Graduation & Commencement

125th Commencement Weekend

April 29 — 30, 2023

Our in-person commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Ruth Gunden Gymnasium in the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center, and will include all the graduates, faculty and staff.

  • Tickets are required. If you don’t have tickets, you can line the sidewalk into the Rec-Fitness Center (RFC) by 2:50 p.m. for the processional. You can watch the livestream on campus in College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. And you can celebrate with the grads in person after the ceremony outside the RFC.
  • Masks are optional for all events during the weekend.
  • The Baccalaureate Celebration and Commencement Ceremony will be live-streamed for those unable to attend at

Weekend Schedule:

* Events will be live-streamed at

Saturday, April 29, 2023:

10 a.m., Commencement Rehearsal
Graduates meet in the hallway by the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Opportunity to sign alumni book

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Senior Art Exhibit
Music Center, Hershberger Art Gallery

1-5 p.m., Academic Department Receptions
Various locations

2 p.m., Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony

7:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Celebration*
Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall
Join the Class of 2022 at this celebration of their Goshen College experience
through music, dance, spoken word, pictures, art and more.

8:30 p.m., President’s Reception
Music Center Lobby and Courtyard
President Rebecca Stoltzfus and spouse Kevin Miller will greet graduates,
families and friends at this reception immediately following the Baccalaureate Celebration. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

Sunday, April 30, 2023:

12-1 p.m., Commencement Brunch
Westlawn Dining Hall
President Rebecca Stoltzfus and spouse Kevin Miller will host a special brunch
for graduates, families and friends.
Ticket purchase required: Adults $13 | Children (ages 5-12) $8
Children under age 5 free | Student meal plans still in effect
Tickets should be purchased in advance through the Goshen College Box office

2:40 p.m., Graduates line up for Processional
Hallway by Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

3 p.m, 124th Annual Commencement Ceremony* (Program booklet with all graduate names PDF)
Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center (Tickets required)
Featured speaker: Dr. John D. Roth, Goshen College Professor of History
Spanish translation for Commencement: Headsets and assisted listening devices are available at the Recreation-Fitness Center lobby desk. ASL Interpreting is available with designated seating and is wheelchair accessible. Links are available on for translation via the livestream.

Helpful Links

For Students

Social media: #gcgrad22

Follow the loving and celebration, and join in the fun! See our full campus social media directory for more ways to connect.


2023 Commencement Weekend

Members of the Goshen College Class of 2021 were recognized with a hybrid in-person and virtual ceremony during the college’s 123rd commencement weekend, April 23-25, 2021. The in-person commencement ceremony involved only graduates and faculty.


Senior Showcase (program .pdf)

Baccalaureate (program .pdf)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony (program .pdf)

Master’s of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony (program .pdf)


Commencement 2020

» Read: Goshen College celebrates ‘unforgettable Class of 2020’
» Read: President Stoltzfus’ speech: ‘A time for loaves and fishes’

» View the Virtual Commencement with American Sign Language interpretation
» View the Virtual Commencement with Spanish subtitles

» View the Virtual Commencement Booklet, with the names of all graduates (PDF)
» View the Virtual Commencement Program, with the order and names of those involved (PDF)