- Commencement / Graduation
Taylor University Commencement
May 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Kesler Student Activities Center
Webcast begins 15 minutes (9:45AM) before the start of the commencement ceremony.
Please check out our maps and directions page for area information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you will need a Sign Language Interpreter. Please make requests by March 27, 2015.
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.
Rehearsal: Friday, May 22, 1:30 p.m., Kesler Student Activities Center. Graduates will be given instruction regarding their seating, order of march, and other important information.
Senior Dinner: Friday, May 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Hodson Dining Commons. Taylor University Dining Services will host a dinner buffet for graduates and their guests 5:00-7:00 p.m., Hodson Dining Commons. Advance buffet tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 1, 2014, and may be purchased until Friday, May 15. The cost for advance tickets is $12.00 per adult, $6.00 children 11 through 3 and children 2 and under are free. Tickets purchased after May 15 will be $15 per adult and $9 per child and non-refundable. Non-graduating Taylor University students with a valid meal plan may use his or her meal plan if the meal ticket number is provided to Dining Services by May 15.
Ticket purchases can be made by contacting Penny Mitchener at email@example.com or 765-998-5296. 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 lobby of Hodson Dining Commons on Friday, May 22, 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 15, 2014.
Senior Program: Friday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., Odle Arena. Members of the senior class plan this event that will include remarks by members of the senior class, praise and worship, a senior slideshow and a challenge to the class. All are invited; no charge.
Caps and Gowns for Graduates: All candidates for graduation have received information by e-mail from Herff-Jones concerning their required regalia for Commencement. Students must reserve their regalia online at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation before March 27.
Announcements and Memorabilia: Announcements engraved with the University seal and personalized with the student’s name, degree, major, etc. and other memorabilia are also available at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation through March 27.
Campus Store: 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 23, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Campus Store in the Student Union will be open 6:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. for sale of University items, diploma frames, and other items.
DVD’s: Copies of the Commencement ceremony on DVD or BluRay may be ordered by contacting Susan Shanks at 765-998-5255 or firstname.lastname@example.org for $35 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.
Shuttle Service: Vans will shuttle graduates and others from outlying lots to the KSAC and return them following the ceremony. Each lot will be color-coded.