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Commencement Information - Schedule

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2015 Commencement Weekend Information

Friday, May 22, 2015

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Commencement Walk-Through Event for Traditional Students Only
Front Lawn

Please plan to participate in this informative meeting. The Commencement Committee will walk graduating seniors through the commencement ceremony, beginning with line-up instructions for the "march" from the front lawn and ending with seating instructions within the Crum Recreation Center.

Traditional Graduates: Remember to wear your cap and gown to the walk-through for the Class of 2015 Photo

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Commencement Dinner 
Armington Center
(Reservations appreciated - please call 618.664.7147 by May 21, 2015 or complete our online RSVP form)


6:15 p.m. Line-up for Ivy Cutting
Spruce Mall - Front of Snyder Hall
(Rain location: H.J. Long Gymnasium)

This is a silent ceremony for traditional students that symbolizes the end of the students' college life together. Students please wear your cap and gown.

7:00 p.m. Line-up for Baccalaureate
Faculty & Students - Front Lawn 
(Rain Location: H.J. Long Gymnasium)

There is no walking order for this ceremony.

7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate 
Crum Recreation Center (An un-airconditioned facility)

Baccalaureate is a farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to the graduating class. Seating is open for family and friends.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Commencement Breakfast Reception 
President's Residence, 422 East Main, Greenville IL 62246

President Ivan Filby and his wife, Kathie Filby, invite you to the 45th Annual Commencement Breakfast Reception. This reception is open to parents, families and graduating seniors (no reservations are required)

8:30 a.m. - Open seating begins for the Adult, Graduate & UTEP ceremony 
Crum Recreation Center (An un-air conditioned facility)

Additional seating is available in the Armington Center, with large screen viewing of the commencement ceremony. This area is air-conditioned, handicap accessible and ideal for families who desire space for young children.

9:00 a.m. - Line-up for Adult, Graduate & UTEP Students
Front Lawn
(Rain location: H.J. Long Auditorium)

9:15 a.m. - Faculty Line-upFront of Student Union

10:00 a.m. - Commencement - Adult, Graduate & UTEP 
Crum Recreation Center

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Luncheon - Available by Sodexo 
Armington Center
(Reservations required- please call 618.664.7147 by May 21, 2015 or complete our online RSVP form)

1:30 p.m.- Open seating begins - Traditional Ceremony 
Seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Crum Recreation Center (An un-air conditioned facility.)

Additional seating is available in Armington Center, with large screen viewing of the commencement ceremony. This area is air-conditioned, handicap accessible, and ideal for families who desire space for young children.

2:00 p.m. Line-up for Traditional Students - Front Lawn
(Rain Location: H.J. Long Gymnasium)

2:15 p.m. Faculty Line-up - Front of Sims Student Union

3:00 p.m. Commencement - Traditional Students - Crum Recreation Center

Guest Speaker: Kirk Elmquist, Tournament Director for Bass Pro Shops Legends at Big Cedar Lodge.

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. GC Choir Concert
Whitlock Music Center - James Wilson Recital Hall

Hear the college's concert choir present selections from their spring tour.