Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about graduation:

Q: Who can “walk” in commencement?
A: Seniors and graduate degree candidates who are on track to complete a degree by May, August or December of this year. All must apply for a degree date through GC Online.

Q: Are seniors required to participate in commencement activities?
A: All graduates are expected and strongly encouraged to participate. Please reply to the survey sent to you via email to indicate your commencement attendance plans.

Q: Where can I buy graduation announcements/invitations?
A: Beginning in early March, they are available in the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 14. Price is $.50 per invitation.

Q: What should I wear for commencement?
A: Academic regalia (gown, cap and tassel) is to be worn by all graduates and is provided by GC.  Undergraduate gowns are made from natural wood sources and will break down in the soil within one year, should you choose to throw it away. Master’s degree graduates will receive hoods at commencement but will need to return the gown and cap immediately following the ceremony.

Q: What is baccalaureate?
A: Baccalaureate is a worship service specifically planned by and for graduates and their families. President Stoltzfus will be preaching. Graduates are encouraged to attend and sit with their families and friends. There will be no formal processional at baccalaureate.

Q: Do I need tickets for guests who attend commencement?
A: No tickets are necessary. Seating is first-come; first-served. Doors of the Recreation-Fitness Center will open at 2:15 p.m. Graduates will line up in the Union hallway for the processional at 2:40 p.m. The commencement ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

Q: Will I receive my diploma at commencement?
A: You will receive a diploma cover in the ceremony. The actual diploma will be mailed in early June for May candidates. August grads’ diplomas will be available in the Registrar’s Office during August and, if not picked up, will be mailed to your permanent address. Student accounts must be paid in full to receive a diploma. Attractive frames, specially designed for Goshen diplomas, are available for purchase in the bookstore.

Q: My family/friends are coming from out of town. Where can they locate information about lodging and find directions to campus?
A: Travel instructions, including accommodations in Goshen, can be found at For accommodations and restaurants in the area, visit the Good of Goshen website.

Q: Where should guests park?
A: Guests may park in the lots next to the Music Center or College Mennonite Church (or in any other area designated for visitor parking). The Rec-Fitness Center parking lot will be available only for handicap accessible parking, not the general public.

Q: Is child care provided during commencement weekend?
A: No, Goshen College does not provide this service.