For Guests


Commencement is on May 2, 2020 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, announcements about a delay or change in location will be made.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus as we celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of your student. Family and friends are welcome to attend* the Commencement ceremony. Below is information to help you plan your visit!

*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 two 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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 1

3:00 p.m.

Graduate Reception

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

Faculty, staff, graduates and their families are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2020 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 an Albion College tradtion featuring senior recognition, music, scripture/reflections, and a senior charge for graduates to share with their families, friends, and the Albion College community.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Location: Lower Baldwin, Cafe

Families Welcome!

All graduating seniors are provided meals in Lower Baldwin including this graduation dinner. Adults $10.75, Children under 9 $6.10, Children under 3 no charge.

Saturday, May 2

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Location: Lower Baldwin, Cafe

Families Welcome!

Join your senior for a graduation breakfast. Special menu! Adults $8.75, Children under 9 $6.10, Children under 3 no charge. (All graduating seniors are provided meals in Lower Baldwin including this special graduation breakfast.)

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

Open Reception

Location: Kellogg Center

Complimentary light morning refreshments will be available at the Kellogg Center for all Commencement guests. No tickets are required.

1:00 p.m.


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.

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.


Albion College Commemorative Brick Walkway leading to the Dow Center.Buy a Brick!

For each gift of $500, a Commemorative Brick will be ordered for you with an inscription of your son or daughter's name and class year or the name(s) of an individual(s) they wish to honor. After viewing your brick at the Commemorative Brick Table at Commencement, your brick will then be permanently displayed in the Commemorative Walkway at the Albion College Athletic Complex. To have your brick ready at Commencement, please return the form by April 2.

Purchase a Book with a Book Plate!

With a gift of $100 or more, a new Albion College Library Book will carry a commemorative book plate that will honor your son or daughter's name or the name(s) of any person(s) they wish to honor. The book will be chosen based on the needs of Stockwell-Mudd Libraries and a notice will be mailed to you indicating the book's title and the name of the person you honored. To have your commemorative library book plate ready by Commencement, please return the form by April 2.

Invest in Another Student!

Consider making a donation in your graduate's name to the Briton Scholarship Fund. This fund benefits hundreds of students every year and is a wonderful way to "pay forward" to benefit a deserving student in the year ahead. Simply mark the appropriate box on the gift form. A commemorative card will be given to you at Commencement if you return the enclosed form by April 2.

Please consider purchasing a commemorative gift or donation for your son or daughter today. What better way to recognize your student's efforts and to add continuing value to their degree?

Use the form listed below to give a commemorative gift. To download the PDF form, right-click on the link below and choose Save As... from the shortcut menu.

pdf Commemorative Gift Form

Please return this form and payment no later than April 2 to:

Albion College Office of Alumni Engagement
Albion College
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224
Phone: 517/629-0448

Handicapped/Special-Needs Seating and Parking

Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the lot behind the library at Oswego and Cass Streets.

A Sign Language interpreter will be located near the Commencement platform and special seating is available.

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.

Tickets and Seating

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 tickets via their campus mailbox about two weeks prior to the ceremony.

For family members without tickets, spaces on campus will be open and showing a live stream of the ceremony.

There are a limited number of tickets due to the fire code regulations in Goodrich Chapel. Therefore, tickets are necessary if the ceremony is held indoors.

We do not have replacement tickets for lost tickets.

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