For Graduates

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Senior Speaker Madison Kase

What a wonderful time is has been to have you at Albion College. Please find below information to help make your special day flow smoothly.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 1

2:00 p.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.

2:45 p.m.
Last Walk Through Campus

Location: Goodrich Chapel

Join your fellow graduates for a memorable final walk through campus as a student while faculty and staff cheer you on as you journey into alumni. We will take the Class of 2020 group photo along the route. Led by President Ditzler.

3:00 p.m.
Graduate Reception

Location: President’s House, 501 E. Michigan Ave.

Faculty, Staff, Graduates and their families are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at this special reception in the front lawn of President Mauri Ditzler’s home. Appetizers and beverages will be available.

4:30 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. Join Albion College Chaplain, Reverend Donald Phillips for a service in celebration of the Class of 2020. This is one of the culminating experiences that seniors can share with their families, friends, and the Albion College community before Commencement. Light refreshments will be served after this brief (one-hour) service.

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

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Baldwin Cafe

Families Welcome!

All graduating seniors are provided meals in Lower Baldwin including this graduation dinner. Special menu! Adults $8.75, Children under 9 $6, Children under 3 no charge.

Saturday, May 2

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Lower Baldwin, Cafe

Families Welcome!

All graduating seniors are provided meals in Lower Baldwin including this graduation breakfast. Special menu! Adults $8.75, Children under 9 $6, Children under 3 no charge.

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

Location: Kellogg Center

Family and friends of the graduate are welcome!

1:00 p.m.

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

Please report to designated areas in cap and gown no later than 12:00 p.m.

The Processional will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m. We must have sufficient time to line you up alphabetically to ensure the presentation of the correct diploma—yours. Please be on time or you risk the embarrassment of being on stage in the wrong order.

Proper academic regalia (cap and gown) must be worn by all graduating seniors participating in the Processional.

Graduating seniors are invited to acknowledge their participation in national academic and leadership honor societies by wearing one of the following for each society: 1) a cord, 2) a pin worn on the graduation robe, or 3) a medallion on a ribbon worn around the neck. Preference is for a cord or a pin, unless only a medallion on a ribbon is available. Current practice of wearing the Phi Beta Kappa cord, a cord for graduating with honors, and Kente Stoles and stoles representing the cultural heritage of our students will continue to be honored.

Graduating seniors who are members of Albion College-recognized student organizations are allowed to wear organization recognition cords only during the Commencement ceremony. Stoles, shawls, medallions, or other types of organization recognition cannot be worn on academic regalia.

Graduate Photos

A picture of each graduating senior will be taken by a professional photographer after they exit 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.

Order your graduation photo

Senior Speaker

Each year one of the top academic achievers of the graduating class is selected to share their thoughts and wisdom during the welcome at the Commencement Ceremony. It is a unique opportunity and honor to be selected to participate in this manner and to represent your peers.

Apply to be the Senior Speaker

This year's review process will begin shortly and will be conducted in the manner outlined below.

Selection Process

The selected speaker must be graduating with honors (minimum of cum laude designation), with a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The selected speaker must be in good social standing with the college and not on social probation.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020. Once you turn in your application, you will receive an email from the senior speaker project coordinator, giving you an audition time. Simply reply to the email to confirm your audition. Auditions will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Candidates will give their entire audition speech to the selection committee.

There is no set topic or focus for the remarks; however, candidates should approach their speech in a manner that conveys an appreciation of the event, which is Commencement at Albion College. Presentations will be judged on appropriate preparation, speech construction, topic and relevance of remarks for the commencement occasion and presentation/delivery. The speech is limited to 5 minutes in length.

All candidates will be notified of the selected speaker.

The selected speech will receive feedback from the selection committee regarding content and presentation. Areas of attention will be suggested by the selection committee and the speaker is asked to consider all comments. A representative from the selection committee who is a member of the communication arts faculty will be available for consultation prior to commencement.

Questions regarding this process should be directed to Pam Schuler in the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations at extension 517/629-0433 or at .

Past Student Speakers

  • Sarah Finn, '19
  • Madison Kase, '18
  • Julian Vandenberg, '17
  • Candance J. Cullens, '16
  • Bailey A. Judson, '15
  • Shonté Daniels, '14
  • Michael Albani, '13
  • Aaron Croad, '12
  • Caryn A. Miller, '11
  • Erika A. Nichols, '10
  • Hannah L. Scheiwe, '09
  • Lindsay A. Davis, '08
  • Hanna E. Robey, '07
  • Amanda K. Cross, '06
  • William R. Green, '05
  • Kelsey L. Hulse, '04
  • Alex T. Carroll, '03

Senior Horn

Auditions - April 22

Jordan Raiford, assisted by Sam Salhaney, sounds the Senior Horn at Commencement 2012.Auditions for Senior Horn will be held on Day of Woden during the event Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Please sign up by emailing Amy Richardson at .

The History of the Senior Horn

Jordan Raiford, assisted by Sam Salhaney, sounds the Senior Horn at Commencement 2012.In 1877, all 12 members of Albion College's senior class launched the Senior Class Horn tradition. The mission of the horn was to "remain in possession of the class that could best rally to its rumbling blare." (The Pleiad, May 29, 1923) The horn was commissioned by an Albion resident and was presented to the College after its completion. The large tin megaphone, seven feet long and painted with Albion's school colors, was then passed on to the class of 1878 with a warning to never let an underclassman handle the horn.

For the following 20 years, the horn was coveted by many Albion College organizations and was therefore the subject of numerous raids. The battered sides of the horn are signs of its eventful past. It was blown in the ears of professors and stolen many times—one class even managed to hide the horn for over a year. The Senior Horn was also sounded at sporting events, lectures, and at Commencement ceremonies prior to the speech of the guest lecturer.

In 1896, the senior class decided to surrender their rights to the horn and present it to the Albion College Oratorical Association. For years, it was then used as the trophy for the winner of the prestigious class oratory contests. For each contest, a metal plate bearing the name of the winner was mounted on the horn. After the discontinuation of the oratory contests in the mid-1950s, the horn was abandoned and stored in the Albion College Archives.

The horn was refurbished in 2000 and was dedicated. In 2003, as the senior class gift, the showcase and plaque currently displaying the Senior Class Horn were mounted in the Kellogg Center. The class horn tradition continues as it is sounded by a graduating senior prior to the student speaker at Commencement exercises.

{Photograph: Jordan Raiford, assisted by Sam Salhaney, sounds the Senior Horn at Commencement 2012.}

Senior Class Horn Sounders

  • Nick Taylor, 19 and Jacob Rushak, '19
  • Sadie Burghdoff, '18 and Andrew Malecki, '18
  • Vincent M. Plaskey, '17 and Elizabeth G. Witkowski, '17
  • Travell L. Oakes, '16 and Kallyn B. Hieftje-Conley, '16
  • Kyle A. Albrecht, '15 and Sean P. Turkington, '15
  • Brandon J. Douglas, '14 and Paul L. Lewis, '14
  • Maxwell L. Henkel, '13
  • Jordan Raiford, '12
  • Kelly A. Stetser, '11
  • Chelsea V. Gray, '10
  • Timothy M. Rambo, '09
  • Claire M. Furness, '08
  • Andrew N. Dill, '07
  • Emillia J. Mozdzen, '06
  • Matthew J. Walters, '05
  • Kyle E. Koehs, '04
  • Jackson R. Lanphear, '03

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