Graduation & Commencement Weekend

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Commencement Weekend Event Schedule: April 29-30, 2017

Saturday, April 29

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Welcome Center open
10 a.m. – noon Commencement RehearsalMeet in Union Building hallway by mailboxes. Will end in Recreation-Fitness Center.
1:30 p.m. Senior Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony & Reception – Church-Chapel
1:30 – 5 p.m. Informal undergraduate academic departmental receptions (click to see full schedule) – graduates and families meet with professors and celebrate.
5 – 6 p.m. Dinner available for graduates, guests and faculty – Westlawn Dining Hall (normal rates apply)
7:30 p.m. Senior Class Program – Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall
(For those unable to attend, watch the live-streaming of the program.)
Program Order (PDF)
8:45 – 10:30 p.m. Presidential Reception for graduates and families – Music Center lobby and courtyard, hosted by President James E. Brenneman and Terri Plank Brenneman

Sunday, April 30

11 a.m. Baccalaureate worship service – Church-Chapel
Sermon by President James E. Brenneman
Spanish translation headsets and assisted listening devices are available for all who need them. ASL translation is also offered and the space is wheelchair accessible. 
(For those unable to attend, watch the live-streaming of the service.)
View the commencement booklet (PDF), which includes the Baccalaureate order of worship.
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Commencement Brunch for graduates, families and friends – Westlawn Dining Hall
Provost Kenneth Newbold will host.
Price: Adults – $10, Children 6-12 – $5, Children under 6 – free. Student meal plans still in effect. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets in advance at goshen.edu/tickets or at the Welcome Center by Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Dining Hall on Sunday for a higher price.
2:40 p.m. Processional line-up in Rec-Fitness Center Turf Room (moved from the Union due to the weather)
3 p.m. Commencement ceremony – Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center
Our commencement speaker this year will be Dr. Luis Fraga (pictured at right), co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Read more about Dr. Fraga.
No admission tickets needed. Spanish translation headsets and assisted listening devices are available for all who need them. ASL translation is also offered and the space is wheelchair accessible. (For those unable to attend, watch the live-streaming of the ceremony.)
View the commencement booklet (PDF) with schedules, order of service and a full listing of the graduates.
5 – 7 p.m. Informal academic program receptions for the RN-BSN, MS in Nursing and MA in Environmental Education programs (click to see full schedule) – graduates and families meet with professors and celebrate. Church-Chapel

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