What do I wear to Commencement Weekend events?

We do not have a dress code for Commencement Weekend events. We want you to be comfortable. For those of you who want guidelines, business casual would be appropriate for all Commencement Weekend events.

When is the Commencement ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 6, at 9:45 a.m.

Where is the Commencement ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony will take place in the Gleason Physical Education Center.

When do guests need to be in their seats for Commencement ceremony?

We encourage guests to be seated by 9:30 a.m. for the Commencement ceremony.

What if it’s raining or snowing?

The ceremony is indoors.

Where can I park Friday and Saturday for Graduation Weekend events?

We have reserved the parking lots north of Kelsey Hall, north of the Student Union, and east of Gleason Physical Education Center for Commencement Weekend guests. Dollar General has also offered their parking lot as additional space for our guests. Handicap Accessible parking will be available at Gleason Physical Education Center. Please refer to our Campus Map for designated parking areas.

What is the seating arrangement for Baccalaureate? Commencement?

We are not having a Baccalaureate service this year. Commencement will be indoors. Certain seating will be reserved for graduates and faculty. The remaining seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Do graduates receive diplomas on Commencement Weekend?

No, Graduates will receive their diploma by mail no later than September 15 of the graduating year, pending no financial holds and the correct mailing address is on file in the Registrar Office.

Can I get professional photos of my graduate?

Yes. Sundquist Photography will be taking photos of your graduate. A few days after the ceremony, you may go to the Sundquist Photography Website (https://art.hhimagehost.com/V2/Home/Index) to find the link to the photos and information on purchasing.

When do I pick up my cap and gown?

Cap and gown distribution takes place the week of graduation. Undergraduate students must pay their $100 graduation fee/$150 for graduate students to the Business Office before picking up their cap and gown. Students may go to the Registrar’s Office in Kelsey Hall to pick up their items Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1-4 p.m.

I want to buy Sterling College gear. Where can I do so?

The Sterling College Warrior Wearhouse, Union location, will be open the week of Commencement, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

The Warrior Wearhouse, Gleason location, will be open 8:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday, May 6.