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Congratulations, Graduates!

Carthage will celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2020 with a weekend of activities May 21-23, 2020. We look forward to recognizing the achievements of our graduating seniors, and we welcome friends and family to campus for this exciting event.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pinning Ceremony Practice

For nursing graduates only
10 a.m. – A. F. Siebert Chapel

Graduation Practice

For graduates
3:30 p.m. – TARC Arena
For students who want to confirm the pronunciation of their name, please arrive at 3 p.m. to meet with the academic deans. All graduates are required to attend graduation practice.

New Alumni Convocation and Reception

For graduates, trustees, faculty, staff
4:30 p.m. – A. F. Siebert Chapel
Reception to immediately follow
The New Alumni Convocation is a brief program to recognize our graduates for the first time as Carthage alumni. The private reception allows graduates, faculty, and staff to say their goodbyes in a unique and personal setting. Students will receive a formal invitation at Grad Gear-Up. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Nursing Graduates Pinning and honors Ceremony

4 p.m. – A. F. Siebert Chapel 
Carthage will recognize the 2020 graduating class of the College’s nursing program with a special pinning ceremony. 

Carthage Baccalaureate

6 p.m. – A. F. Siebert Chapel
Graduates and their families are invited and encouraged to attend this interfaith program. The graduates and faculty do not wear their caps and gowns for this program. Baccalaureate is a centuries-old religious graduation tradition that started in England. In the United States, the term generally refers to a nondenominational ceremony held a few days before graduation. Unlike large commencement exercises held in stadiums or arenas, baccalaureate ceremonies offer a quieter, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020


10:15 a.m. – Commencement Line-up, Tarble Arena
11 a.m. – Commencement Ceremony, N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center, Field House
The Commencement ceremony includes the presentation of special awards, honorary degrees, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Immediately following the ceremony (around 1 p.m.), refreshments will be provided for graduates and their families and friends in the circle area outside the main entrance of the TARC.