Commencement, May 2014

Commencement Exercises: May 8–11, 2014

The following dates/events are being provided for the planning convenience of our 2014 graduates and their families. Any updates will be posted here and included in subsequent e-mails to graduating seniors. All times are central time.

Thursday, May 8
Gehner Opens for Guest Lodging*  
Friday, May 9
10:00 a.m.  
1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
3:30–5:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
Parents’ Gratitude Session
Rehearsal for Graduating Seniors
President’s Reception
Baccalaureate Ceremony

Cox Auditorium
Cox Auditorium
Hutchinson House
Cox Auditorium
Saturday, May 10
11:15 a.m.    
12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
1:40 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Buffet Lunch
Childcare Opens**
Auditorium Doors Open
Seniors Line Up
Faculty Line Up
Faculty and Grads Procession
Childcare Closes

Howard Center
Gehner, Lower Level
Cox Auditorium
School of Government
School of Government
Cox Auditorium
Chapel Green
Gehner, Lower Level
Sunday, May 11
10:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m.

Chapel Service
Gehner Closes, Guests Depart


* Reservations must be made in advance and are confirmed on a first come/first served basis. View accommodation information. Gehner reservations will be active starting the week of December 9. Parents of 2014 graduates received an e-mail on November 7 about the Guest House reservation drawing. If you have questions, contact Sue Thoma at or 618.374.5148.

** Registration for care of young children must be made in advance, no later than May 2. Children under age three will not be admitted to the auditorium during Commencement. For further information and to register, please contact Jennifer Johnston at

We are lovingly supporting all students as they move towards graduation. Because these dates are being posted in advance of the deadline for fulfillment of commencement requirements, families of graduates are encouraged to confirm their students' graduation status before completing travel plans.

The 2014 Commencement will be broadcast live on Principia Internet Radio.

Listen to the 2014 Commencement live on Principia Internet Radio.