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Senior Timeline


Deadline to Apply to Graduate
October, 2013

E-mail sent to students with 66 or more earned credits. Apply to graduate  and indicate May 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.

Vote for Commencement Speaker
November, 2013

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


Graduation Application Confirmation

E-mails sent requesting students to check and confirm or correct application information. Corrections are due by Feb 7.

December 2013 graduates and students in spring off-campus programs who indicated participation in the May 2014 ceremony will be contacted in February at their Hope e-mail with specific directions on how they may complete the Senior Days (see below) orders and purchases.  Response deadline:  March 31.

Senior Days
February 26-27

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 for May 4. 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, 2014. 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               
Deadline for students to notify to indicate whether or not they will participate in the 2014 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 4.
DeVos Fieldhouse Ticket Office
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 3. Cash-only sales on May 4, Commencement day, and only at Phelps Hall. Advance tickets required for Cook Hall. Read more about dining options on May 5.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony Ticket Ordering & Pick-up
April 12 - May 4  
DeVos Fieldhouse Ticket Office
Read about ticket information.

Alumni Weekend
April 25 - 26

For mre information, visit


Commencement Rehearsal
April 30

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 1

Ceremony participants of the Class of 2014 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 4.