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Information for Graduates

Members of the Class of 2018, congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Please carefully read the following information about your graduation ceremonies and Senior Week.

If you have questions about this information, you may visit the Office of Institutional Advancement (Room 414, Lentz Hall) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Or send an email to, or call 262-551-5705 or 800-551-1518.

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New Alumni Convocation and Promenade Dinner — Friday, May 25, 2018
Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory) — Saturday, May 26, 2018
Baccalaureate — Saturday, May 26, 2018
Commencement — Sunday, May 27, 2018
Candidacy for Graduation


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Graduation Gear-Up

2-7 p.m. — Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Club
Graduation Gear-Up is your opportunity to receive your cap and gown, have your picture taken in your cap and gown, order graduation announcements, and much more. You will be required to pay a $20 fee in order to pick up your cap and gown. You have the opportunity for your $20 cap and gown deposit gift to be made via credit or debit card. Cash and check will also be accepted.

Not able to attend Graduation Gear-Up?
If you are unable to attend Graduation Gear-Up, you must take the initiative to pay the $20 fee and order your cap and gown in the Office of Institutional Advancement between March 16 and April 13, 2018, or you are not assured of receiving them. Those who order a cap and gown during this period may pick them up in the Lentz Hall mailroom May 14-18 and May 21-25 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Questions regarding pick-up should be directed to Tami Villup in the Lentz Hall Mailroom, 262-551-5711.

Seniors were mailed an Alumni Office information survey. It is to be completed and dropped off at the registration table at Graduation Gear-Up on March 15. After March 15, return the form to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Lentz Hall, Room 414.

May 23-25, 2018

SEnior celebration days

Events to be held during Senior Celebration Days will be posted on The Bridge and the Carthage website. Watch for these postings by mid-semester.

Friday, May 25, 2018

New Alumni Convocation and Promenade Dinner

5:30 p.m. — New Alumni Convocation; A. F. Siebert Chapel
Immediately following Convocation — New Alumni Dinner; Hedberg Library
(for graduates, faculty, staff, trustees
At the New Alumni Convocation, graduates will be recognized for the first time as Carthage alumni and welcomed into the Alumni Association. A private semi-formal dinner for graduates hosted by Carthage Trustees and faculty will immediately follow Convocation. Attendance is limited to those individuals who have been on campus every day, learning and growing together. A personalized ticket is required. Graduates will receive a formal invitation and reply card closer to the date of these programs.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Graduation Practice (Mandatory)

11 a.m. — N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House
(for graduates
This is a mandatory rehearsal for graduates. Graduates are to assemble at 11 a.m. in the N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House for practice. Honor cords will be available for pickup after rehearsal.


For everyone
2 p.m. — A.F. Siebert Chapel
Commencement speaker Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and best-selling author, will offer a public presentation for our graduates, their families, faculty, staff and the general public. 

Carthage Baccalaureate: A Celebration of Learning and Wisdom

5 p.m. — A. F. Siebert Chapel
Graduates and their families are invited and encouraged to attend this interfaith program. The ceremony will offer a quiet, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect, hear faculty members offer advice to the graduating class, and enjoy students’ musical talents. The graduates and faculty do not wear caps and gowns to this program.

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Lineup, 10:15 a.m. — Tarble Arena
Commencement, 11 a.m. — TARC Field House

The Commencement ceremony includes the presentation of special awards, honorary degrees, and bachelor and master degrees. We invite and encourage your attendance at Commencement.

  • Diploma Presentation: No one may accompany you across the stage as you receive your diploma. The President of the College will present you with your diploma.

  • Graduation Attire: We ask that all students adhere to guidelines of appropriate attire respectful of the celebration. Graduates are required to utilize the regalia provided at Graduation Gear-Up. Decoration of one’s cap is allowed, but may not include objects that hang off the top or exceed 3 inches in height. Additionally, graduates may wear a pin if they so choose. Otherwise, graduation accessories are limited to institutionally approved cords and stoles (see below), and will be allowed at the discretion of the College.

