Commencement Tickets and Seating
Commencement is on May 7, 2016 and begins at 1 p.m. Please note that the Processional begins at 12:45 p.m.—all guests must be seated by 12:30 p.m.
The ceremony generally lasts about two hours and is held on the Campus Quadrangle, rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, before or during the ceremony, annoucements about a delay or change in location will be made.
Seating is unlimited and tickets are NOT required if the ceremony is held outdoors on the Campus Quadrangle.
If the ceremony is held indoors (Goodrich Chapel), Tickets will be required for any family members or friends who will be attending Commencement.
Each student will receive six tickets via their campus mailbox. Two tickets will be for Goodrich Chapel and Four for auxilary viewing in Kresge gymnasium.
Why do we have to have tickets if Commencement is held inside?
The College must abide by the fire code regulations for the number of people allowed in Goodrich Chapel. Therefore, tickets are necessary if the ceremony is held indoors.
We do not have replacement tickets for lost tickets.
Handicapped and Special-Needs Seating and Parking
Handicapped-accessible parking and special seating is available.
A Sign Language interpreter will be located near the Commencement platform.
Please call the Office of Campus Safety at 517/629-1234 to make arrangements for any guests needing barrier-free entrances or with other special needs.
Special Guest Reception Registration
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.
Wendell Will Room, Stockwell Library
A Message from the President
Welcome to Albion College!
Please join us on November 12 for Albion Spirit Day 2011. Once on campus, I think you'll quickly notice an energy and excitement we've been feeling throughout this fall semester.
New facilities always generate buzz, and this fall the campus community has been delighted with the improvements to the main floor of Stockwell Library. You may notice the first change before you walk in: After 30 years, Stockwell once again serves as the library entrance, having been moved from the adjacent Mudd building. Inside, the main floor has been transformed into Cutler Commons, a multifaceted and flexible learning space that features the latest technology, student-chosen furniture, and our new café, Read Between the Grinds, which offers coffee and pastries from Zingerman's of Ann Arbor. Students and faculty are taking full advantage of the invigorating space, which 1975 alumna Sally Stark Cutler made possible through her generous gift.
You'll see more additions at the football game vs. Trine University: our new football field and track as well as Brit, the first athletic mascot in Albion College's 176-year history. Schmidt-Fraser Field at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium was dedicated at Homecoming and honors Briton football coaching legends Pete Schmidt and Morley Fraser. The artificial turf surface can be cleared of snow during the winter, providing a year-round practice field for our student-athletes. The Elkin R. Isaac Track was replaced with a new base and all-weather running surface, and was accompanied by field event upgrades as well. The changes represent phase one of a multiphase plan for improvements to the College's athletic complex.
A large majority of our students regularly use our athletic and wellness facilities—whether they're student-athletes or intramural participants, or simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. On that note, the College is celebrating its theme year of wellness with regular activities and special events that promote health and wellness as a lifestyle for a lifetime. Of course, for students, preparing for life after Albion is a key component of wellness, and it starts from their first year on campus through the Albion Advantage, our four-year education model that thoughtfully integrates our rich liberal arts tradition with experience-based learning opportunities. In its second year, the Advantage already is helping students to realize their professional goals, offering them and their families assurance that in a challenging economy an Albion degree will enable graduates not only to find meaningful employment, but to make meaningful contributions to their communities and to society at large.
Spirit Day is a wonderful opportunity for Albion College and the Albion community to celebrate our heritage and together look toward the future—a future we're excited about. I hope that you take the time to look around, talk with our terrific faculty and students, and enjoy this special day on our campus. I look forward to seeing you on November 12.
Donna M. Randall
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Each year, Albion College presents the Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni who have distinguished himself or herself professionally and through service to Albion College. The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to publicly recognize alumni for distinguished personal and career accomplishments and for exemplary contributions to society that bring credit to Albion College. Additionally, the Distinguished Alumni Award publicly honors alumni who have performed distinguished service for Albion College through cumulative contributions or by an extraordinary act or effort that advances the College.
See this year's recipients
The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is presented to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and achieved a career of noteworthy accomplishment. Recipients are selected on the basis of excellence in career achievements and contributions to community/humanity.
Those chosen for this prestigious award must be distinguished in his or her chosen business, profession or life's work and be a person of such integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and renown that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College will take pride in, and be inspired by, his or her recognition. Career accomplishments, professional impact, and significant publications/research (primary authorship) will be considered when reviewing nominations.
The Distinguished Alumni Service Award
To honor the most outstanding gifts of service, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award aims to annually highlight and celebrate unselfish service and support to the College and/or Alumni Association. Recipients must have demonstrated a continuing interest in Albion College.
Nominees of this award must have contributed time, talent or financial resources to one or more programs to benefit the College. Recipients must be individuals who, in deed or action, reflect and recognize the importance of his or her education at Albion College, demonstrate pride in alma mater, and whose interest and loyalty are evident.
Past award recipients are listed by class year and year of induction. Read about the accomplishments of the 2014 recipients in the College's news release.
Do you have a nomination in mind for a Distinguished Alumni Award? The nomination process is always open! Submit your nomination now. Nominees must have graduated from Albion College in the last ten years. Nominations made after September 1 will be considered for the next academic year.
Achievement Nomination | Service Nomination
Up to eight Distinguished Alumni may be chosen annually. The men and women selected must meet the following criteria:
- Only alumni of the College shall be eligible for the award.
- Nominees must be living at the time the nomination is submitted.
Exempted from consideration for the award are current members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, members of the College's Board of Trustees (not including honorary Trustees), faculty, and staff. Once an individual is no longer in any of the above categories, s/he will be eligible for consideration.
For more information on Albion College's Distinguished Alumni Awards, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement.