Academic Calendars

Winter Term 2023

Jan. 6 - January Orientation
Jan. 8 - Residence Halls Open
Jan. 9 - Classes Begin for Winter 2023 Term
Jan. 12 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the First Six-Week Term
Jan. 12 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the First Six-Week Term
Jan. 13 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the First Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Jan. 13 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for Thirteen-Week Term
Jan. 16 - College Closed for Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 20 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Thirteen-Week Term
Jan. 23 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Thirteen-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Jan. 26 - Fall Degree Conferral
Feb. 6-10 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for First Six-Week Courses
Feb. 8 - Incompletes From Previous Terms Become Grades
Feb. 10 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the First Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Feb. 18 - Winter 2023 First Six-Week Classes End
Feb. 18-26 - Winter 2023 Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of Saturday classes)
Feb. 21 - Winter 2023 First Six-Week Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 21 - Winter 2023 Mid-Term Grades Due
Feb. 27 - Winter 2023 Classes Resume
Feb. 27 - Classes Begin for Winter 2023 Second Six-Week Courses
Mar. 2 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Second Six-Week Term
Mar. 2 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Second Six-Week Term
Mar. 3 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Second Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Mar. 6-17 - Advising for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023 Terms
Mar. 20-23 - Registration for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023 Terms
Mar. 20-31 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Thirteen-Week Courses
Mar. 24 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Thirteen-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Mar. 29-31 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Second Six-Week Courses
Mar. 27 - Winter 2023 Student Course Evaluations Begin
Mar. 31 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Second Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Apr. 8 - Winter 2023 “Classes” End
Apr. 10-14 - Winter 2023 Final Exams
Apr. 14 - Winter 2023 Student Course Evaluations Ends
Apr. 15 - Winter 2023 Term Ends
Apr. 15-23 - Spring 2023 Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of Saturday classes)
Apr. 17 - College Closed for Spring 2023 Break
Apr. 17 - Winter 2023 Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m. (NOTE: Grades due on this date even though College is closed.)

Spring Term 2023 : Six-Week Term

Apr. 23 - Residence Halls Open
Apr. 24 - Classes Begin for Spring 2023 Six-Week Term
Apr. 26 - Spring 2023 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
Apr. 27 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Six-Week Term
Apr. 27 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Six-Week Term
Apr. 28 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
May 3 - Spring 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 10 - Spring 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 17 - Spring 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 22-26 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Spring 2023 Courses
May 23 - Incomplete From Previous Terms Become Grades
May 24 - Spring 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 26 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
May 29 - Memorial Day 2023 (NOTE: Classes for SP23 and SP23A will be held on this date. Some administration offices will be closed to observe the 2023 Memorial Day holiday.)
May 30 - Evening Classes Last Meeting for Spring 2023 Term
May 31 - Spring 2023 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
May 31 - Graduating Students Morning and Evening Final Grades Due by 2:00 p.m. For the afternoon classes, grades are due by 4:30 p.m.
May 31 - Spring 2023 Six-Week Term Ends
June 1 - Faculty Degree Conferral Vote
June 3 - Candlelight Ceremony, 9:00 p.m.
June 4 - Commencement 2023, 11:00 a.m.
June 4 - Spring Degree Conferral Date
June 5 - College Closed for Commencement 2023 Break
June 6 - All Remaining Spring 2023 Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.

Spring Term A 2023 : Nine-Week Term

Apr. 24 - Classes Begin for Spring A 2023 Nine-Week Term
Apr. 26 - Spring A 2023 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
May 2 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Nine-Week Term
May 2 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Nine-Week Term
May 3 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Nine-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
May 3 - Spring A 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 10 - Spring A 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 17 - Spring A 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 24 - Spring A 2023 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 29 - Memorial Day 2023 (NOTE: Classes for SP23 and SP23A will be held on this date. Some administration offices will be closed to observe the 2023 Memorial Day holiday.)
May 31 - Spring A 2023 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
June 5 - College Closed for Commencement 2023 Break
June 7 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Nine-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
June 7-9; 12-16 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Nine-Week Courses
June 24 - Spring A 2023 Nine-Week Term Ends
June 27 - Spring A 2023 Nine-Week Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.

