Graduation Class Standing in Line at Commencement while Wearing Masks.

Taylor University Commencement

May 15, 2021

Thank you for your patience as we have navigated these unprecedented days. Plans are now in place to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021. See information below.

For the care of those attending Commencement and related events at Taylor University, and due to the strong likelihood that social distancing will be difficult to maintain in the various event venues, all attendees are expected to wear a mask to all indoor gatherings. Members of vulnerable populations are strongly urged to view the Commencement ceremony online.

May 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Kesler Student Activities Center

Webcast begins 15 minutes (9:45 a.m.) before the start of the Commencement ceremony.

Please check out our maps and directions page for area information.

Student Information

Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns will be available for pick up at the Campus Store on Wednesday, May 12, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Commencement honors and regalia are determined based on your cumulative grade point average (GPA) following J-Term 2021 grades. Please note that degree transcript/diploma honors are based on your cumulative GPA at time of degree conferral. Questions regarding picking up your cap and gown should be directed to Hailey Planck at 765-998-5216.

Senior Dinner, Senior Program, and Ritz on the Roof

Taylor University Dining Services will host a Senior Dinner for all seniors and their guests on Friday, May 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., in the Hodson Dining Commons. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 2. The cost for advance tickets is $12.00 per adult, $6.00 per child (ages 3-11), and children 2 and under are free. Please make your ticket purchases no later than Friday, May 7. Non-graduating Taylor University students, with a valid meal plan, may use his or her meal plan to eat in the Dining Commons for dinner. Graduating seniors will receive a complimentary meal. Please do not include your Taylor student(s) in your reservations. Ticket purchases should be made online via the link below. Purchased tickets may be picked up in the lobby of Hodson Dining Commons on Friday, May 14, after 3:00 p.m. All ticket purchases are non-refundable after May 7. Questions regarding the senior dinner should be directed to Sarah Poe (765-998-4667; or Michelle Wilson (765-998-4661;

Purchase Senior Dinner Tickets Here

A Senior Program will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Rediger Chapel/Auditorium 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. All seniors and guests are invited to a complimentary Dessert Reception on Bond Plaza (Boren Campus Center in case of rain) following the Senior Program. Masks and distancing required for all events (except when actively eating/drinking). NOTE: If COVID status in Grant County significantly deteriorates, The Senior Program and Reception will be cancelled.

Ritz on the Roof will be held in Euler Science Complex on Thursday, April 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. This will be a time for students to reconnect and enjoy this beloved Taylor tradition designed specifically for graduating seniors only. Due to health protocols, food will be served by Creative Dining Services staff. Masks and distancing required.

In Absentia

Students planning to complete a degree between December 2020 through Summer 2021 are expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony (unless s/he has already participated in Commencement for that degree or other circumstances preclude attendance). If you registered your attendance, then find later you are unable to attend, please contact Vince Small in the Registrar’s Office at and indicate the reason you are unable to attend. This information is crucial for the final line of march for the ceremony and whether or not your Bible, towel and diploma cover are mailed to you, and is due no later than May 1. We appreciate your assistance.

Residence Hall/Apartment Move-Out Information

Graduating seniors must check out and vacate by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. Undergraduates must check-out within 24 hours of last exam or by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. 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 15, 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

Guest Information

Travel to Campus

Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that State Road 22 near Upland will be closed starting on or after April 12 for a culvert replacement project. Please observe all posted detours.


Kesler Student Activities Center seating will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Printed Programs

Graduates will receive two copies of the full Commencement printed program – one for themselves and one for their family. The remainder of the audience will receive a one-page program agenda with a QR code for access to the full online program. Guests are encouraged to bring electronic devices such as phones and tablets for viewing extended program information, including the order of graduates.


Tickets are not required for entry into the Kesler Student Activities Center. There will be ample seating for all graduates and their guests.

Handicapped Assistance

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.

Parking/Shuttle Service

Parking is available in all campus parking lots. A limited number of vans will shuttle guests from outlying lots to the Kesler Student Activities Center and return them following the ceremony.


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. Due to health protocols and distancing, there will not be an area designated for photography by guests near the platform. For guest safety, no tripods may be set up in aisles, doorways or walkways and guests are asked to stay in their seats throughout the duration of the event.


Expect the ceremony to last approximately two 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 pop-up store inside Kesler Student Activities Center an hour prior to and an hour after the Commencement ceremony. The Campus Store facility in the Bishop's Nook on Reade Avenue will be open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. the day of Commencement for the sale of University items, diploma frames and other gifts. Questions regarding the Campus Store should be directed to Hailey Planck at 765-998-5219. A large and beautiful selection of fresh floral bouquets will be available to browse and purchase on the day of Commencement. Click here for more information and to place an advance order for pick-up on the morning of the ceremony.

Lunch Day of Commencement

The Hodson Dining Commons and Boren Campus Center will serve lunch on the day of Commencement 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost for the Dining Commons lunch is $8.00 per adult and $4.00 per child under 12. Both meals can be paid for with debit/credit cards and/or cash. No reservations are required.