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The Hope College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Congratulations! Commencement recognizes the hard work and dedication Hope students have demonstrated and signals the beginning of their lifetime as a Hope College alumnus. In an effort to help all fully enjoy this accomplishment, the following information has been prepared to help answer questions in relation to Commencement Weekend activities.

Please note that participation in the ceremony is not the same as graduation. Check the Registrar's Office website for graduation information. Students check their degree evaluation to determine graduation course requirements. Eligibility for the May 2016 Commencement ceremony includes students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and whose graduation date is December 2015, May 2016, July 2016 or December 2016. Students must apply to graduate to be on the ceremony list.

Official college communication regarding commencement is sent to Hope student e-mail addresses. Students will receive updates on the following events as they occur. If a student applied to participate in the ceremony and is not receiving these e-mails, please contact Elizabeth Steenwyk in the Registrarís Office (

The Office of Alumni and Family Engagement will also send informational e-mails to parents. Families may update parent contact information with the college at

Commencement will be live-streamed at

Share the excitement of Commencement Weekend using #Hope2016 as you post on social media.