noun · [kəˈmensmənt]
the end of one thing, the start of something new.
ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French, from the verb commencer.
Commencement ceremonies at Emory & Henry College have been moved indoors due to predicted inclement weather. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 in the King Center Gymnasium.
Potential thunderstorms and heavy rain have prompted college officials to make the decision to move the event inside, rather than on the lawn of the Memorial Chapel as previously planned.
Due to limited seating in the King Center, guests are required to have a ticket to attend the event at the rain location. Each graduating student has been allotted five tickets for the event.
Those individuals unable to watch the event in the King Center are invited to watch a live stream on campus at either Memorial Chapel or Wiley Hall Auditorium. The live stream can be accessed on your smartphone or desktop computer by visiting ehc.edu/live.
There are important differences between commencement and graduation with which you should be familiar.
Commencement refers to the ceremony — officiated by the President of the College — where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the College, Board of Trustees, senior administrators, and faculty to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree.
The Commencement ceremony features the academic processional, remarks from the President, a keynote address, and the calling of your name, upon which you will proceed across the stage and receive your diploma.
Graduation, on the other hand, is a three-step process consisting of completing a graduation audit form, completing all academic requirements for your degree, and settling all financial obligations. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation.
If you are planning to graduate and you received financial aid assistance, please be sure to review the Graduates Financial Aid page for more information on finalizing your exit.