Student with diploma at commencement.

For Graduates

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).

Graduation Rehearsal

Rehearsal is required if you plan to march in Commencement. 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 Marshal, Dr. Rebecca Buchanan, will explain commencement procession details.

You will be able to pick up your hoods and some cords at rehearsal.


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.  In the event of rain, students will gather in the Fellowship Hall of Memorial Chapel. 

Dress: Students are asked to wear cap, gown, and hoods (master students won’t receive hoods until Saturday).  Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia.


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, hood, cords and medallions (masters students receive hoods at commencement). 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 the 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 immediately 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 ensure that every graduate has room for at least a few guests. Each graduate will get 5 tickets. We will make every effort to hold commencement exercises outside.

Rain or shine, the ceremonies will be live streamed online and also on campus. Tickets are not required for seating in these areas. Van Dyke Center will be available for live stream viewing of overflow guests. 


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 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 graduating class, 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.