Questions? Please refer to the FAQs below or email commencement@carthage.edu.


Who can participate in the 2023 Commencement activities?
Students who graduated in summer 2022, December 2022, or after the spring 2023 term will participate in the Class of 2023 Commencement procession on either Saturday, May 27, or Sunday, May 28.

When will Commencement activities be held for the Class of 2023?
Commencement for the Carthage Class of 2023 will be held over three days: Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28. See the full schedule of events

When will members of the Class of 2023 learn their specific graduation day and time?
Graduates are notified about their graduation day and time in late January 2023. Graduates should check their Carthage email for this information. If you are a graduating senior or master’s program graduate and did not receive this communication by January 31, please email commencement@carthage.edu.

I am unsure about my graduation status. How do I confirm if I am eligible to walk?
Questions about your graduation status can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at registrar@carthage.edu.

What do 2023 graduates need to do next?
Graduates of the Class of 2023 need to complete the Grad Gear Up Form to confirm their graduation status, complete exit forms, and order caps and gowns. Completing this form is necessary for graduation and must be completed by Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Will parents and families be seated during Commencement activities?
No. Parents and families will remain with their graduates through the extended march and procession leading to the graduation stage. Along the way, graduates, parents, and families will be able to stop at “graduation stations” and participate in fun activities like being welcomed into the alumni association, receiving honor cords, walking the red carpet, having their photos taken, and much more. There will be chairs located along the route for those needing to rest momentarily.

For family members unable to attend, will there be a live stream?
Yes. All Commencement programming will be streamed on Carthage’s website

Do infants and small children need tickets?
Yes. As in years past, all individuals count as ticketed guests regardless of age.

Are tickets needed for Commencement activities?
Yes. Each graduate will receive two Commencement Ceremony tickets (one for the graduate and one for a guest) and nine Commencement Procession tickets — one ticket for graduates and eight tickets for guests. Additional tickets are unavailable, and those without tickets will not be admitted. Unused tickets cannot be shared with other graduates, and those attempting to use a ticket issued to another student will not be admitted. We understand that limiting tickets can be difficult for many students and families. Those not in attendance may watch you cross the stage via a live stream on Carthage’s multimedia webpage.

Will families be able to attend the Commencement activities?
Yes. Each graduate will receive nine total tickets (one ticket for graduates and eight for guests). A live stream will be available for additional family members and friends wishing to watch graduates cross the stage.

I have a guest or family member with limited mobility. Can they attend?
Yes. We will have a number of seats available for family members unable to remain with graduates throughout the procession to the Chapel stage. Seats are available by request from the graduate and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Request a limited mobility ticket.

What does the Carthage Commencement Procession look like? 
Watch the video from our Instagram account from last year’s procession to get an idea of what the Commencement Procession is like!