Commencement 2017

LaGrange College will be celebrating achievements of our students, especially the Class of 2017, during the months of April and May. We hope that you will be able to join us as we acknowledge the success of our students. If you are part of the Class of 2017, you are expected to be present for Honors Day, Baccalaureate, Commencement Rehearsal, and Commencement.  Seniors, if for any reason, you are unable to attend any of these events, you must submit a petition to be excused to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  We encourage all graduate students to participate in our Commencement Ceremony. 

Commencement will begin at 8:30am on Saturday, 20 May . In the event of drizzle or soft rain, the ceremony will proceed on time.  If weather conditions appear threatening, Commencement may be delayed until Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon.  If weather conditions persist, a change in venue may become possible. A definitive rain plan will be published on the LaGrange College website. Graduates and guests are encouraged to take this possibility into account when making travel plans. The audience is encouraged to wear a rain poncho instead of using an umbrella; however, umbrellas are permitted. If you have questions or concerns about the weather and its impact on Commencement, you may call 706 880.8000 or check our website. Faculty and students are encouraged to check their campus email.  If you have any questions regarding these academic events, please contact Lindsey Elkins in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at . Please continue to refer to the graduation information page on our website at throughout the following weeks for FAQs, updates, and new information.

For your convenience, you have the option to view Commencement live via closed circuit television in the Dickson Assembly Room of the Mabry Gipson Student Center.


If you have not already completed a Graduation Petition with your advisor, please pick one up immediately from the Registrar’s Office.  Also, please contact the Registrar’s Office if you need to change the name on your diploma.  If you are not able to participate in Commencement, your diploma will be mailed to you in the weeks following Commencement.

Cap and Gown

If you do not already have your cap and gown, you may pick yours up on the first floor of Banks Hall on 26 and 27 April.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames and other graduation gift items are available at the Panther Connection Gift Shop. The Panther Connection will be open immediately following the Commencement ceremony.


Q: Do we need tickets for our family and friends?

A: No tickets or invitations are needed for Commencement. Come early for a good seat! If the weather forces the relocation of the event to Callaway Auditorium , tickets will be required, and typically (depending on the number of graduates) there are approximately 4-6 tickets available to each graduating student. If the ceremony is moved to the auditorium, tickets will be issued to the students in the days preceding the event.

Q: I have not been able to visit with Jostens when they have been on campus. How can I purchase graduation announcements?

A: If you still need to order announcements and other items for graduation, please visit the following website:

Live Video 
You can view a live stream of the Graduation ceremony  here  .

Additional Information:

Suggested Parking Areas:
  • Surrounding lots of the main Campus
  • Price Theatre
  • Lamar Dodd Art Center
  • Limited parking on the Hill

If you need special arrangements for parking, please call: Campus Services at 706-880.8296.
(Handicapped or Special Assistance Parking will be located behind Turner and Henry Halls.)

Hotels/Motels in LaGrange

  • Baymont Inn: 706 885.9002
  • LaQuinta Inns and Suites: 706 812.8000
  • Lafayette Garden Inn: 706 884.6175
  • The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens: 706 489.3300
  • Comfort Inn: 706 882.7700
  • Red Roof Inn: 706 882.9540
  • Hampton Inn: 706 845.1115
  • Thyme Away Bed & Breakfast: 706 885.9625
  • Holiday Inn Express: 706 298.4571
  • Wingate: 706 298.5270