Taylor University Commencement

May 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Kesler Student Activities Center

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Webcast begins 15 minutes (9:45AM) before the start of the commencement ceremony.

View the Commencement ceremony printed program here.

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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 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.

Other Events

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 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, 8:00 p.m., Odle Arena. Join us as we send off the senior class! The night will include time for seniors to reflect on their Taylor experience, worship together as a class, and hear from a beloved Taylor faculty member. The evening will conclude with a special time of prayer as we commission the senior class to go and live out the mission of Taylor. This will be an evening you don't want to miss!


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 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 through March 27.

Campus StoreFor 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 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Campus Store in the Student Union will be open 8:00a.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 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.

Meals: On Saturday, May 23, the Dining Commons will be offering its normal meal service: breakfast 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and lunch 12:30- 1:30 p.m.  Guest meals may be purchased and meal cards for graduating seniors will be honored. 

Saturday Meals
Breakfast Lunch
Adults $5.75 $7.95
Children 3-11 $2.75 $3.95
Children 2 and under Free with adult meal Free with adult meal

PARKING ALERT: Due to construction of the new LaRita R. Boren Campus Center, there will be no parking in the north or south lots of Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. Alternate parking lots include Zondervan Library, Odle Arena, Hodson Dining Commons, Freimuth Administration Building, Reade Center, Euler Science Complex, Randall Center, and all residence halls. Shuttle service via vans will be available prior to and after the ceremony.