Summer Term 2023

May 29 - Memorial Day 2023 (NOTE: Classes for SP23 and SP23 A will be held on this date. Some administration offices will be closed to observe the 2023 Memorial Day holiday.)
June 4 - Commencement 2023, 11:00 a.m.
June 5 - College Closed for Commencement Break
June 6 - Classes Begin for Summer 2023 Nine-Week Term
June 14 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Nine-Week Term
June 14 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Nine-Week Term
June 15 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Nine-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
June 26 - Classes Begin for Summer 2023 Six-Week Term
June 29 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Six-Week Term
June 29 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Six-Week Term
June 30 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
July 3-4 - College Closed for Independence Day = TBA
July 14-15 - Summer 2023 New Student Orientation I
July 18-19 - Summer 2023 New Student Orientation II
July 20 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Nine-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
July 21-Aug. 1 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Nine-Week Courses
July 24-31 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Six-Week Courses
July 31 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Aug. 8 - Summer 2023 Term Ends
Aug. 10 - Summer 2023 Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.

Fall Term 2023

Aug. 24-27 - Fall 2023 Fall Welcome
Aug. 27 - Residence Halls Open for Returning Students
Aug. 28 - Classes Begin for Fall 2023 Term
Aug. 31 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for First Six-Week Term
Aug. 31 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the First Six-Week Term
Sept. 1 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the First Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Sept. 1 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Thirteen-Week Term
Sept. 4 - Classes Meet; All Offices are Open (Labor Day)
Sept. 8 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Thirteen-Week Term
Sept. 11 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Thirteen-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Sept. 14 - Summer Degree Conferral
Sept. 25-29 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for First Six-Week Courses
Sept. 26 - Incompletes From Previous Terms Become Grades
Sept. 29 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the First Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Oct. 7 - Fall 2023 First Six-Week Classes End
Oct. 7-10 - Fall 2023 Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of
Saturday classes. On Mon. and Tues., no classes will be held; College offices are open. )
Oct. 10 - Fall 2023 First-Six Week Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 - Fall 2023 Mid-Term Grades Due
Oct. 11 - Fall 2023 Classes Resume
Oct. 11 - Classes Begin for Fall 2023 Second Six-Week Courses
Oct. 16 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Second Six-Week Term
Oct. 16 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Second Six-Week Term
Oct. 16-27 - Academic Advising for Winter 2024 Classes
Oct. 17 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Second Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 - Registration for Winter 2024 Classes
Oct. 31 - Last Day to File for June 2024 Graduation in The Office of the Registrar
Nov. 3 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Thirteen-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Nov. 10 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for Second Six-Week Courses. After this date, grade earned will be posted.
Nov. 13-17 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Second Six-WeekCourses
Nov. 13-Dec. 1 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Thirteen-Week Courses
Nov. 18-26 - Thanksgiving 2023 Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of Saturday classes) Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 23, 2023
Nov. 20-24 - College Closed for Thanksgiving 2023 Break = TBA
Nov. 27 - Fall 2023 Classes Resume; Offices Reopen
Nov. 27 - Fall 2023 Student Course Evaluations Begin
Dec. 2 - Fall 2023 “Classes” End
Dec. 4-8 - Fall 2023 Final Exams
Dec. 8 - Fall 2023 Student Course Evaluations End
Dec. 9 - Fall 2023 Term Ends
Dec. 9 – Jan. 8, 2024 - Holiday Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of
Saturday classes)
Dec. 11 - Fall 2023 Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 25 - Jan. 1, 2024 - College Closed for Holiday Break (all employees will return back to campus on Jan. 2, 2024) = TBA

