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


When will Commencement activities be held for the Class of 2022?

Commencement for the Carthage Class of 2022 will be held over three days: Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. Friday’s program is for graduates, while the Commencement Procession is open to families and guests on Saturday and Sunday.


When will members of the Class of 2022 learn their specific graduation day and time?

Graduates were notified about their graduation day and time in January 2022. If you are a graduating senior or master’s program graduate and did not receive this communication, please email commencement@carthage.edu.


What do 2022 graduates need to do next?
Graduates of the Class of 2022 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 Tuesday, March 1, 2022.


Who can participate in the 2022 Commencement activities?
Students who graduated in summer 2021, December 2021, or after the spring 2022 term will participate in the Class of 2022 Commencement procession on either Saturday, May 21, or Sunday, May 22.


Will families be able to attend the Commencement activities?
Yes. Each graduate will receive eight tickets. We recognize that some students may have more family members who wish to attend, but due to CDC recommendations and physical distancing, this number of guests per student will be strictly enforced. A livestream will be available for additional family members and friends wishing to watch graduates cross the stage.


Are tickets needed for Commencement activities?
Yes. Each graduate will receive one Last Night Celebration ticket and nine Commencement Procession tickets — one ticket for graduates, and eight tickets for guests. Additional tickets are not available, 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.


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


For family members unable to attend, will there be a livestream?
Yes. All Commencement programming will be streamed on Carthage’s website. Additional information on how to access the livestream will be posted on the Commencement web page in the weeks leading up to Commencement Weekend.


How will this Commencement ceremony be different from those held before the COVID-19 pandemic?

Due to the CDC’s recommendations, both graduates and their families will remain together as a pod and will process through an extended indoor procession leading to the graduation stage. Every family will have a front and center viewing experience as their student crosses the stage, cheered on by faculty and staff. This format was well received by the graduates and families of the Class of 2020 and 2021.


W
hy is Carthage having a non-traditional commencement ceremony? After all, COVID cases are down and the College is hosting other events.
Like all of you, we are so happy that COVID cases are down nationwide and we’re able to resume more normal activities. Unfortunately, there is no way to forecast what pandemic-related restrictions may be in place in the immediate months ahead. Commencement events take months to plan. Your graduation is so important to us that we didn’t want to take any chances. We held a similar immersive experience for our 2021 graduates, and reviews from graduates and their families were glowing! As one graduate told us, “This experience exceeded any and all expectations! “Outstanding job for making this a truly memorable graduation in the BEST way possible.”


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.


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


What precautions is Carthage taking to keep graduates and their families safe during Commencement activities?
Carthage takes every precaution to maintain physical distancing, limit direct contact, and reduce the amount of time spent in one indoor location. Additional information can be found on Carthage’s #StaySafeCarthage Practices web page.

 

Are face masks required?
As of March 21, 2022, masks are optional on campus, and we are optimistic that all commencement activities will be mask-optional as well. We will continue to monitor positive case rates and the recommendations of the CDC and our local health department for guidance should conditions change. Please be sure to come prepared with facemasks for everyone in your party, including the graduate.


Will there be special events for the Class of 2021 in addition to Commencement?
Yes! On Friday, May 20, all 2022 graduates are invited to attend Last Night: A Celebration of the Class of 2022. In addition, the College will host several other events for graduates including a Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 7; an Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony, Honors Program Ceremony, and Multicultural Celebrations on May 8; and a Senior Class BBQ on May 19. Check the Weekend Schedule for the most up-to-date information.


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.


Is there a possibility that the 2022 ceremonies will be postponed due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic?
Carthage continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and directives from local government and health agencies. The College’s policies regarding large-scale events will continue to be based on the most current recommendations and consideration for the health and wellbeing of students, their families, and our faculty and staff. We are optimistic that we will host on-campus events in spring 2022.