Tickets and Seating

Guests are welcome to attend Baccalaureate Vespers and Commencement Exercises and the receptions following these events. Our priority is to accommodate our graduates and their families and guests.

A ticket is not required for Baccalaureate; however, seating in Gaines Chapel is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

A ticket is not required for Commencement in our outdoor location, Presser Quadrangle; however, in the event of severe weather, tickets are required for seating in Gaines Chapel. In both locations seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are not permitted to hold seats in either location. Strollers are not permitted in the seating areas. Guests who require accessibility accommodations should complete the accommodation request form by April 25. 

Inclement Weather

Commencement exercises will take place on the Presser Quadrangle, rain or shine, unless severe weather requires the ceremony to be moved to protect the safety of graduates and their guests. Graduates and their families should monitor the college's website for updates prior to start of Commencement.

Severe Weather Tickets

Each graduating senior who completes the Ringing the Bell survey will receive three (3) severe weather tickets for their family members and guests. In the event that the severe weather plan is activated, only guests with tickets will be admitted into Gaines Chapel. Information regarding the Ringing the Bell survey and ticket pick-up will be sent to graduates on April 25; the survey must be completed by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. For questions about the survey, please contact Corey Dunn, director of institutional research, at Severe weather tickets for graduating seniors will be distributed by the Office of the Dean of Students. Final ticket distribution will be at Commencement Rehearsal on May 9 at 4 p.m. 

Livestream and Video Options

Commencement will be telecast in several indoor locations on campus. No tickets are required, and seating is first-come, first-served. It will also be livestreamed for family and friends who are not able to come to campus in person. The link for live streaming will be available on the college’s website. The Commencement speech will be available on YouTube on Sunday, May 13.