Commencement, May 2015

Commencement Exercises: May 7–10, 2015

The following dates/events are being provided for the planning convenience of our 2015 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 7
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Gehner Opens for Guest Lodging*
International Senior Speeches
Friday, May 8
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
Cox Auditorium
Hutchinson House
Cox Auditorium
Saturday, May 9
11:15 a.m.    
12:30 p.m.
1:15 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
Faculty Line Up
Faculty and Grads Procession
Childcare Closes
Howard Center
Gehner, Lower Level
Cox Auditorium
School of Government
Cox Auditorium
Chapel Green
Gehner, Lower Level
Sunday, May 10
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 House reservations will be active starting December 15. Parents of 2015 graduates can also include their names in our Guest House reservation drawing through December 14. 

** Registration for care of young children must be made in advance, no later than May 1. Children under age three will not be admitted to the auditorium during Commencement. For further information and to register, please contact Becky Cowart at 618.374.5609.

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 2015 Commencement will be broadcast live on Principia Internet Radio.

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

Listen to the 2014 Commencement live on Principia Internet Radio.