Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement

When is Commencement?

Commencement 2016 is on Saturday, May 7th. Line-up is at noon, and processional begins at 12:45 p.m. All guests must be in their seats by 12:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours.

Is there practice for Commencement?

Yes, Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal will take place at Goodrich Chapel on Friday, May 6th at 11 a.m. Vital information is given at this rehearsal.

Where do I get my honor cords?

You will receive honor cords on Friday at Commencement rehearsal. Only Albion academic honor cords will be passed out at graduation practice. Departmental or academic organization honor cords or pins will be handled by each department or organization. You may also wear a stole representing your cultural heritage if you choose. For complete guidelines, contact Student Affairs.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

You can purchase your cap and gown at the Grad Fair on February 24, on the first floor of the KC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Bookstore until April 1. After that, it may be special order with an additional cost or we may not carry your specific size!

Where can I get graduation announcements or a class ring?

There will be vendors at the Grad Fair on February 24, on the first floor of the KC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with graduation-related items.

Does my family need tickets for graduation?

Yes, you do need Commencement tickets, but only if the ceremony is held indoors (Goodrich Chapel and Kresge Gymnauism for auxilary viewing) for any family members or friends who will be attending Commencement.

Each student receives six (6) tickets.

You can certainly gather extra tickets from friends who are not using all of their six. Tickets will be distributed via your KC boxes approximately two weeks before Commencement.

What happens if I lose my tickets?

Do not lose your tickets. We do not have replacement tickets for lost tickets. You should put your tickets in a safe location or send them home at the time that you receive them (a mailing envelope will come with your tickets).

Why do we have to have tickets if Commencement is held inside?

Per fire code regulations, we can only have a certain number of people in Goodrich Chapel. Tickets are issued to ensure we adhere to those regulations. Tickets are not needed if the ceremony is held outdoors as seating on the Quad is unlimited.

What if there is a severe weather situation?

The ceremony will is held on the Campus Quadrangle. Events held on our Quadrangle are especially beautiful and memorable for our graduates. In the case of severe weather, before or during the ceremony, announcements about a delay or change in location will be made in order to accommidate the safety of our guests. We ask for your patience and understanding should the Commencement location details change.  

If it is raining, cold, etc. the ceremony will remain outdoors and the College will provide complimentary rain ponchos to attendees.

If the ceremony is delayed; guests are welcome to wait in any of the following buildings till the weather has passed; Stockwell Library, Olin, Ferguson Building, Kellogg Center, Robinson Hall, and Valgamore Hall.

If the ceremony location is changed; an announcement will be made of this and guests should go to the appropriate building (Goodrich Chapel or Kresge Gym) for the ceremony. Seating will begin at 11:30 am.

You, or your family, can check online (we will send the link to you) to see where Commencement will be or you may call Campus Safety at 517/629-1234.

What do I do to make arrangements for a family member with a disability?

Call the Office of Campus Safety at 517/629-1234 to make arrangements.

Where can my family park?

Your family can park wherever they can find a spot on Saturday. Campus Safety will not ticket during the ceremony. Remember, all city parking guidelines must be followed.

How does my family find out details about Commencement?

The Department of Student Affairs will send out a letter with Commencement information to your parents. Give your family the following details:

There is a designated picture area where parents can take photos of you. We do ask for safety that nobody blocks the aisles or takes pictures from the graduate seating area.

Parents can go to our lodging web page for a list of places to stay.

Complimentary light morning refreshments will be available at the KC for all Commencement guests.

How long do I have to move my stuff out of my room?

You have until 6 p.m. the day of Commencement to move out of your room, though It is recommended that 90% of your belongings be packed before the ceremony. It will make your life a lot easier.

What if there is damage to my room?

Remaining deposit funds (minus any fees) will be returned to you in the summer.

Why should I give to my Senior Class Campaign?

As new graduates, you will be a vital part of the young alumni community of Albion. Your gifts as an alumnus/alumna benefit Albion’s programs and your department, sport, organization(s), professors and friends still at Albion. We hope that you will give back to Albion. Too often, students do not realize the significant impact that gifts from alumni have on campus. Think of your scholarship, the buildings where you study, the Library, the Athletic Fields, the Stack… In order to keep Albion at its best, we need all of our alumni!

And it’s easy. The Senior Class Campaign Committee is asking you to give just $20.16 to the area that you most want to support and commemorate your year.

How do I make my gift?

Three easy ways:

1. Online at www.albion.edu/givenow

2. With a check made to Albion College and your desired designation in the memo line, sent through campus mail to the Office of Institutional Advancement, attn: Gerica Lee.

3. With cash, placed in an envelope. Include your full name, phone number, and a description of what you'd like your donation to support. Deliver to Gerica Lee, Ferguson, third floor.

If I keep my contact information current, aren’t I just going to hear from Albion when the College asks for money?

No! There are many reasons to keep your information up to date. The College communicates with alumni in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons—these include updates on campus happenings, the BritOnLine e-newsletter, Io Triumphe! magazine, email invitations to special events, calls for nominations for Young Alumni Awards, surveys asking for your opinions, and much more. The Office of Alumni Engagement reaches out on a regular basis with opportunities to give back without giving a dime. When the request comes to update your information, you are safe to give your email address and cell number—those are the best ways to stay in touch with Albion.

What is the Albion College Alumni Association?

As a graduate of Albion College, you are automatically a member of the Albion College Alumni Association. There are no dues, no applications process—you are a member of this distinguished group simply because you attended Albion College. This group serves as a means to connect you to others in the Albion family, provide you with social and professional networking opportunities, and bring you access to benefits unique to those associated with Albion College. For information on how your status as an alumna/alumnus provides numerous advantages to you, stay connected through www.albion.edu/alumni.

Why are young alumni considered BOLD?

The Albion College Alumni Association has developed this special space for alumni who have received their degrees within the past 10 years. You are a BOLD—a Brit Of the Last Decade! As young alumni, you are an important part of the Briton family!

As your "real world" experience develops and you put your degree to work, we are here to support you and help you support one another. Albion College will be in contact with you about events and services designed specifically for our younger alumni. We hope you will remain an active member of the Albion family. It is up to you to determine what your role will be. Whether you stay in Michigan or move across the country, there is likely a group of other Albion alumni who frequently get together in your home area.

We also encourage you to nominate your peers for Albion's Young Alumni Awards program. And Albion's Career and Internship Center stands ready to serve you, should you need additional assistance after graduation. All resources available to current students are offered to alumni as well.

What are Regional Alumni Chapters and where are they?

Regional alumni chapters are a way to stay connected to Albion after graduation, and a way to connect to other alumni who share your history as a Briton! By joining the Alumni chapter in your area, you will have opportunities to get together with fellow Brits for social events (happy hours, baseball games…), professional networking, service projects, guest speakers and much more. These regional groups serve, support and participate in the life of Albion; connect alumni with each other; and represent Albion to others—they’re a lot of fun!

Chapters are currently located in:

Albion Chicago
Detroit Great Lakes Bay (Saginaw/Bay City/Midland)
New England Southern California
Southwest Michigan (Kalamazoo) Northern Michigan (Traverse City)
Washington, D.C. West Michigan (Grand Rapids)


When you get settled after graduation, find the Chapter nearest you and like it on Facebook. To learn more about Regional Chapter activities, go to www.albion.edu/alumnichapters.

Phone Numbers You May Need

Institutional Advancement and College Events x0448
Registrar's Office x0216
Campus Programs and Organizations x0433
Career and Internship Center x0332
Bookstore x0391
Student Affairs x0226
Chaplain's Office x0492