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
Child care Opens**
Auditorium Doors Open
Faculty Line Up
Faculty and Grads Procession
Child care 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

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.


* Reservations must be made in advance and are confirmed on a first come/first served basis. View accommodation information

Child Care

**As a kindness to our graduates and guests, children three and under will not be admitted to the auditorium. 

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 11. 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 2014 Commencement live on Principia Internet Radio.