official transcript.)

Honor cords will be distributed at commencement rehearsal.


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. An SFS representative will contact students with information regarding requirements for loan counseling. Students with questions may contact Will Grable ( or 423.461.8967) or Erica Stone ( or 423.975.8050).


Childcare 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.

Accessible Seating

To make arrangements for guests with special seating needs, contact Stacy Dahlman.

Online Streaming

The ceremony will be broadcast online at for friends and family members who are unable to attend.

Dining on Campus

Lunch will be available for purchase in the McCormick Dining Center from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. More information (lunch offerings, prices, etc.) will be available soon.

Location and More

For information about visiting campus, hotel accommodations or to view a campus map click here

Graduates with questions about any of the information provided above may contact Stacy Dahlman, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Registrar