Commencement: One Journey Ends…and Another Begins
Anderson University will celebrate the achievements of its students with Spring Commencement on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.
Commencement at Anderson University is more than a graduation ceremony. It is a moment when, as a campus family, we gather to recognize our students’ academic achievements, celebrate their growth, and honor their unique journey.
Welcome to one of the most important days of your life.
2023 Commencement Ceremonies
For May 2023 Commencement, there will be two ceremonies on-campus and livestreaming on this page. Students will be assembled by the academic unit of the primary major/program. See the listing and schedules below.
Limited to 6 guests in Henderson
Live-streamed option for overflow in the Student Center
Live-streamed online option
Guest Check-In: Guests are required to stop at one of the check-in stations in the lobby. They will receive a wristband after checking in. We have capacity in the auditorium for a maximum of 6 guests per student. The ceremony will be live-streamed in the Student Center Theater for overflow capacity.
Friday, May 5th 5:00 PM
(Masters and Doctoral)
Location: Henderson Auditorium, Rainey Fine Arts Center
Saturday, May 6th 9:00 AM
Location: Alumni Lawn
Rain Plan: NewSpring Church (see details)
Graduation Day Itinerary for Students
10:00 AM Commencement Ceremony
8:00 AM – Doors open for check-in in Henderson Auditorium
8:30 AM – Roll call in Daniel Recital Hall
10:00 AM – Commencement Ceremony
3:00 PM Commencement Ceremony
1:00 PM – Doors open for check-in in Henderson Auditorium
1:30 PM – Roll call in Daniel Recital Hall
3:00 PM – Commencement Ceremony
Regalia Information Pricing:
Bachelor’s degree: cap, gown, black tassel, and hood – w/tax = $85.60
Master’s degree: cap, gown, black tassel, and hood – w/tax = $90.95
Doctorate degree: tam, gown, gold tassel, and hood – w/tax = $171.20
Optional: souvenir tassel or tassel keychain – w/tax = $8.56 (each)
Honor Students and Additional Regalia Recipients:
You will receive the honor cord from the specific organization or department before the graduation ceremony OR from the Registrar’s Office during the ceremony rehearsals.
Purchasing Regalia at the AU Outfitters Campus Store
Come by AU outfitters and purchase in-store, or visit www.andersonuniversity.ecampus.com, then go to the graduation section of the shop.
Your regalia will be shipped to your home or you can choose to pick it up at AU Outfitters. Please check the appropriate box for the one you choose. Please note that you must purchase the regalia pieces separately, they do not come as a “package”. If you do not know your hood color, you may call the store at 864.231.2010 and we will let you know what color to order for your major. (We also will double check your hood color when ordered from the list we have obtained from the registrar’s office) Note: If we happen to be out of stock in the gown size and or hood you need, you will be contacted once the order has arrived.
Anderson University diploma frames are available to purchase on our website. The diploma frame is a custom order; please allow 4-6 weeks for the item to arrive. This item is not eligible for expedited shipping.
Announcements are fulfilled and shipped directly from Balfour and can be purchased online at www.balfour.com/anderson.
Additional information: if you have any questions, please feel free to contact AU Outfitters at 864.231.2010.
Diploma Distribution: Graduates will receive empty diploma covers during the ceremony. The diplomas will not be available on the day of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed by January 31, 2023 and students will receive an email to the AU email with a tracking number once the diploma has been mailed.
Photography: The university is contracted with Pro Pics to provide photography for graduation, no photographers outside of the University will be allowed on the premises. After the event, you are more than welcome to use the campus for a photo shoot. www.AUphotos.com
Guests can arrive as early as 8:45 for the 10:00am ceremony and 1:45 for the 3:00pm ceremony.
The ceremony lasts around 1.5 hours.
Yes, shuttle service will be available for those who need it.
The restrooms are located in the Henderson Lobby.
The University is contracted with Pro Pics to provide photography for graduation, no photographers outside of the University will be allowed on the premises. After the event, you are more than welcome to use the campus for a photo shoot.
Graduates are allowed 6 guests each.
10:00 AM Livestream