Students share the excitement of graduation, especially Alissa Jones.

For Graduates

Commencement will be held Saturday May 5, at 10 am
Baccalaureate will be held Friday May 4, 5 pm

Caps and Gowns

There is no additional fee for your cap and gown! Make sure you have ordered one through the E&H Bookstore (The Merc).

Graduation Announcements and Rings

You may order announcements through the E&H Bookstore (The Merc). The Josten’s representative is due to be on campus in the bookstore on Feb. 27, 2018

Graduation Rehearsal

Thursday, May 3, Lawn of Memorial Chapel (Rain: King Center Gym)
Undergrads: 4 pm
Masters Students: 5:15 pm

Rehearsal is required if you plan to march on Saturday. It is also a great chance to make sure your name is pronounced correctly, that your hood is the right color, and that you have all the cords you deserve. Faculty Marshall, Dr. Rebecca Buchanan, will explain commencement procession details.


Friday, May 4, 4 p.m, Memorial Chapel

Students and faculty will march in together and should gather in front of Kelly Library by 3:30 pm to receive instructions for lining up. 

Dress: Students are asked to wear graduation gowns, and should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. Neither hoods nor mortarboards are worn at Baccalaureate.


Saturday, May 5, 2018 10 a.m. Lawn of Memorial Chapel
(Rain Location, King Center Gym)

Commencement Location

Commencement will be held on the lawn of Memorial Chapel. Should there be inclement weather, our rain location will be the King Center Gymnasium. A decision about rain will likely be made very early Saturday morning and notices will be sent via cell phone and LiveSafe. There will also be information on this page.

Traffic and Parking

Reserved parking for guests with disabilities will be available at the Memorial Chapel parking lot. All other parking lots will be open for guests. Because Commencement is held outdoors, automobile traffic through the campus will be restricted beginning at 9:45 a.m. After this time, campus traffic will be directed to the east entrance (near the King Center).

Seating for Guests

Nearly 2000 seats will be placed on the lawn, but guests are welcome to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating on the perimeter.


Graduates are asked to wear caps, gowns, hoods, cords and medallions. Grads should also dress appropriately under regalia, paying special attention to shoes. Mortarboards are to be worn squared, not tilted, with the tassel on the right side (tassels will be moved to the left during the ceremony). Men traditionally remove caps for ceremony. Women traditionally do not. 

Lining up

Graduates (undergraduate and graduate) should line up in front of Van Dyke Center by 9 am. Graduates should immediate check in with the registrar’s office to receive a number: anyone who is not checked in will not have their name read at graduation. Graduate students should wear gowns: hoods will be presented during ceremonies. Undergrads should wear gowns and caps and hoods: members of the E&H Alumni Association will be on hand to help with robing. 

In Case of Rain

Commencement ceremonies will be moved into the King Center Gymnasium in case of inclement weather. Seniors will gather in the weight room by 9 am to dress and line up. The Registrar’s table will be in the hallway near the pool.

Because of limited seating in the gym, tickets will be necessary to insure that every graduate has at room for at least a few guests. Each graduate will get 4 tickets, and tickets will be mailed to home addresses in advance “just in case.” We will make every effort to hold commencement exercises outside.

Rain or shine, the ceremonies will be live-broadcast online and also on campus. Anyone who wishes to be out of the elements for any reason, may watch the ceremony in the comfort of seats in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts or Wiley Hall Auditorium. Tickets are not required for seating in these areas.


At the graduation ceremony you will receive your actual diploma from the President. 


Guests are welcome to take photos and videotape the ceremony. A professional photographer will be at the event to photograph each and every graduate as diplomas are received. A print of this photo will be mailed to grads after commencement.


Only service animals are allowed at commencement.

Be Our Guest for Lunch

To celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018, E&H is honored to have you and your graduation party as our guests for lunch in the Van Dyke Dining Hall. Lunch will be available immediately following the morning ceremony (we usually conclude by 12:30 pm) and the dining hall will be open until 2 pm. In order to have enough food, we need to know if you are planning to attend, and roughly how many will be in your party. Respond by May 1 to