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 college’s mission lived out in your lives.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Graduation rehearsal: 3 p.m. (will end by 4:30 p.m.)

Commencement: 7 p.m. (line up at 6:30 p.m.)

— Rehearsals are required —


Students should wear everyday attire for commencement rehearsal and graduation regalia (cap and gown) for the commencement ceremony. Attendees for Commencement 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 the commencement ceremony will be available for $25 at, 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.

Accessible Seating

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

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

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Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning October 21. 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 2016 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 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 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.