Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

See pictures of the 2017 commencement

This year's Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. on the Quad in front of Kresge Gymnasium. Graduating seniors have received a packet of information outlining details of the day.

In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved to Goodrich Chapel—this decision will be announced via email and on the Albion College website. If the ceremony takes place indoors, tickets will be required. Students will receive three tickets prior to the event for distribution to friends and family. If the celebration is able to be held outdoors, seating is unlimited and tickets are not required.

Albion College 2017 Commencement Exercises

Friday, May 5

11:00 a.m.

Graduate Rehearsal

Location: Goodrich Chapel

Mandatory, unless you are off campus this semester. Detailed instructions will be provided at this rehearsal so it’s very important that you attend. The Registrar’s Office will also hand out Honors Cords at this time.  

12:00 p.m.

Graduate Lunch

Location: Sciene Atrium

Faculty and staff will congratulate our class of 2017 graduates at the Senior Luncheon. This will be a time to mingle, take photos, talk about your memories from the last four years at Albion while enjoying a stand up reception style lunch. Students will receive their graduation gift during this program and be honored for giving to the senior class gift!

7:30-9 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service

Location: Goodrich Chapel

This is a wonderful tradition at Albion College that features senior recognition, music, scripture and a senior charge by our president Mauri Ditzler.  This year Rev. Stephen Charnley, pastor of  First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, MI, and Albion College Trustee, will share “words of wisdom” with our graduates. This is one of the culminating experiences that seniors can share with their families, friends and Albion College community before Commencement.  Light refreshments will be served after this brief (1 hour) service.

For more information, contact Rev. Donald Phillips, College Chaplain, at or 517/629-0492.

Saturday, May 6

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Open Reception

Family and friends of the graduate are welcome!

Location: Kellogg Center

1 p.m.

Ceremony

Location: Outside on the College Quadrangle, in front of Kresge Gymnasium

Processional: 12:45 p.m. We ask that you please be seated by 12:30 p.m.

Caps, Gowns, Announcements, Diploma Frames and Class Rings

All students participating in Commencement exercises are required to wear proper academic dress. Caps and gowns may be purchased in the Bookstore of the Kellogg Center, or by calling 517/629-0305.

Graduation Photos

A picture of each graduating senior will be taken by a professional photographer after he/she exits the platform. Following Commencement, a photo proof will be mailed to the student's permanent address. Please understand that this is provided as a service and that you are under no obligation to order senior Commencement pictures.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VISITORS: Beginning April 17, M-99 (Superior Street) in downtown Albion will be closed from Michigan Avenue to Ash Street for significant upgrades. Please visit our Maps, Directions, and Parking page or the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) website for more information.