• 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
    Winter Spring
    Commissioning Ceremony
    Friday, December 16, 2016
    6:30 PM
    Conn Center
    Commissioning Ceremony
    Friday, May 5, 2017
    6:30 PM
    SMC Lawn*
    Commencement Ceremony
    Saturday, December 17, 2016
    10:30 AM
    Conn Center
    Commencement Ceremony
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    9:30 AM
    SMC Lawn*

    * Weather Permitting

    Master’s and Ed.S. Commencement Schedule
    Winter Spring
    Hooding Ceremony
    Friday, December 16, 2016
    4:30 PM
    Lee University Chapel
    Hooding Ceremony
    Friday, May 5, 2017
    4:30 PM
    Lee University Chapel
    Commissioning Ceremony
    Friday, December 16, 2016
    6:30 PM
    Conn Center
    Commissioning Ceremony
    Friday, May 5, 2017
    6:30 PM
    SMC Lawn*
    Commencement Ceremony
    Saturday, December 17, 2016
    10:30 AM
    Conn Center
    Commencement Ceremony
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    9:30 AM
    SMC Lawn*

    * Weather Permitting

    Once You Arrive to Campus

    Upon arrival to campus, there will be signs and campus security officers directing guests to parking.

    After parking, guests will be directed to the venue unless they have young children they would like to drop off at childcare. Doors open one and a half hours before the ceremony. We ask that guests arrive with enough time to be seated approximately ten minutes before the ceremony start time. Please note that seating is first come, first served.

    Ticket Information

    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. If it is determined to move any ceremony inside, that information will be prominently displayed on this page.

    Potential graduates will receive an email approximately four 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 Graduation 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 Graduation Office will contact Graduates via email about Special Needs seating for both the Commissioning and Commencement Services approximately one (1) month prior to the events.

    Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

    The following resources are available for all guests with disabilities:

    • Handicapped Parking:
      • Summer and Winter Graduation: Library Parking Lot
      • Spring Graduation: Higginbotham Administration Parking Circle
       
    • Accessible Seating:
      • Special needs seating is available at both Commissioning and Commencement. The Graduation Office will contact graduates via email about special needs seating approximately four weeks prior to the events.
       
    • Should the Spring Commissioning and Commencement ceremonies be held outside, air conditioned seating will be available in the SMC Lecture Hall for any guests with weather-related health conditions.

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    Pricing:
    Manual Wheel Chairs: $30 per day
    Power Wheel Chairs: $50 per day
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    Childcare

    Childcare is available for children, infants to 4 years of age. For all graduations, the Friday hours of operation will be 3:30pm – 9:00pm. The Saturday hours of operation will be 9:00am – 1:00pm for Summer and Winter Graduations, and 8:00am – 1:00pm for Spring Graduation.

    There will be signs throughout campus directing guests to the childcare location. Childcare is located in the Early Learning Center at the Church Street Annex. A Lee University shuttle will be provided back and forth from the venue to the childcare location if guests should need assistance. It may be easier for guests with small children to park at the childcare facility and ride the shuttle to the service venues to save the children the shuttle ride.

    Photography and Videos

    Photography

    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.leeuphotos.smugmug.com. For more information, please contact the Office of Publications by phone at (423) 614-8627 (M-F 8am-5pm) or email publications@leeuniversity.edu.

    Videos

    Videos of the graduation ceremonies may be accessed through the following resources:

    • For 2015-present Graduation Ceremonies:
      • Live Stream: live video stream of the upcoming ceremonies may be viewed on: livestream.com/leeu.
      • Vimeo: Videos of the Commissioning, Commencement and Hooding ceremonies may be imbedded or downloaded off of Vimeo via Lee University’s page, vimeo.com/leeuniversity. See your graduation program for the release date.
       
    • For 2013-2014 Graduation Ceremonies:  
    • For 2009-2012 Graduation Ceremonies:
      • iTunes: Videos of the Commissioning and Commencement ceremonies may be downloaded free of charge from iTunes. Search “Lee University Graduation,” and select any of the ceremonies you wish to download.
       
     
    Ordering Procedures for Announcements

    Students who complete the “Announcement Order Form” (available in Portico) by the announcement deadline will receive 25 complimentary announcements. 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 does not complete the “Announcement Order Form” by the deadline or would like to purchase more than 25 announcements, they may purchase announcements through the form available in Portico. 

    Commissioning and Commencement Ceremony Descriptions

    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. After the service, which lasts approximately 1 and 1/2 hours, there is a stand-up 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.

    Hooding Ceremony Description

    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.

    Contact Information

    Graduation Office
    1120 North Ocoee Street
    PO BOX 3450
    Cleveland TN 37320-3450

    Email: graduation@leeuniversity.edu
    Phone: (423) 614-8117
    Hours:
    Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST

Academic Calendar

12/09
Final Exams
All day

Final Exams
12/12
Final Exams
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Final Exams
12/13
Final Exams
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Final Exams
12/16
Winter Hooding
Begins at 4:30 PM

Chapel
Winter Hooding
Winter Hooding
12/16
Winter Commissioning
Begins at 6:30 PM

Conn Center
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