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, May 10, 2019

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

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

Blessing service, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

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

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

— Rehearsals are required


At commencement rehearsal, each graduate will receive eight tickets for his or her commencement ceremony. (Students who do not plan to participate in the ceremony will not receive tickets.) 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.

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.


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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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) will be available in the bookstore beginning March 27. The price (plus tax) for undergraduate regalia is $42.95; the price for graduate regalia is $82.95, and the price for doctoral regalia is $102.95. 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 are computed based on the anticipated cumulative undergraduate grade point average at the end of the spring 2019 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. 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.)


Who receives a diploma at Commencement?

Only students who have met all obligations (parking tickets, financial, academic, testing, library, etc.) receive diplomas. Please check with the appropriate offices no later than one week before Commencement.

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.