Getting Ready

Graduating this year? Here’s everything you need to know about participating in Commencement.

September 2015

Apply to Graduate

An email invitation will be sent to students with at least 74 earned credits. Follow the instructions for submitting your graduation application online via KnowHope Plus and indicate May Commencement ceremony participation. Applying by the deadline will allow you to participate in all planned events. Late applicants may miss out on votes, events, tickets and honors considerations.

October 2015

Deadline to apply for December 2015 Graduation

  • October 15, 2015

If you’re planning to graduate after the fall 2015 semester, submit your graduation application by October 15.

November 2015


  • November 15, 2015

If you’re planning to graduate after the spring 2016 semester (May grad), after taking one or more summer 2016 courses (July grad) or after the fall 2016 semester (December grad) and plan to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony, submit your graduation application by November 15.

Vote for Commencement Speaker

Candidate information and an online ballot are sent via email to students who applied to participate in the Commencement ceremony.


Graduation Application Confirmation

Emails will be sent asking students to check and either confirm or correct graduation application information. 

Senior Days, DeWitt Student Center Lounge

  • Wednesday, February 24, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pick up caps and gowns, order graduation announcements and class rings, make your senior class gift, and learn about the Last Hurrah, alumni services and on-campus dining options.

December 2015 graduates and students in spring 2016 off-campus programs who want to participate in the May 2016 ceremony will be contacted with specific directions for how they may complete the Senior Days orders and purchases.

Response deadline

March 31, 2016

Find more Senior Days details.

MARCH 2016

deadline for Commencement Ceremony Participation

  • March 1

Deadline for students to notify Elizabeth Steenwyk in the Registrar’s Office of any changes to their participation in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony.

Deadline for Discounted Announcement Orders 

  • March 15

Visit the Hope-Geneva Bookstore for more information.

H.O.P.E. Professor Voting

Two ballots will be emailed to ceremony participants to vote for the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator (H.O.P.E.) Professor. The first vote narrows the field; the final vote in April determines the winner.

APRIL 2016


Advance tickets for either meal may be ordered, purchased or picked up at the Hope College Ticket Office at Anderson Werkman or at the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office.

Deadline for advance sale is May 2. Cash-only sales are available on May 3 (Commencement day) and only at Phelps Hall. Advance tickets are required for Cook Hall.

Read more about dining options.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony Tickets

  • April 15–May 1

Order and pick up tickets from the Ticket Office at Anderson-Werkman on 8th Street.

Alumni Weekend

  • April 29–30 

Gather with alumni to celebrate your time at Hope with classmates and friends.

MAY 2016

MANDATORY Commencement Rehearsal, devos fieldhouse

  • May 4, 5–6 p.m.

This rehearsal is mandatory for all ceremony participants.

If you are on an off-campus program or have unavoidable employment conflicts, you may have a trusted friend who is attending rehearsal get your information and name/seat card. Cards left after the rehearsal will be available in the Registrar’s office Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Last Hurrah

  • May 5 

Ceremony participants of the Class of 2015 are welcomed into the Alumni Association at The Last Hurrah at Camp Geneva. This Thursday evening event is free and includes:

  • Food
  • Outdoor activities
  • Bonfires with s’mores
  • Prizes
  • Entertainment
  • More

Transportation will be provided. Contact the Alumni Association with any questions.

See the schedule for Commencement weekend