Please Note: Sterling College’s Commencement, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, has been postponed. Please view the latest updates at this page: 

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 need/ want guidelines, business casual and dressy casual would be appropriate for all Commencement Weekend events. 

When is the Commencement ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 16, at 9:45 a.m. 

Where is the Commencement ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony will take place on East Cooper Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved indoors to Gleason Physical Education Center. If the Commencement Ceremony is being moved indoors to Gleason Physical Education Center, a decision will be made by 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at which time, Sterling College will make an official announcement on the Sterling College website (; an email will be sent to all students and employees of Sterling College; flyers will be posted around the Sterling College campus; and a post will be shared on Twitter (@SterlingCLife) and Facebook (/Sterling College).

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?

Please refer to our Inclement Weather Plan.

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 has been reserved south of McCreery Hall and west of the Student Union. Please refer to our Campus Map for designated parking areas.

What is the seating arrangement for Baccalaureate? Commencement?

Baccalaureate will take place in Spencer Hall, Culbertson Auditorium. There will be reserved seating for faculty. The remaining seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Commencement will be outdoors, weather permitting, on the East Cooper Lawn. 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 July 31, 2020, pending no financial holds.

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 and 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. Students must pay their $100 graduation fee 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 Thursday, 9 a.m.– noon and 1-4 p.m.

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

The Sterling College Bookstore will be open the week of graduation, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. You may also shop online at