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MacMurray College's 166th Baccalaureate and Commencement Service will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

All commencement week events and graduation information can be found on this page. Download a PDF version. (PDF)

Congratulations to all of our graduates and their families!

Photo of Commencement procession.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 11, 2017

4 p.m. Nursing Pinning Rehearsal
Annie Merner Chapel
5:30 p.m. Senior Awards Reception
McClelland Dining Hall

Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend.  Reservations required: fill out the reservation form or call 217-479-7117 by April 18.

Friday, May 12, 2017

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Campus Bookstore Open for Commencement
Gamble Campus Center — Bookstore
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal
Annie Merner Chapel

Graduates: last day to pick up your cap and gown at the Bookstore.

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Applebee Art Gallery Open for Commencement
Putnam/Springer Center — Applebee Art Gallery
4 p.m. Social Work Pinning Ceremony
Putnam/Springer Center — Thoresen Recital Hall
5:30 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Annie Merner Chapel
7 p.m. President's Reception
President's House — Lawn

A reception for graduates and their parents or guardians to celebrate this monumental accomplishment. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Reservations required: fill out the reservation form or call 217-479-7117 by May 5.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Senior Class Photo
Annie Merner Chapel

Graduates will gather in the basement of Annie Merner Chapel for class photo at 9 a.m.  The photo will be taken on the steps of Annie Merner Chapel at 9:30 a.m.

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Campus Bookstore Open for Commencement
Gamble Campus Center — Bookstore

Please use the north entrance.

10:30 a.m. Commencement
Annie Merner Chapel

Graduates will line up for processional in Henry Pfeiffer Library at 10 a.m. In case of rain, line up in the chapel basement.

Tickets are required for family and friends. Graduates must complete the final requirements to be eligible for tickets.

12 p.m. Graduate Reception
McClelland Dining Hall — Patio/Lawn

In case of rain, this even will be held inside McClelland Dining Hall.

All times listed are CT.


If you are planning to attend either the Senior Awards Reception or the President's Reception (or both), please fill out the form below.

I will be attending the

Senior Awards Reception

Menu Choices:

  • meat
  • vegetarian

If you or a guest have a special dietary need, please contact Allison Decker at 217-479-7117.

President's Reception

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Information for Graduates

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, your eligibility for graduation, or your financial status, please come to One-Stop Student Services, Jenkins Education Complex, 2nd floor or call us at 217-479-7041.

All seniors must attend Senior Assessment Day on March 27 unless you have already completed the assessment.

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 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.

Final Graduation Requirements

Please complete the following before Commencement:

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.

How many tickets does each graduate receive?
Each graduate will receive up to 8 Commencement tickets. Each student must complete final requirements in order to be eligible for tickets.

Are these reserved seats?
No, they are general admission, first come first served. However, everyone with a ticket will be guaranteed a seat. Annie Merner Chapel doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Does the graduate need a ticket?
No, participating seniors do not need tickets.

Where and when do graduates receive the tickets?
Graduates must pick up their initial tickets in person Monday, May 8 through Wednesday, May 10 at One-Stop Student Services, Jenkins Education Complex, 2nd floor. Graduates who have not picked up tickets or made arrangements with One-Stop Student Services by 4:30 p.m. on May 12 will not be guaranteed guest tickets.

What if the graduate is not on campus then?
Call before May 8 and we'll work out an alternative such as rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Our number is 217-479-7041.

How does a graduate get more tickets?
Ask other graduating seniors if they will have an extra ticket that they could give to you. Additional tickets will be available in One-Stop Student Services on Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12 on a first come first served basis. Any extra tickets will be distributed to graduates at the end of rehearsal on Friday, May 12.

Commencement Details

Receiving Diploma

Graduates will receive their diploma cover during the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed no later than six weeks following the ceremony. Contact One-Stop Student Services to confirm diploma mailing address.

College Honors

Two kinds of honors are recognized at Commencement: general college honors and honors in the major. Only high honors medallions, the Lincoln Laureate medallion, honor society cords, and military service stolls are to be worn during the Commencement Ceremony.

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. College honors are not determined until final grades are in.

Caps, Gowns, and Clothing

Time frame to order your cap and gown will begin March 8 and end April 8. Information is available from Mickey Anderson 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. Please avoid jeans, tennis shoes, and open-toed shoes. For women, we recommend a dark dress or 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.


Flowers will be available for purchase from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Prices range from $10 to $40 and will be conveniently located between the chapel and dining hall.


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.

This year, each graduate will receive a photo remembrance of graduation day as a gift from the College. This gift will include a 5" x 7" photo of the 2017 graduating class and a 3 1/2" x 5" photo of the graduate receiving his/her diploma from the President. These photos will be sent at the beginning of the summer and will have information included to order more copies, if desired. For details about additional photo opportunities, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 217-479-7180 or via email.

Graduating in Absentia

If you are not planning to attend the Commencement ceremonies, you must let One-Stop Student Services know. Please call 217-479-7041 or email.

Disability Services

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

Last-minute Emergencies

Should a last-minute emergency prevent you from attending, call 217-479-7041 as soon as possible. If there is no answer please call Allison Decker at 217-341-6944.

Hotels in Jacksonville

Springfield, 30 miles away, offers numerous options for lodging.

Commencement Archives

See items from Commencement in previous years at our alumni website.