At Carthage’s 2023 Commencement, graduates will have the opportunity to cross the graduation stage with family members and guests present to cheer them on. The Carthage Commencement Committee has reinvented Carthage graduation traditions and incorporated exciting new elements to create a unique graduation experience for the Class of 2023.

Commencement Weekend will take place May 26-28, 2023. Several graduate celebration events will take place earlier in May. See the full schedule below for all celebration and Commencement Weekend details!

See Commencement Weekend event details


Celebration of Scholars

Graduates will be invited to various celebration events that recognize their affinity to Carthage organizations or individual identities.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony

10 a.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
The newest members of the Carthage College chapter of Alpha Chi will be inducted during the Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony. Alpha Chi is a National Honor Scholarship Society active on more than 300 college and university campuses nationwide. Students inducted into Alpha Chi are in the top 10 percent of the graduating senior class. This event will be held in person for Alpha Chi inductees and their families.

Honors Program Ceremony

11 a.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
The Carthage Honors Program is for exceptional students who want to make the most of their liberal arts education. At this event, Professor Neil Scharnick, director of the Honors Program, will recognize the students who have completed all requirements to graduate with all-college honors. This event will be live-streamed for those who can’t attend in person.

Celebration of Scholars Poster Exhibition

1-3 p.m., The TARC
Carthage students and faculty will present their works of scholarship, research, and creativity at the 2023 Celebration of Scholars Exhibition. Each presenter or group of presenters will have an abstract and poster, and will be available to talk about their project during the event. Learn more about the Celebration of Scholars

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

4 p.m., A. F. Siebert Chapel
A pinning ceremony is a way to welcome new nurses into the profession. This tradition traces back to the 12th century. The wearing of the pin represents the right and readiness to serve others and the assumption of the responsibility to provide excellent care. Each nursing graduate will be pinned with the Carthage pin, with invited guests welcome to share in the tradition. This event will be live-streamed for those who can’t attend in person.

Multicultural Celebration Event

6:30 p.m., Ceremony held in A. F. Siebert Chapel
7:30-9 p.m., Reception held in Hedberg Library
The Office of Equity and Inclusion collaborates with individuals from numerous departments to coordinate culturally-based graduate celebration ceremonies that complement Carthage’s commencement ceremonies. The multicultural celebration does not replace the formal graduation commencement ceremonies. The multicultural graduation event acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of Carthage students of racially and ethnically underrepresented groups and LGBTQIA+ identities.

Student Awards Ceremony

Time TBD
Todd Wehr Center Jockey Club Rooms
The Student Award Ceremony — always an important part of the Celebration of Scholars — recognizes student achievements in leadership, campus involvement, service, and academics. Awards include the Student Leadership Awards and Intellectual Foundations Scholarships. The recipient of the 2023 Distinguished Senior Award will also be announced.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 26, 2023

Commencement Ceremony & Last Night Celebration

7 p.m. Friday, May 26
A. F. Siebert Chapel
Carthage celebrates graduates who have completed their degrees. This graduate-focused ceremony is the conferring of degrees upon the graduating class. It occurs in front of the presidential procession, along with other graduates. Following the ceremony, graduates and their families and friends are invited to a reception in the Campbell Student Union. Each graduate will receive two Commencement Ceremony tickets (one for the graduate and one for a guest). If space allows, additional tickets will be offered for the Commencement Ceremony.

May 27-28, 2023


9-10 a.m., Saturday, May 27
A. F. Siebert Chapel
Baccalaureate is an opportunity for graduates to pause and reflect in A. F. Siebert Chapel before the Commencement procession. It has been a long-standing tradition at Carthage to celebrate the blessings of earning a degree. This event is open to graduates and their families. No ticket is required. 

Commencement Processions

Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, times assigned to each graduate
Graduates will begin their procession at the south doors of the JAC (South Upper Lot)
The procession at Carthage is a unique take on the traditional ceremony. Graduates will process through several campus buildings with family and friends culminating in a walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Students are assigned a date and time that aligns with others in the same academic division. Each graduate will receive 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.