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Earlham's 170th Commencement

Welcome to Commencement 2017

The Earlham community looks forward to you joining us on May 5 and 6 in the celebration of the 170th Commencement events honoring the Class of 2017. Both Baccalaureate and Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 6, with Baccalaureate at 10:30 a.m. and Commencement at 2:30 p.m.

Where to stay

We urge you to make your reservations directly with the accommodation of your choice as soon as possible. Sources for information on hotel/motel accommodations are the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau and WayNet.

What to do

The Commencement weekend schedule is now available. We hope that graduates, families and friends will join us for meals on campus during the weekend. On Friday evening following the Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, join us for the Celebration Dinner.

The Commencement buffet luncheon on Saturday is always an exciting, shared time together. Your graduate will receive complimentary tickets for all Commencement weekend meals, so you need to make reservations only for yourself and other members of your family via the Meal Reservation Form (pdf).

In case of rain

While we hope to celebrate Baccalaureate and Commencement outdoors on Chase Stage, inclement weather may direct us inside the Athletics and Wellness Center. If so, limited seating will be available at Druley Performance Gymnasium where the ceremonies take place. To assist us with making comfortable and safe seating available and adhering to local fire codes, graduates (Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Earlham’s Graduate in Education Program) will each be issued 5 tickets for guest seating. Additional areas will be set aside to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. Doors to the Druley Performance Gymnasium will open at 9:30 a.m., for the 10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate and at 1:30 p.m., for the 2:30 p.m. Commencement ceremonies.

Graduation pictures

Grad Images will again be with us at the Commencement ceremony to take photographs of graduates as diplomas are awarded. Following Commencement, graduates will receive, at their home address of record, information on ordering Commencement photographs. Past graduates and parents have been pleased with the quality, variety and price of the photographs as well as the courteous service provided by Grad Images. This service provides an excellent option to capture this significant moment in your student’s academic career.

We look forward to being with you at Earlham as we celebrate the Commencement of the Class of 2017.

EC to Celebrate the
Class of 2017

At a Glance

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Baccalaureate - 10:30 a.m.
Commencement - 2:30 p.m.

Place: Chase Stage,
in front of Lilly Library (weather permitting)

Rain Site: Druley Performance Gymnasium, Athletics and Wellness Center

Parking: All campus parking lots will be available. Additional parking will be available just inside the D Street entrance and weather permitting, overflow parking will be provided on the campus north front lawn and adjacent Darrell Beane Stadium.

Signs will direct visitors to parking areas and Public Safety officers will be available throughout campus to assist.

Parking Map (pdf)

Tickets: Free admission, except tickets are required when the ceremonies are held indoors.

Live Streaming Available:

Related Links:
Weekend Schedule
Meal Reservation Form
Grad Images

For More Information,
Associate Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Registrar
Bonita Washington-Lacey or
Assistant Registrar Julie Stout.

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