Commencement: One Journey Ends…and Another Begins

Anderson University will celebrate the achievements of its students with Winter Commencement on Friday, December 16.

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.

We welcome you to join us in Henderson Auditorium at the Rainey Fine Arts Center as we recognize the Anderson University Class of 2022.

Welcome to one of the most important days of your life.

December 16, 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

For December 2022 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.

Guest capacity

Limited to 6 guests in Henderson
Live-streamed option for overflow in the Student Center
Live-streamed online option

Friday, December 16, 10am

  • Center for Cybersecurity
  • Center for Leadership and Organizations
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • School of Public Service & Administration

Friday, December 16, 3pm

  • College of Christian Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Professions
  • School of Interior Design
  • The South Carolina School of the Arts

Location: Henderson Auditorium, Rainey Fine Arts Center

Winter Commencement speaker: Patty Slaughter, PhD


Dr. Patty Slaughter was born is Asmara, Ethiopia, where her parents were teachers working for the Peace Corps. After moving back to the states, her family settled in New York where she grew up as a NY Yankees and NY Giants fan! Her parents were both lifelong educators, and in high school Dr. Slaughter promised herself she was “never going to be a teacher.”

Dr. Slaughter didn’t keep that promise to herself. She has been teaching in higher education for over 25 years and is finishing her 12th year teaching at Anderson University. She is a licensed psychologist (in NY and NC) and has worked in several practice settings including -schools, churches, community mental health centers, and private practice. While she enjoys doing clinical work, Dr. Slaughter loves teaching and mentoring college students. One of the things she is known for among her students is wearing crazy colored socks with her Chaco sandals.

Dr. Slaughter has been married to her husband Dane for almost 30 years. They have two amazing daughters –Jadyn is an officer in the US Navy studying to be a Navy Physical Therapist, and Kaelyn is a college junior studying mechanical engineering at a school in TN. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family.

Dr Patty Slaughter

Information for the Ceremonies

Video Streaming:  For the convenience of family and friends who are unable to attend Commencement, we are pleased to provide a live video streaming option on our Commencement page.  Please check this page for the link that will be published when it becomes available.

Required Dress: Commencement participants must be dressed appropriately in attire suitable for formal church services or professional engagements.  No jeans, shorts, or casual footwear (e.g., flip-flops, athletic shoes, etc.) are permitted.  Avoid high heels and slick-soled shoes to limit chance of slips or falls.

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.

Parking Information: Guests are encouraged to park on lots B, C and D. Handicapped parking is located in lots D and E. See campus parking map here.


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.

Yes, AU Outfitters will be open from 9:00am to 5:30pm. You can also shop online here.


Livestreaming begins on December 16th.