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.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Schools of Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business & Technology

Schools of Sciences & Allied Health, Social Sciences & Education

— Rehearsals are required on Friday, May 6. See full schedule below. —


May 6

12 noon GRADUATE PICNIC: Hosted by Student Development
Open to graduates & faculty
Sword Commons
12 noon SEMINARY PICNIC: All seminary graduates and faculty Thompson Community Center
2-3:15 pm COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL: Schools of Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business & Technology Seeger Chapel
 4-5:15 pm COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL: Schools of Sciences & Allied Health, Social Sciences & Education  Seeger Chapel
7:30 pm BLESSING SERVICE. A worship service led by faculty and students. Open to all graduates, families, faculty, and staff. No ticket required. Seeger Chapel

May 7

10-11:30 am

Schools of Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business & Technology

Seeger Chapel
11 am – 2 pm LUNCH: Hot buffet, salad bar, pizza bar, deli bar
$6/adult; $3/children age 5-10; Free/children age 0-4
McCormick Dining Center
12-12:30 noon

SENIOR CLASS PRESENTATION & PHOTO: Graduates & Faculty only. All graduating seniors will join together for an official celebration and senior class photo with faculty. This is your opportunity for all seniors to be together in regalia for a quick class celebration and pic.

Seeger Chapel
2-3:30 pm

Schools of Sciences & Allied Health, Social Sciences & Education

Seeger Chapel


4 pm
TEACHER EDUCATION CELEBRATION – All graduate students are invited to attend; MEd research will be presented and MEd recognitions will be announced. Derthick 202
11 am
AWARDS CONVO Seeger Chapel
6 pm
NURSING PINNING CEREMONY – This event is for BSN graduates and their guests. Seeger Chapel
FRI, May 6
5 pm
MSOT PINNING CEREMONY – This event is for Dec 2016 MSOT graduates and their guests. Students will complete field work rotations in summer and fall for December graduation. Gregory Center


Helpful Information


At commencement rehearsal, each graduate will receive nine tickets for his or her 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 should wear everyday attire for commencement rehearsal and graduation regalia (cap and gown) for the commencement ceremony. Attendees for the Blessing Service and 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 each commencement ceremony will be available for $25. Students may order a DVD at

Both ceremonies will be broadcast online at

Accessible Seating

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

Child Care

Child care will be provided free of charge in Seeger 200 (music classroom on lower level) during both commencement ceremonies and the blessing service. Parents of young children are encouraged to take advantage of this service.

Info for Graduates

Rehearsal and Commencement



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Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning March 31. 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.

Emmanuel Christian Seminary students purchased their regalia as part of their graduation fee deposit and will not be charged when picking up regalia in the bookstore.

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 2016 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.


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 at least a week before Commencement.

Teacher Licensure

Students seeking teacher licensure will complete an application for Tennessee teacher licensure during EDUC 460 or 560, Capstone Seminar. Questions concerning teacher licensure should be directed to Karen Hill, Office Manager for Teacher Education, at or 423.461.8927.

Required Loan Counseling Session

Students enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs 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 spring semester.  An SFS representative will contact students with information regarding the dates and times for each session. Students with questions may contact Kimberly Harness at 423.975.8050 or Amanda Sheppard at 423.461.8967.