  • Graduation Stoles: The wearing of stoles, scarves, and cords during the commencement ceremony is restricted to approved all-college and academic honoraries, including departmental or disciplinary honor societies, and institutionally recognized organizations. Organizations wishing to gain approval to distribute graduation stoles must submit an application no later than March 1. Organizations must have been recognized by the institution for at least one full academic year prior to submitting their application. Additionally, the organization must be in good standing with Student Government/Student Involvement and Student Conduct to apply for stole distribution. A sample of your intended stole must accompany your application for consideration. Once approved, organizations will not need to apply each year as long as the design and distribution requirements remain the same. Undergraduate international students and students who have studied abroad for a full academic semester who wish to wear a stole in recognition of this experience should see Professor Michele Hancock for information regarding this process and requirements. Students will be allowed to wear one stole for the commencement ceremony. Please send an email to with any questions.

  • Latin Honor Cords:
    Graduates receiving Latin honors will be provided with cords representing one of three categories of distinction. Students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5-3.69 will receive black and gold cords signifying the Latin honor of Cum Laude. Students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7-3.89 will receive red and gold cords signifying the Latin honor of Magna Cum Laude. Students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher will receive white and gold cords representing the Latin honor of Summa Cum Laude. All honor cords will be distributed directly following graduation practice. Honor cords may be worn in addition to a stole.

Tickets: We encourage you to invite your family and friends to your graduation. However, this event requires tickets. (All guests, including infants, require a ticket.) Each graduate will receive five (5) tickets when he/she completes the survey and pays the $20 cap and gown fee at Graduation Gear-Up or in the Office of Institutional Advancement. All tickets for the Commencement ceremony are distributed for free by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Your guests may be refused entry to the ceremony if they present invalid tickets obtained from another source. Tickets may not be sold or exchanged for material items, and violators will face disciplinary action. If anyone attempts to give or sell you unauthorized tickets, please report the incident to the Office of Student Life. If you lose your tickets, you are not guaranteed replacement tickets, so please be sure to store the tickets in a safe place. Tickets will not be distributed before March 15, 2018.

Seating: The seats in the TARC are not reserved and are filled on a first-come, first-seated basis. The TARC will open at 9 a.m. Large video screens help to ensure everyone will be able to see the Commencement ceremony.

Online viewing: Log on to to access links for live video and audio streaming webcasts. Your family and friends may view Baccalaureate (Saturday, May 26, 5 p.m.) and Commencement (Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m.).

Restrooms: The Field House is located on the third level of the TARC. There are no restrooms available in the Field House. The closest restrooms are one flight below. For people who cannot manage the stairs, there is an elevator available.

Special Needs Seats: A space is reserved at the front of the room for people in wheelchairs or those who cannot stand. However, only one other member of your party may accompany each person requiring seating in this area. There is a lot of standing that occurs during the ceremony. Guests in wheelchairs may wish to arrive early to ensure they have a front row seat so they may see all the activities during the ceremony.

Assisted Listening Devices: A limited number of devices to aid in hearing the speakers during the Commencement ceremony will be available in the Field House at the sound desk located by the southeast wall and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking: We recommend parking in the 14th Avenue Lot, located close to campus on 14th Avenue and 31st Street. A shuttle service will operate to and from this lot from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited parking is available on campus. A shuttle service will operate on campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-off areas, located outside the main entrances to the building, are provided for you to drop off and pick up guests who cannot walk from the parking area. Limited parking spaces are available for disabled guests near the TARC. A disabled license plate or parking placard will be required to park in these areas. (See campus map.) 

Food and Beverages:

The Dining Commons in the TWC will be open for students and guests from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Students with food plans may use their plans; others may purchase tickets in the Dining Commons for $8 per meal for adults, $4 per meal for children under 10, and children under 4 may eat for free.

Einstein Bros. Bagels and Frëshens located in Donna’s Bytes in the Hedberg Library will be open on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Campbell Student Union offers the following venues:

  • Seattle’s Best Coffee — Saturday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Red Zone Convenience Store — Saturday: 9 a.m.-midnight; Sunday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Sub Connection — Saturday: 4-10 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Baja Fresh — Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • World of Wings Cafe and Wingery — Saturday: 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The TARC concession stand, located on the main level of the building (one floor down from the Field House), will be open beginning at 8 a.m. and will remain open until Commencement concludes on Sunday, May 27.

Candidacy for Graduation

Contact the Registrar’s Office if you have questions about the specific requirements for advancing your graduation candidacy. Also, if you have questions concerning tuition or other payments, you must talk with a representative in the Business Office. No one is allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony until the Registrar and Business Office have released his/her name to the Office of Institutional Advancement.