Winter Term 2024

Jan. 5, - January Orientation
Jan. 7 - Residence Halls Open
Jan. 8 - Classes Begin for Winter 2024 Term
Jan. 11 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the First Six-Week Term (census date for first 6 wks)
Jan. 11 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the First Six-Week Term
Jan. 12 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the First Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Jan. 12 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for Thirteen-Week Term
Jan. 15 - College Closed for Martin Luther King Day = TBA
Jan. 19 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Thirteen-Week Term
Jan. 22 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Thirteen-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Jan. 25 - Fall Degree Conferral
Feb. 5-9 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for First Six-Week Courses
Feb. 7 - Incompletes From Previous Terms Become Grades
Feb. 9 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the First Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Feb. 17 - Winter 2024 First Six-Week Classes End
Feb. 17-25 - Winter 2024 Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of
Saturday classes)
Feb. 20 - Winter 2024 First Six-Week Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 20 - Winter 2024 Mid-Term Grades Due
Feb. 26 - Winter 2024 Classes Resume
Feb. 26 - Classes Begin for Winter 2024 Second Six-Week Courses
Feb. 29 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Second Six-Week Term
Feb. 29 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Second Six-Week Term
Mar. 1 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Second Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
Mar. 4-15 - Advising for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2024 Terms
Mar. 18-21 - Registration for Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 Terms
Mar. 18-29 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Thirteen-Week Courses
Mar. 22 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Thirteen-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Mar. 25-29 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Second Six-Week Courses
Mar. 25 - Winter 2024 Student Course Evaluations Begin
Mar. 29 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Second Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
Apr. 6 - Winter 2024 “Classes” End
Apr. 8-12 - Winter 2024 Final Exams
Apr. 12 - Winter 2024 Student Course Evaluations Ends
Apr. 13 - Winter 2024 Term Ends
Apr. 13-21 - Spring 2024 Break (Saturday classes will meet as scheduled, break begins at the conclusion of
Saturday classes)
Apr. 15 - College Closed for Spring 2024 Break = TBA
Apr. 15 - Winter 2024 Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m. (NOTE: Grades due on this date even though College is closed.)

Spring Term 2024

Apr. 21 - Residence Halls Open
Apr. 22 - Classes Begin for Spring 2024 Six-Week Term
Apr. 24 - Spring 2024 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
Apr. 25 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Six-Week Term
Apr. 25 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Six-Week Term
Apr. 26 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Six-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
May 1 - Spring 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 8 - Spring 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 15 - Spring 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 20-24 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Spring 2024 Courses
May 21 - Incomplete From Previous Terms Become Grades
May 22 - Spring 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 24 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Six-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
May 27 - Memorial Day 2024 (NOTE: TBA Classes for SP24 and SP24 A will be held on this date. Some administration offices will be closed to observe the 2024 Memorial Day holiday.)
May 28 - Evening Classes Last Meeting for Spring 2024 Term
May 29 - Spring 2024 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
May 29 - Graduating Students Morning and Evening Final Grades Due by 2:00 p.m. For the afternoon classes, grades are due by 4:30 p.m.
May 29 - Spring 2024 Six-Week Term Ends
May 30 - Faculty Degree Conferral Vote
June 1 - Candlelight Ceremony, 9:00 p.m.
June 2 - Commencement 2024, 11:00 a.m.
June 2 - Spring Degree Conferral Date
June 3 - College Closed for Commencement 2024 Break = TBA
June 4 - All Remaining Spring 2024 Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.

