Commencement Day Concessions and Receptions


Concessions will be available starting at 7:00am and will continue throughout the day for each ceremony. The concession stand will be outside of Merritt Athletic Facility. Hot and cold beverages, snacks, and hot lunch items will be available. 


Receptions for graduates, parents, and guests are sponsored by Campus Auxiliary Services and hosted by Academic Departments. They will be held immediately following each Commencement Ceremony. Light refreshments are served.

Morning Ceremony Reception Locations: MAP

Art History, Music, Musical Theater, and Theater: Reception in the Kinetic Gallery, Mac Vittie College Union.

Communication: Reception in the Knight Spot, located in Blake A.

Geography: Reception in the College Gazebo (rain location: The Knight Spot)

Anthropology, Black Studies, History and Psychology: Reception in the Mary Jemison Dining Facility.

Sociology: Reception in the College Gazebo (rain location: Sturges Auditorium)

American Studies, English, French, Spanish, Philosophy, International Relations and Political Science: Reception in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom

Afternoon Ceremony Reception Locations: MAP

Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics: Reception in the Milne Library (Main Floor).

Chemistry and Geochemistry: Reception in the 1st Floor of the ISC (formerly the Greene Lounge Area).

Geological Sciences: Off campus at Highland Park.

Please note: the Physics Department hosts a gathering for their graduates and their families prior to the afternoon ceremony in the Physics area of the ISC.

Accounting, Business Adminstration, and Economics: Reception in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom.

School of Education(all majors): Reception will be in Mary Jemison Dining Facility.

Mathematics: Reception will be in the Knight Spot, located in Blake A.


A detailed map of reception locations will be included in the Commencement Program. This will allow graduates to meet and greet with faculty from their academic areas.

Students and guests are encouraged to attend the reception in the location assigned to the academic area of the graduates' degree.