Olivet College will honor the Class of 2017 with graduation exercises on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Cutler Event Center. Below is a listing of events for graduating seniors and their families.
Friday, May 19 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 $26.95 plus tax which is due when your order is placed. The deadline to order for Commencement is April 13.
Please contact the Olivet College Bookstore for further information regarding cap and gown ordering at 269.749.7394.
Friday, May 19 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.
Friday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kirk Center
Graduates and their families are invited to mingle with faculty and staff immediately following Baccalaureate. Business casual attire.
Saturday, May 20 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 of how many guests can attend the ceremony.
For Baccalaureate: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Commencement: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 Mary Anne McMullen, executive assistant to the provost, by calling 269.749.7131 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for special seating.
If you have further questions regarding Commencement, please contact Nicole Baker, assistant dean for academic records, by calling 269.749.7390 or via email email@example.com.