Spring Commencement Information

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 Spring  2015 Commencement
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Cowles Fieldhouse-Indianola Campus
Graduates please arrive at 9:15 a.m. for line up in Smith Chapel



Friday, May 1, 2015       

Baccalaureate – Smith Chapel, 7 p.m. This is an open service for graduates, their families, and friends.  There will be no academic procession, and caps and gowns will not be worn.

Senior Reception Matthew Simpson Room – 2nd floor, College Hall.  Following Baccalaureate there will be a reception for graduates, their families, and guests. (To avoid stairs, use the ramp on the north side of the building, proceed down the hall to the elevator.)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Refreshments: A full menu including coffee, juice and pastry options will be available for purchase from Millie’s Coffee Shop from 8 a.m. to Noon on the main level of Kent Campus Center.

Graduation Procession Line-Up, 9:15 a.m. Students should arrive at Smith Chapel attired in their caps and gowns. In front of Smith Chapel you will be given a card numbered to indicate your position in the procession. Go directly into the chapel and find the seat that matches the number on your card. Faculty will be in the chapel to help you find your place and to give final instructions. Valuables may be locked in the Small Chapel and must be picked up by 12:30 p.m.

RAIN SITE: Hubbell Hall, Kent Campus Center.  An announcement will be made by 9:00 a.m. if the rain site will be used.   Students should watch their e-mail, and the Simpson website for the announcement.

Commencement Ceremony – Commencement Ceremony – Cowles Gymnasium, 10 a.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. All seating is general seating, no tickets are required. Ushers on duty will be pleased to provide assistance to all guests. Anyone who would like to be seated near the sign language interpreters is asked to express that desire to an usher who will direct them to that specific area. A reception with light refreshments will be held following the ceremony on the Pedestrian Plaza east of the Kent Campus Center.

UPDATE* The north section of the Pedestrian Plaza (south of Girard Avenue) is open to two-way traffic to accommodate drop offs only in front of the Kent Campus Center. No parking will be allowed on the Pedestrian Plaza.

You can access the Athletic Complex and Cowles Fieldhouse in the following ways:

  • From D Street, enter on the west side of the Athletic Center (including handicapped access ramp) or enter the west entrance to Kent Campus Center and walk through the building and down the stairs to Cowles Fieldhouse;
  • From the Pedestrian Plaza, enter on the east side of the Athletic Complex or through the east side of the Kent Campus Center and walk through the building and down the stairs to Cowles Fieldhouse.

Handicapped parking spaces are located  in the Kent Center Parking Lot, McNeill/Hillman Parking Lot, Pote Theater Parking Lot and on D Street.

Handicapped access:

  • From D Street, use ramp on the west side of Athletic Complex down to Cowles Fieldhouse.
  • From the Pedestrian Plaza, enter the Athletic Complex, turn left and take the elevator from the main level to the lower level. When you reach the lower level, proceed down the hallway to Cowles Fieldhouse.
  • From the Pedestrian Plaza, enter the Athletic Complex and turn right to watch the ceremony through the windows above the gym from the “upper hallway” across from the athletic offices.  You can also enter from the Pedestrian Plaza through the main entrance to the Kent Campus Center and turn left to access this same space. This area will be equipped with a public address system and air conditioning. (The gym is not air conditioned.)