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, December 14, 2018

          Commencement rehearsal, 3-4:30 p.m.

Commencement, 7:00 p.m.
(line up at 6:30 p.m.)


Tickets are not required for December commencement. Feel free to invite family and friends.


Child Care

Child care will be provided free of charge in the Runner classroom (downstairs on the mid-level, room 200). Parents of young children are encouraged to take advantage of this service.


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.

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. Students may order a DVD at or at the table in Seeger lobby on the day of the ceremony. Online streaming is available at

Accessible Seating

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

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

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

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors for undergraduate students are computed based on the anticipated cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall 2017 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 8? Only students who have met all obligations (parking tickets, financial, academic, testing, library, etc.) receive diplomas.  Please check with the appropriate offices by December 1.


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.