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Commencement Information

Congratulations to our graduates and their families!

Commencement 2014 will be on Saturday, May 3. There are two official events that day: the Baccalaureate church service at 10:30 a.m. and the Commencement service at 1:30 p.m.

The official photo of the graduating class will be taken right after the Baccalaureate service. Afterwards, a buffet luncheon will be available in the dining hall, and then the Commencement service itself, where our graduating seniors will walk across the stage and get their diplomas, in personalized covers, from President Hester.

Schedule of Events

The Applebee Art Gallery in the Putnam Center for the Arts will be open Friday from 3 - 5 p.m. The Campus Bookstore will be open Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (use the north entrance on Saturday).

Reservations

The Commencement 2014 invitation and reservation form is available here (PDF).

Information for Graduates

The following information is for seniors who are planning to attend commencement. All of the information below is available in a brochure which is distributed by the Registrar's office. Copies can be obtained here (PDF).

Eligibility for Graduation

Participation in Commencement depends upon successful completion of all general education requirements and requirements in the major, including courses in the current spring semester. Eligibility also depends on satisfying all outstanding accounts with the college. If you have any questions about your academic status and your eligibility for graduation, please come to the Records and Registration Office, Kathryn Hall 309, or call 217-479-7014. For your financial status ask at the Business Office, Kathryn Hall basement, 217-479-7006.

Students who have not completed all requirements for graduation by the end of the spring semester but who are enrolled in MacMurray courses for the May Term or summer session that will complete all their requirements may participate in the Commencement ceremonies. They will walk with the graduates and the Commencement program will note that they have requirements to fulfill.

College Honors

Two kinds of honors are awarded at Commencement: general college honors and honors in the major.

Policies concerning college honors are stated in the Academic Opportunities section of the MacMurray online catalog:

Seniors earning a cumulative quality point average of 3.90 to 4.00 will be graduated summa cum laude; those earning an average of 3.80 to 3.89 will be graduated magna cum laude; those earning an average of 3.50 to 3.79 will be graduated cum laude. To qualify for honors, the last 60 hours must be completed at MacMurray. Transfer grades as well as MacMurray grades are included in calculating eligibility.

Your grade point average for college honors will include all the courses you have taken at any college. For all other purposes, only courses at MacMurray figure in your GPA. College honors are not determined until final grades are in.

If you have questions about your eligibility, you are welcome to ask the Registrar. Major honors are available for many majors. If you are completing the work for such a major, you may wish to verify with your advisor that this information has been or will be turned in to the Registrar’s Office, Kathryn Hall 309, by Wednesday, April 30.

Caps, Gowns, and Clothing

Information on caps and gowns is available at the MacMurray College Bookstore, 217-479-7133.

Please keep in mind that this is a special occasion for your family and friends, as well as yourself, and dress accordingly.

For women, we recommend a dark dress, dark skirt with blouse, or dark dress pants with blouse. Because the procession goes across Rutledge Lawn, we recommend flats rather than heels.

For men, we recommend dark pants, a dress shirt with necktie, and dark shoes.

For both men and women, please avoid jeans, tennis shoes, and open-toed shoes.

Disability Support Services

Please contact Disability Support Services via email or 217-479-7176 regarding accessible seating, parking, assistive hearing devices, or interpreter services.

Commencement Ticket Information

There will be over 100 graduates this year, and unfortunately the Chapel is not big enough to hold all those who want to celebrate with them. Nevertheless, most of the space in the Chapel will be reserved for guests of the graduating seniors.

Q: How many tickets do I get?
A: Eight (8) Commencement tickets. You must complete the Financial Aid Exit Counseling in order to qualify for tickets.

Q: Are these reserved seats?
A: No, they are general admission, first come, first served. However, everyone with a ticket will be guaranteed a seat. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Q: Do I need one for myself?
A: No, participating seniors do not need tickets.

Q: Where do I get them?
A: The Registrar’s Office, Kathryn Hall 309.

Q: When do I get them?
A: Thursday, May 1, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Graduates who have not picked up tickets or made arrangements with the Registrar’s Office by 4:30 p.m. on May 1 will not be guaranteed guest tickets.

Q: What if I'm not on campus then?
A: Call in advance (217-479-7014), before May 1, and we’ll work out an alternative such as rehearsal on Friday afternoon.

Q: How do I get more tickets?
A: There are two ways.

  1. Ask other graduating seniors if they will have an extra ticket that they could give to you.
  2. Be present at the rehearsal on Friday, May 2. The Registrar will distribute all extra tickets to graduates at the end of rehearsal.

Photos

A professional photographer will take a picture of each graduate at the moment of receiving the diploma. Information on purchasing photos will be announced later.

Parents and friends wishing to come forward and photograph graduates are welcome to do so. They should use the side aisles only; the center aisle is reserved for the graduates.

Final Requirements

Please complete the following before Commencement:

Graduating in Absentia

If you are not planning to attend the Commencement ceremonies, you must let the Registrar’s Office know as soon as possible by calling 217-479-7014 or via email.

Last-Minute Emergencies

Should a last-minute emergency prevent you from attending, call 217-479-7014 as soon as possible. If there is no answer, call the general College number, 217-479-7000.

Commencement in Previous Years