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Commencement 2019


Olivet College will honor the Class of 2019 with graduation exercises on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Cutler Event Center. Below is a listing of events for graduating seniors and their families.


Friday, May 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Mott Auditorium

Instructions regarding marching order, seating and program details will be covered at this event. Bring your cap and gown with you so you can prepare for Baccalaureate, which immediately follows. Rehearsal is mandatory for graduates participating in Commencement.

Cap and gown

You can order your cap and gown through the Olivet College Bookstore. The purchase price for a cap, gown and tassel is $25 plus tax which is due when your order is placed. The deadline to order for Commencement is April 5.

Please contact the Olivet College Bookstore for further information regarding cap and gown ordering at 269.749.7394.


Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Olivet Congregational Church
Lineup starts at 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Mott Academic Center. Traditionally, the Baccalaureate ceremony is designed by members of the senior class to be a blessing on our graduates.

Senior Celebration

Friday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kirk Center
Graduates and their families are invited to mingle with employees immediately following Baccalaureate. Business casual attire.


Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. in the Cutler Event Center

Lineup for graduates begins at noon. Graduates will receive their diplomas and hoods at this event. A professional photographer will take pictures of graduates, which may be ordered at a later date.

There is no limit as to how many guests may attend the ceremony.

Bookstore Hours

For Baccalaureate: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For Commencement: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon.


Parking is available in numerous lots adjacent to the Cutler Athletic Complex. Parking will be marked the day of commencement. Olivet College does not charge for parking at this event.

Handicapped accessibility or special needs

The Cutler Event Center is a handicapped accessible facility. Limited handicapped accessible parking is available. A State of Michigan disability parking placard or license plate is required for access to this area.

Special seating in a VIP section is available for guests in wheelchairs, those with limited mobility, or those with impaired hearing. Due to space restrictions, each guest in the VIP section is allowed to be accompanied by only one additional guest. For those with impaired hearing, a sign language interpreter will be located on the commencement platform in full view of the VIP section. Please contact Margaret Heppner, executive assistant to the provost, by calling 269.749.7618 or via email mheppner@olivetcollege.edu to make arrangements for special seating.

Other Information

If you have further questions regarding Commencement, please contact Margaret Heppner, executive assistant to the provost, by calling 269.749.7618 or via email mheppner@olivetcollege.edu.

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