Commencement, May 2016

Commencement Exercises: May 5–8, 2016

The following dates/events are being provided for the planning convenience of our 2016 graduates and their families. Any updates will be posted here and included in subsequent emails to graduating seniors. All times are Central Time.

Thursday, May 5    
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Gehner Opens for Guest Lodging*
International Students Senior Speeches
Friday, May 6    
10:00 a.m.  
1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Parents’ Gratitude Session
Rehearsal for Graduating Seniors
President’s Reception
Baccalaureate Ceremony
Cox Auditorium
School of Govt. / Cox
Hutchinson House
Cox Auditorium
Saturday, May 7    
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
Child Care Opens**
Auditorium Doors Open
Graduates Line Up
Faculty Line Up
Faculty and Grads Procession
Child Care Closes**
Howard Center
Gehner, Lower Level
Cox Auditorium
School of Government
School of Government
Cox Auditorium
Chapel Green
Gehner, Lower Level
Sunday, May 8    
10:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
Chapel Service
Gehner Closes, Guests Depart

We lovingly support all of our Seniors as they progress towards commencement. Because these dates are posted well in advance of the deadline for fulfillment of graduation requirements, families of graduates are encouraged to speak with their children throughout the year to confirm their graduation status before completing travel plans.

The 2016 Commencement will be broadcast live on Principia Internet Radio.

If you have questions, contact Sue Thoma at or 618.374.5148.


* We offer on-campus dorm accomodations in Gehner House for familes of graduates. Reservations must be made in advance and are confirmed on a first come/first served basis.

Our Guest House room drawing is open to parents of graduates. View all accommodation information

Child Care

** Child care will be provided from 12:30–4:30 p.m. on a complimentary basis at Penny Lane Early Childhood Center in Gehner for children nine years of age and younger. In order to have appropriate level of staffing, you must register your children with Penny Lane no later than Saturday, April 8, 2016. To register, please email No drop-ins will be accepted.

On the day of Commencement, each child must be accompanied by an adult when they arrive at Gehner. The accompanying adult is required to sign the registration form when the child begins child care, and the same adult will be required to sign that child out after Commencement. Please pick up your child promptly at 4:30 p.m.

Should you have any questions, please contact Becky Cowart at the e-mail address above or at 618.374.5609.

Listen to the 2016 Commencement live on Principia Internet Radio.