Taylor University Commencement

May 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Kesler Student Activities Center

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The Commencement Ceremony

  • Seating

    NO TICKETS REQUIRED. Ample seating is available in the Kesler Student Activities Center arena.

  • Hearing Impaired Assistance

    Sign language interpreters are available by pre-arrangement. Please contact Donna Boatwright if you will need a Sign Language Interpreter.

  • Entry
    Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Photographs
    A professional photograph will be taken of each graduate as he/she receives their diploma from the President, and will be provided digitally by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations to the graduate’s Taylor University e-mail address at no charge. During the ceremony there will also be a designed photo area; however families and friends should alleviate crowding by photographing their graduate quickly and immediately exiting the photo area. For guest safety, no tripods may be set up in aisles, doorways or walkways.
  • Duration
    Expect the ceremony to last approximately two and one-half hours from the processional until the end of the recessional.
  • Campus Store/Flowers
    For the convenience of graduates and guests, the Campus Store will operate a satellite in The Well in the Kesler Student Activities Center on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Campus Store in the Boren Campus Center will be open 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for sale of University items, diploma frames and other items. Questions regarding picking the Campus Store should be directed to Stephen Richardson at 765-998-5216.

    A large and beautiful selection of fresh floral bouquets will be available to browse and purchase on the day of Commencement.
  • DVD
    Copies of the Commencement ceremony on DVD or BluRay may be ordered by contacting Tammy Armstrong at 765-998-4696 for $35.00 each.
  • Handicapped Parking
    Parking for those with special needs will be available in the north parking lot adjacent to the Kesler Student Activities Center until 9:30 a.m. The vehicle must display either a license plate or hang tag indicating disability. Questions regarding parking should be directed to Campus Police at 765-998-5395.
  • Shuttle Service
    Vans will shuttle graduates and guests from outlying lots to the KSAC and return them following the ceremony. Each lot will be color-coded.
  • Cap and Gowns
    Seniors participating in Commencement should order a cap and gown online no later than April 11. Cap and gowns must be picked up at the Taylor University Campus Store on Wednesday, May 17  between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Friday, May 19 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Honors regalia, for those who qualify, should be included in your cap and gown packet; commencement honors and regalia are determined based on your cumulative grade point average (GPA) following Interterm 2016 grades. Please note that degree transcript/diploma) honors is based on your cumulative GPA at time of degree conferral. Questions regarding picking up your cap and gown should be directed to Stephen Richardson at 765-998-5216. Issues related to ordering your cap and gown should be sent to Patrick Cavazo or Vince Small.
  • In Absentia
    Students planning to complete a degree between December 2016 through Summer 2017 are expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony (unless s/he has already participated in Commencement for that degree). However, as circumstances do arise that prevent participation in Commencement, if you are unable to attend Commencement, you must email Vince Small, no later than April 30, to inform him that you are unable to attend and the reason why you are unable to attend the ceremony.
  • Senior Dinner
    Taylor University Dining Services will host a Senior Dinner for all seniors and their guests on Friday, May 19, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., in the Hodson Dining Commons. Advance buffet tickets may be purchased until Friday, May 12. The cost for advance tickets is $12.00 per adult, $6.00 per child (ages 3-11), and children 2 and under are free with paying adult. Tickets purchased after May 12 will be $15 per adult and $9 per child and are non-refundable. Non-graduating Taylor University students with a valid meal plan may use his or her meal plan to eat in the Commons for dinner. Each graduate will receive his or her own complimentary ticket. Do not include your Taylor student(s) in your reservations. Tickets may be picked up in the main office of Hodson Dining Commons on Friday, May 19 after 2 p.m. If you prefer to have your tickets mailed to your home, please add $1 for postage. All ticket purchases are non-refundable after May 12. Questions and ticket orders should be directed to Sherri Heinzen at 765-998-5296.We accept most major credit cards for yout ticket purchases.
  • Senior Program
    Following the Senior Dinner on Friday, May 19, there will be a Senior Program at 7:30 p.m. in Odle Arena. This is for all seniors and their guests. Members of the senior class plan this event which will include praise and worship as well as remarks by members of the senior class, faculty, and staff. All are invited to this program; there is no charge. Questions regarding the senior program should be directed to Office of Alumni Relations at 765-998-5170.
  • Breakfast and Lunch on day of Commencement
    The Hodson Dining Commons will serve breakfast and lunch on the day of Commencement. Meal cards of graduating seniors will be honored. Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. The cost for breakfast will be $5.75 per adult and $2.95 for children under 12. Lunch will be available immediately following Commencement for 1 hour (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.). Lunch will be $7.95 per adult and $4.00 for children for under 12. Both meals can be paid for with debit/credit cards and/or cash. No reservations are required. Questions regarding the meals should be directed to Sherri Heinzen at 765-998-5296.

    The Hostess House in Marion, Indiana (approximately 15 miles from Taylor University) will offer lunch after Commencement by reservation only at 765-664-3755. A buffet will be served for $15.00/person, including drink. Visit www.hostesshouse.org for more info.
  • Vacating Residence Halls
    Graduating seniors must check out and vacate by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Undergraduates must check-out within 24 hours of last exam or by 10:00 a.m.

    on Saturday, May 20. Those approved to participate in Commencement as a musician; flag, banner, or mace carrier; usher/host or student marshal must check out by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 and vacate by 4:00 p.m. (Specifically, a student must check out of his/her room -- meaning that room is clean and in order and most items have been moved either to storage or to a vehicle prior to 10:00 a.m. Then, following Commencement, students may go back to their room, quickly change and collect their last few belongings, and vacate their room.) Questions regarding residence halls should be directed to your hall director or Lori Slater at 765-998-5371 or lrslater@tayloru.edu.