Spring A Term 2024

Apr. 22 - Classes Begin for Spring A 2024 Nine-Week Term
Apr. 24 - Spring A 2024 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
Apr. 30 - Last Day to Register or Add Courses for the Nine-Week Term
Apr. 30 - Last Day to Withdraw to Have Courses Removed From Transcript for the Nine-Week Term
May 1 - Withdrawal Period Begins for the Nine-Week Term. Grades of "W" will be posted on the transcript.
May 1 - Spring A 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 8 - Spring A 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 15 - Spring A 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 22 - Spring A 2024 Classes will Not be held on this Wednesday
May 27 - Memorial Day 2024 (NOTE: TBA Classes for SP24 and SP24 A will be held on this date. Some
administration offices will be closed to observe the 2024 Memorial Day holiday.)
May 29 - Spring A 2024 Classes Will be Held In-Person on this Wednesday
June 3 - College Closed for Commencement 2024 Break = TBA
June 5 - Last Day of the Withdrawal Period for the Nine-Week Term. After this date, grade earned will be posted on transcript.
June 5-7; 10-14 - Students May Elect S-D-F Grading Option for Nine-Week Courses
June 22 - Spring A 2024 Nine-Week Term Ends
June 24 - Spring A 2024 Nine-Week Final Grades Due by 1:00 p.m.

2022-2023 Asynchronous Academic Calendar

Winter 2023
Oct. 17 - Academic advising begins
Oct. 31 - Registration opens for Winter 2023 Asynchronous courses
Dec. 5 - Classes begin
Dec. 9 - Last day to add classes
Dec. 16 - Last day to drop courses
Feb. 6 - Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
Feb. 26 - Last day of the term
Mar. 3 - Final Grades submitted

Spring 2023
Jan. 17 - Academic advising begins
Jan. 30 - Registration opens for Spring 2023 Asynchronous courses
Mar. 6 - Classes begin
Mar. 10 - Last day to add classes
Mar. 17 - Last day to drop courses
May 8 - Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
May 28 - Last day of the term
Jun. 2 - Final Grades submitted

2023-2024 Asynchronous Academic Calendar

Summer 2023
(UO Term)
Mar. 6 - Academic advising begins
Mar. 20 - Registration opens for Summer 2023 Asynchronous courses
June 5 - Classes begin
June 9 - Last day to add classes
June 16 - Last day to drop courses
Aug. 8 - Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
Aug. 27 - Last day of the term
Sept. 1 - Final Grades submitted

Fall 2023
(FO Term)
Mar. 6 - Academic advising begins
Mar. 20 - Registration opens for Fall 2023 Asynchronous courses
Sept. 4 - Classes begin
Sept. 8 - Last day to add classes
Sept. 15 - Last day to drop courses
Nov. 6 - Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
Nov. 26 - Last day of the term
Dec. 1 - Final Grades submitted

Winter 2024
(WO Term)
Oct. 16 - Academic advising begins
Oct. 30 - Registration opens for Winter 2024 Asynchronous courses
Dec. 4 - Classes begin
Dec. 8 - Last day to add classes
Dec. 15 - Last day to drop courses
Feb. 5 - Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
Feb. 25 - Last day of the term
Mar. 1 - Final Grades submitted

Spring 2024
(SO Term)
Jan. 16 - Academic advising begins
Jan. 29 - Registration opens for Spring 2024 Asynchronous courses
Mar. 4 - Classes begin
Mar. 8 - Last day to add classes
Mar. 15 - Last day to drop courses
May 6 - Last day to withdraw with a grade of W
May 26 - Last day of the term
May 31 - Final Grades submitted

A graduate hugs a family member after commencement

Commencement 2023

This year’s Commencement will be Sunday, June 4, 2023 on the Carnegie lawn. We do not limit seating for the event so no tickets are issued. Guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

Students will line up on the west side of campus for the academic procession. If by Friday, June 2, 2023, the weather looks bad for Sunday, we will move to the Murray Athletic Center. Campus-wide announcements will be made with the location update. We are anticipating a live feed of the event so that families can watch the program on their personal devices. The link will be shared as we get closer to Commencement.

One rehearsal will be held for the Commencement Exercises at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2023. Students will line up on the west side of campus near the fountain and we will outline the program. All participating students should attend this rehearsal. We will not hold a rehearsal for the Candlelight Ceremony. That program and processional will be described at the Commencement rehearsal.

