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Rain Plan

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Baccalaureate and Commencement have been postponed until further notice.


Lawless Chapel


Baccalaureate: Lawless Chapel, 6 p.m.

Timeline for Baccalaureate


Arrival time:

4:15 p.m. - Students robe in Will Alexander Library, 1st floor

5:00 p.m. - Faculty and professional staff robe in Rosenwald Hall first floor and Room 114

5:00 p.m. - Platform party robes in Lawless Mini Chapel

5:30 p.m. Lineup

5:35 p.m. Pre-ceremonial begins

5:45 p.m. Procession begins

6:00 p.m. Program begins

7:15 p.m. Program ends 


Robing for Baccalaureate: If needed, graduates, faculty, and staff will be given umbrellas to process from their robing area to Lawless Chapel.


·       President, cabinet, trustees, speaker, platform marshals- Lawless Mini Chapel

·       Choir – Lawless Social Room

·       Graduating class and student marshals –1st floor Will Alexander Library

·       Faculty/staff and faculty/staff marshals– Rosenwald 114 and main hall




Commencement: Avenue of the Oaks, 9:00 a.m.

Timeline for Commencement


Arrival times:

Volunteers:  5:45 a.m.

Graduates:  7:00 a.m.

Golden Graduates:  7:30 a.m.

Faculty and Staff:  7:30 a.m.

Platform Party (to include honorary degree candidates) and Guests: 7:45 a.m.

Lineup: 8:15 a.m.

Procession: 8:45 a.m.

Program begins: 9:00 a.m.

Program ends: 11:30 a.m. 

Robing:  Will be as normal


·       Graduates – Lawless Chapel

·       Golden Graduates – Stern Hall, Room 102/103

·       Platform Party – Rosenwald Hall, Room 208 (President’s Boardroom)

·       Faculty and staff – Stern Hall, 1st Floor Hallway



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