Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2024 at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2024, on the Campus Quadrangle in front of Kresge Gymnasium.

In the case of rain, the start time may be adjusted to keep the ceremony outdoors and open to the public. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors inside Goodrich Chapel — this decision will be announced via email, and on the Albion College website and social media.

Questions? Please email commencement@albion.edu.


Important Dates

Friday, May 3

Commencement Rehearsal, Stroll and Champagne Toast

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Commencement Rehearsal (Goodrich Chapel)
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Senior Stroll through Quad with President Webster and Champagne Toast (Science Complex Atrium)

Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

To participate in Multicultural Celebrations, please contact the office of Campus Life (campuslife@albion.edu).

Saturday, May 4

Commencement Day!

  • 10-10:45 a.m. — Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony (Goodrich Chapel)
  • 1-3:30 p.m. — Commencement Ceremony (Outside on the College Quadrangle, in front of Kresge Gymnasium)
    • 12 p.m. — Graduate lineup (Outside Goodrich Hall)
    • 12:30 p.m. — Faculty and Platform Party lineup (Outside Goodrich Hall)

Commencement Livestream

Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony Toggle Accordion

When is Commencement? 

Commencement is on Saturday, May 4. Line up is at noon, and the 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.

Will there be a live webcast for family members who are unable to attend? 

Yes. The ceremony will be live streamed at albion.edu/commencement so your friends and family who are unable to attend in person can watch the ceremony live.

Caps and Gowns Toggle Accordion

Caps and gowns must be warn by all participating graduates. Caps and gowns are available for purchase in the Albion College Bookstore. The Bookstore is unable to offer online purchasing.

Pricing:

  • Cap and gown packages are $69.50 (This package includes a black tassel)
  • Cap $10
  • Tassel (Purple and Gold) $7

Graduating Seniors Toggle Accordion

Do I need to register to graduate? 

Yes, you must register for graduation with the Registrar’s Office.

Is there practice for Commencement?

Yes, mandatory Commencement rehearsal will take place at Goodrich Chapel on Friday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. During this rehearsal, we will walk through everything you need to know for the next day, hand out honors cords, and conduct a brief survey about your time at Albion. Immediately following rehearsal, you are welcome to join President Webster and fellow classmates for a final stroll through campus which will end at the Science Complex Atrium for a celebratory champagne toast.

Where do I get honor cords? 

You will receive honor cords 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 dept. or org. 

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 you have 90% of your belongings packed before the ceremony.  It will make your life a lot easier. 

Guests, Tickets and Seating Toggle Accordion

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.

Is there a procedure in place for inclement weather? 

In the case of inclement weather, Commencement will take place in Goodrich Chapel. Lineup for graduating seniors will occur in the Methodist Church next door promptly at 12 p.m. We will communicate any change in location via email, and on the College’s website and social media accounts.

Do guests need tickets to attend the ceremony? 

Seating is unlimited, if held outdoors on the Campus Quadrangle, and tickets are NOT required.

If the ceremony is held indoors (Goodrich Chapel) due to inclement weather, tickets will not be required for family members and supporters but please know that space is limited.

Access and Accessibility Toggle Accordion

What is the best way for people with disabilities and those with physical limitations to access the Quadrangle for the commencement ceremony? 

Individuals needing assistance should park in the lots on Cass and Oswego Streets immediately behind the library or in the lot behind Ferguson Hall. See the map for details. Albion staff will be providing rides on golf carts from these lots.

Is there an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter? 

Yes. An American Sign Language interpreter will be in attendance and easily viewable for those attending in person and virtually.

Are there sufficient restrooms? 

Yes, restrooms are available on all floors of Olin Hall, Kellogg Center, Ferguson Hall, and the Stockwell-Mudd Libraries. All restrooms are accessible. 

Are chairs provided for seating in the Quad?

Yes, seating will be available for guests including those needing ADA accommodations. Please feel free to bring your own blanket or chairs to enjoy the ceremony from the lawn.

Senior Class Gift Toggle Accordion

The Senior Class Gift is a long-standing Albion College tradition that began in the late-1800s. The graduating class members choose a project that exemplifies their experiences as students and through which they want to impact the College.

Learn more about the Senior Class Gift

Albion College Graduate Yard Signs Toggle Accordion

Yard Signs

“Proud of our Albion College Graduate” yard signs are available for purchase and pick-up on the day of Commencement outside of Mudd Library, while supplies last. Pre-order via the online order form or purchase on-site while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the 2024 Senior Class Gift: Career Closet.

The Courtyard Marriott in downtown Albion.

Planning Your Visit

Our bustling main street boasts restaurants, shops and a hotel just minutes from campus.

Visit Albion