Commencement Participation

Undergraduate students who are more than nine credit hours away from completing their degree requirements and graduate students who are more than six credit hours from completing their degree requirements at the time of Commencement must receive permission from the Educational Standards Committee in order to participate in Commencement. Letters for the Committee can be sent to registrar@elmira.edu so that the requests can be put on the Committee’s agenda. If you are not sure how many credits you may be missing at the time of Commencement, please speak with your academic advisor.

Regalia, Graduation Honors, Diplomas, and Student Names

Academic regalia will be distributed from the Office of the Registrar, 113 McGraw Hall beginning in mid-March. Please remove wrinkles from your robe by hanging it up well in advance. Do not leave it in the package until the ceremony. If there are any problems with your regalia, contact the Office of the Registrar at (607) 735-1895 or registrar@elmira.edu. Graduates will keep their academic regalia.

Caps are worn well forward on the head, with the point halfway down on the forehead. Tassels on caps are worn on the right side of the cap, centered. Undergraduate students will be directed to move your tassel to the left side later in the ceremony. Men should remove and replace caps whenever the President does. This normally takes place during the invocation and final prayer. Women generally keep their caps on during the ceremony.

There should be nothing in your hands as you process; there will be programs on the seats of all participants. Please leave purses, phones, etc. with family or friends as there will be no storage location available during the ceremony. There is no smoking or vaping or carrying of tobacco.

Latin Honors regalia are awarded for baccalaureate students only, who achieve the cumulative grade point average indicated below. Latin Honors are calculated as of April 30, 2023 and are only awarded to those students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.400 or above at Elmira College and have completed all degree requirements at the time of Commencement. Students who will complete their degree requirements after Commencement will have Latin honors noted on their transcripts and diplomas when their degrees are conferred and not at the Commencement Ceremony.

  • summa cum laude (with highest honors): 3.800 to 4.000
  • magna cum laude (with high honors): 3.600 to 3.799
  • cum laude (with honors): 3.400 to 3.599

Elmira College uses American convention in the formatting of diplomas. Quoting from The Registrar's Guide: Evolving Best Practices in Records and Registration AACRAO (2006): "most [American] institutions do not include the student's major on the diploma... The diploma should remain uncluttered and elegant, with the transcript presenting the more detailed record.”

The diploma and the Commencement program will show students’ legal names. The Provost’s list, from which students will be introduced to receive their degrees, can be the students’ preferred names.

Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony will begin at 9:00 p.m., June 3, adjacent to The Puddle. All persons participating should be present by 8:30 p.m. Programs for this event may be secured in front of Gillett Hall.

Assuming we are outdoors for Candlelight, the line of march will form near the East Wing of Cowles Hall. Students will form two parallel lines. Precise order by name or by degree is not necessary for the Candlelight Ceremony. If you wish to sit with particular people, you must be in the same line, not side by side.

The Ushers will distribute the candles for the ceremony. At a signal, the students procession, in two columns, willmove down the steps in front of Alumni Hall and proceed, under the guidance of the Marshals, fully extending around The Puddle.

Seating for graduates will be on the lawn at the northeast end of the. There will be no recessional following the ceremony. At the end, graduates will join Senior Class President Rachael Callaway ’23 in a toast and sing the Alma Mater.

The Candlelight Ceremony has been planned as an alternative service to the more traditional Baccalaureate Service. While the focus of the program is on the traditional full-time undergraduate students, all commencement participants are welcome to attend. Students will be sitting on the ground and should dress appropriately.

Students light candles as part of the Senior Candlelight ceremony
Students smile during the Nurse Pinning Ceremony

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Students participating in this event will receive additional information from the Nursing Department, which will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 3, 2023.

Accessibility

Ushers will be available to assist with guest seating. The best accessible parking is the parking lot on 6thStreet, behind Harris and Watson Halls and the parking lots behind Alumni Hall. There are accessible restrooms available in both Harris Hall and Kolker Hall. Buildings and Grounds staff will be able to assist guests by bringing them to the seating area using golf carts if that is something that is needed. If we move to the Murray Athletic Center, there is elevator access to the floor level of the Hockey Arena.

