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.

Watch for more information on December Commencement 2021.



Each graduate will receive four tickets for the ceremony at TVA Credit Union Ballpark. Students who do not plan to participate in commencement will not receive tickets. Ticket holders may enter the stadium at 9:00 a.m. Based on COVID constraints, only ticket holders may attend, and extra tickets are not available. The ceremony will be streamed online at


Each graduate will receive two tickets for the rain plan ceremonies in Seeger Memorial Chapel (Mary B. Martin Auditorium). Students who do not plan to participate in commencement will not receive tickets. Ticket holders may enter the chapel one hour before each ceremony begins. Based on COVID constraints, only ticket holders may attend, and extra tickets will not be available. The ceremonies will be streamed online at


Undergraduate students will pick up their tickets in the Registrar’s Office (Derthick Hall, Room 103) on or after April 1 unless they request that their tickets be mailed. (Contact Stacy Dahlman at

Graduate students will receive their tickets by mail on or after April 1.

COVID-19 Protocols

Masks will be required for all attendees. Family groups may sit together, and groups of seats will be marked for physical distancing. All elements of the service will be adjusted to ensure safety. For the rain plan ceremonies, facilities will be cleaned and sanitized between services.

We regret that we are unable to provide childcare based on pandemic-related safety concerns.


TVA Credit Union Ballpark is located 3.5 miles from Milligan’s campus. The address is: 111 Legion Street, Johnson City, TN 37601

Please refer to our Visit page for information on getting to Milligan, local accommodations, and regional airports.

Online Streaming

Both ceremonies will be broadcast online at

Accessible Seating

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

Friday Picnic

The Student Development staff will host a picnic (location TBA) for graduates and faculty at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30. All graduates are welcome to attend.

Graduation Regalia and Announcements

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) will be available in the bookstore beginning April 9. The price (plus tax) for undergraduate regalia is $46.95; the price for graduate regalia is $88.95, and the price for doctoral regalia is $113.95. A hood is included in the regalia set for graduate
and doctoral students.

Graduation announcements and time/place cards are available in the bookstore for $8.99 plus tax per 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.

Honors (Undergraduate students only)

Honors are computed based on the anticipated cumulative undergraduate grade point average at the end of the spring 2021 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 when they pick up their tickets in the Registrar’s Office. 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.)


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.  A Student Financial Services 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).