Commencement 2016

LaGrange College will be celebrating achievements of our students, especially the Class of 2016, 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 2016, 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 Provost. We encourage all graduate students to participate in our Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement will begin at 8:30am on Saturday, 21 May. In the event of drizzle or soft rain, the ceremony will proceed on time. If weather conditions persist, a change in venue may become possible. The attendees are encouraged to wear a rain poncho instead of using an umbrella; however, umbrellas are permitted. A definitive rain plan is available here. If you have questions or concerns about the weather and its impact on Commencement, you may call 706 880.8000. Faculty and students are encouraged to check their campus voice mail. If you have any questions regarding these academic events, please contact Lindsey Elkins in the Office of the Provost at . Please continue to refer to this page throughout the following days 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.

Dear 2016 Graduates,
We would like to include your future plans in the Commencement program!  Tell us if you're going into graduate school (school and program) or if you have a job lined up (employer and position). Please e-mail Caitlin Sutton at by 23 April 2016 with this information in the following format:

  • Sally Smith will be attending Auburn University in the fall to pursue a Master's of Accountancy.
  • Nate Jones will continue his education at LaGrange College by entering the MAT program.
  • Susie Hill is employed as an RN at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO, and will be working in the ER department.
  • Matthew Smith is employed in Development and Design for Toyota Motor Europe in Belgium .

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 the week following Commencement.

Cap and Gown
If you do not already have your cap and gown, please order yours immediately with the Business Office (706 880.8231).

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