Commencement will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 4. Students should assemble by 10:30 a.m. on the walkway on the west side of campus near the cross walk between the Fountain and Harris Hall. You should assemble wearing your cap, gown and hood.

Precise order is essentialin forming the lines of march for Commencement. A printed list will be provided at the Commencement rehearsal, Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. Check to see that you are next to the person listed before and after your name on the printed Line of March. The two columns begin the march at 11:00 a.m. The two columns of graduates will move at an approximately equal pace. Maintain a measured, slow pace. Should there unexpectedly be gaps in the line, DO NOT RUSH FORWARD. Continue walking at a slow pace. You will proceed to seats reserved for graduates, under direction of the ushers. Remain standing until entire procession is in place. President Lindsay will provide the signal for being seated.

Each candidate is presented individually by name in the following order:

A. Master of Science in Education

B. Master of Science

C. Bachelor of Arts

D. Bachelor of Science

E. Associate of Arts

F. Associate of Science

If you have earned two degrees (generally an AS and BS degree) you will process with higher degree level (the BS). Each student will come forward, at the direction of Commencement Ushers, and our tradition is that you will receive your diploma from President Lindsay, and then have your photograph taken at the Class Banner. Diplomas arepresented only to those who have completed all degree requirements and are in good financial standinghowever, all students will receive a diploma case.

Photographers

Professional photographers from GradImages will be photographing each graduate as they receive the diploma from President Lindsay and when they have descended from the platform, in front of the Class Banner. GradImages will send proofs of the photographs, as a gift, about one week after Commencement. You may order additional photographs from GradImages (www.gradimages.com).

Following Commencement

All are invited to a reception immediately following Commencement at the Campus Center. Punch and pastries will be served.

Campus Housing

All Residence Halls, including the College Cottages, will close on Sunday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m. Students should utilize the express check-out option or go to the Information Desk in the Campus Center to have a Residence Life staff member do a formal walk-through check-out of your room.

Social Guidelines

All College policies and social guidelines apply as long as students remain on campus.

Graduation Announcements and Diploma Frames

Announcements and diploma frames are available through this link for the McGraw Bookstore, https://www.diplomaframe.com/elmi.

Bookstore Hours

Friday, June 2, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Change of Address

Resident students should notify the Post Office of changes of address, noting specifically whether it is a temporary or permanent change. The Post Office will be open on Friday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please check your campus mailbox for mail.

Business Office Hours

Thursday, June 1, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, June 2, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gannett Tripp Library

Friday, June 2, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed

Sunday, June 4, 2023 Closed

The 1855 Room

Thursday, June 1, 2023 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May June 2, 2023 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 Closed

MacKenzie's*

Thursday, June 1, 2023 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Friday, June 2, 2023 Closed

Saturday, June 3, 2023 Closed

Campus Center Dining Hall*

Thursday, June 1, 2023 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 2, 2023 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 To be determined

Sunday, June 4, 2023 Closed

Campus Center

Thursday, June 1, 2023 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Friday, June 2, 2023 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, 2023 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*subject to change by Parkhurst Dining

Schedule for 2023 Commencement Weekend

Saturday, June 3, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. McGraw Bookstore will be open

10:30 a.m. Commencement Rehearsal, Carnegie Lawn – rain location will be Murray

Athletic Center

2:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Speidel Gymnasium

8:30 p.m. Assemble for Candlelight Ceremony, adjacent east end of Cowles Hall.

Rain location is the Speidel Gymnasium in Emerson Hall

9:00 p.m. Candlelight Ceremony, Cowles Hall Lawn

Sunday June 4, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. McGraw Bookstore will be open

10:30 a.m. Assemble for Commencement west side of campus

11:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony, Carnegie Lawn – rain location will be Murray

Athletic Center

Reception Immediately following Commencement at the Campus Center

5:00 p.m. All College residences close for the 2022-2023 academic year

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