Congratulations! Your graduation from Lee University represents the culmination of years of hard work. To make the graduation process a smooth one, students may access detailed Graduation information via Portico. Guest information is provided below.
Undergraduate Commencement Schedule
Master’s and Ed.S. Commencement Schedule
Both July and December Commissioning and Commencement Ceremonies are ticketed services. Weather permitting, the May Commissioning and Commencement services are held outside and do not require tickets. However if rain is likely, these events are held indoors and are ticketed. Potential graduates will receive an email approximately 4 weeks before the services with the number of tickets they will receive. In all cases of ticketed services, there will be non-ticketed seating available in a secondary venue with live streaming of the services.
The number of tickets each graduate receives is determined after the Official Candidate List is released. Students will receive an email from the Academic Events Office with all ticket information approximately four weeks prior to the ceremony. At that time the student can fill out the Extra Ticket Request Form to be placed on the waiting list to request additional tickets. The number of extra tickets available is unknown until very close to the event. Therefore all tickets, including extra tickets, will not be given to the students until the end of graduation rehearsal.
The Office of Academic Events will contact Graduates via email about Special Needs seating for both the Commissioning and Commencement Services approximately 1 month prior to the events.
Ordering Procedures for Announcements
Every student who applies for graduation by the announcement deadline will receive 25 complimentary announcements that are ordered automatically by Academic Events. These announcements can be picked up in the Campus Bookstore once the Official Candidate List has been released and the student is cleared to graduate. If a student would like more than 25 announcements or applies for graduation after the deadline, there is a link on the graduation webpage with information about how to order additional announcements.
Lee University Photography provides official graduation photography services. Portraits are taken of all graduates on stage as they receive their diploma. Cap and Gown Portraits are also available after both the Commissioning and Commencement Services.
Photos may be viewed at www.leephotos.com and then clicking on the Graduation button just below the main heading. For more information, please contact Mike Wesson by phone at (423)790-1800 or email email@example.com
Commissioning and Commencement Ceremonies
The Commissioning Service on Friday and the Commencement Service on Saturday are both ticketed events but are two distinct services. The students and faculty march wearing regalia for both services, but the content and purpose of each service is different.
The Commissioning Service is a special time for students and their families. It is very student centered. There are 6 student speakers who share a brief story about their time at Lee. Each student walks across the stage to receive a Bible with his or her name on it as a gift. In the spring service the F.J. Lee, Zeno C. Tharp, and the Charles W. Conn awards are announced. After the service, which lasts approximately 1 and 1/2 hours, there is a standup buffet reception for all graduates and their friends and families. The reception is not a ticketed event.
The Commencement Service on Saturday morning is the official conferral of degrees and recognition of academic achievement. There is a guest speaker, and all students are recognized by name as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover.
The Hooding Ceremony
The Hooding Ceremony is specifically for students completing their master’s or educational specialist degrees and their guests. It is a ticketed event and will take place in the Lee University Chapel on the Friday afternoon immediately before the Commissioning Service. The ceremony is a time to honor and distinguish the higher level of education that has been completed above the bachelor’s degree. During the ceremony each student crosses the stage, is congratulated by his or her Graduate Program Director and then is hooded by the Academic Dean of his or her college or school. Graduates are then able to wear full regalia as they participate in the Commissioning Service and the Commencement Ceremony. After the ceremony, there is a brief reception for students to visit with faculty and guests before the Commissioning Service.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Academic Events Office.
Phone: (423) 614-8117
1120 N Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450