Graduation & Commencement

To be officially confirmed as a graduate and receive a diploma, you must submit an Application for Graduation & Diploma. All students must apply for graduation, regardless of whether or not you intend to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Degrees are conferred and diplomas issued in August, December, and May; and one Commencement ceremony is held in May. Potential graduates should see their advisor to initiate the application process.

Download Application for Graduation & Diploma (PDF)

Deadlines for application are as follows: July 1st for August conferral, November 1st for December conferral; and January 1st for May conferral.

Garrett College Class of 2015: Please complete the Graduate Survey before coming to rehearsal. (The Graduate Survey will be available in May 2015).

Commencement 2015 - Thursday, May 21st at 2:00

Graduation Rehearsal - Wednesday, May 20th (Graduates report to Room 931 in the CARC by 10:00 a.m.)

Caps and gowns will be distributed at rehearsal. Please plan to spend at least two hours; graduates will be organized for the processional, we will perform a run through of the ceremony, and a class picture will be taken.

Commencement - Thursday, May 21st (Graduates report to Room 931 in the CARC at 1:30 p.m.)

Commencement will be held at 2:00 in the CARC Gymnasium; no tickets are required. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Cap and Gown

The College provides caps and gowns to the graduates at no additional cost.  Graduates will pick up caps and gowns at the Graduation Rehearsal.

Guest Ticketing

The Commencement ceremony is open to the public; no tickets are required.

Commencement Speaker

The Commencement Speaker will be announced in early Spring 2015.


Parents and guests are encouraged to travel past the CARC Gymnasium and enter the Event parking lot located immediately after the gymnasium (between the gymnasium and the residential halls).

Maps & Directions