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Senior Timeline


Apply to Graduate

September 2015

E-mail invitation sent to students with 74 or more earned credits.  Students should follow the instructions for submitting the graduation application online via KnowHope Plus and indicate May Commencement ceremony participation. Applying by the deadline allows students to participate in all planned events.  Late applicants may miss out on votes, events, tickets and honors considerations.

Deadline to Apply for the December 2015 Graduation Date
October 15, 2015

Any student planning to graduate after the fall 2015 semester should submit the graduation application by this date.

Deadline to Apply for the May, June or December 2016 Graduation Dates
November 15, 2015

Any student planning to graduate after the spring 2016 semester (May grad) or after taking one or more summer 2016 courses (July grad) or after the fall 2016 semester (December grad) who plans to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony should submit the graduation application by this date.

Vote for Commencement Speaker
November, 2015

Candidate information and an online ballot are sent via e-mail to applied ceremony participants during this week.


Graduation Application Confirmation

February 2016

E-mails sent requesting students to check and confirm or correct graduation application information.

December 2015 graduates and students in spring 2016 off-campus programs who indicated participation in the May 2016 ceremony will be contacted in February with specific directions for how they may complete the Senior Days (see below) orders and purchases.  Response deadline:  March 31.

Senior Days
Wednesday, February 24 - Thursday, February 25

9:30 am – 5:00 pm
DeWitt Student Center Lounge
Order graduation announcements, ceremony DVDs, class rings, etc. Students make their senior class gift, learn about The Last Hurrah, services available to them as alumni, and on-campus dining options. Caps and gowns do not need to be pre-ordered and will be available for immediate pick up; there is no charge.

Personalized graduation announcements are made to order. Optional, but many families appreciate having them. Personalized announcements are $24.95 for 25 if ordered by March 15, 2015. They are $29.95 after March 15. Pay at the time of order by cash, check, credit card or charging on the HopeCard account. Generic announcements are also available for purchase at anytime: $9.95 for 10. For more information contact Hope-Geneva Bookstore at 616-395-7833 or visit

Missed Senior Days?  Cap and Gowns will be available in the Hope-Geneva Bookstore, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  If reserving a cap and gown from off-campus, please e-mail and include height and weight.

Other graduation items, including announcements, DVDs, class rings and diploma frames, may be purchased in the Bookstore or ordered online using the Senior Days link above.


Commencement Ceremony Participation Deadline

March 1, 2015
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 Orders of Commencement Announcements
March 15

Visit the Hope-Geneva Bookstore for more information.

H.O.P.E. Professor Voting
Two e-mail ballots will be sent to ceremony participants to vote for H.O.P.E. Professor.  The first vote narrows the field; the final vote in April determines the winner.


Dining Service Brunch Tickets for May 3.
Ticket Office at Anderson-Werkman on 8th Street
Advance tickets for either meal may be ordered/purchased/picked up at the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office, 616-395-7890. Deadline for advance sale is May 2. Cash-only sales on May 3, Commencement day, and only at Phelps Hall. Advance tickets required for Cook Hall. Read more about dining options.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony Ticket Ordering & Pick-up
April 15 - May 1  
Ticket Office at Anderson-Werkman on 8th Street
Read about ticket information.

Alumni Weekend
April 29 - 30

For more information, visit


Commencement Rehearsal
May 4

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DeVos Fieldhouse
Mandatory for all ceremony participants.  Exceptions: if students are on an off-campus program or have unavoidable employment conflicts, they may have a trusted friend who is attending rehearsal get the information and name/seat card.  Cards left after the rehearsal will be available Thursday and Friday, 8-5, in the Registrar’s office.

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 and more.  Transportation will be provided.  Questions? Contact or 616-395-7250.

See the schedule for Sunday, May 8 .