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Class of 2022 Commencement Schedule of Events

There are currently no limitations on guests and no tickets required, however, that could change if the college's COVID-19 policy changes substantially. We encourage all graduates and their guests to complete their vaccinations and booster shots. If you are uncomfortable in crowded conditions, and prefer to wear a mask, we encourage you to do so. A limited supply will be available. Another option is to consider watching via livestream.

Note: Mount Vernon's annual Chalk the Walk festival is Saturday and Sunday downtown and First Street (Main Street) will be closed for the weekend. Use Fourth Street SW from Highway 1 to reach campus. 

Bookstore hours

Friday: 8:30 a.m.6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon–5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.2 p..m.

Hilltop Café hours

Saturday: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dinner: 5-6 p.m.
Sunday: Brunch: noon-1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 6

Senior Reception

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Smith Dining Room, Thomas Commons

This event is for the Class of 2022 and faculty and staff. 

Saturday, May 7

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Cole Library

Baccalaureate

3-4 p.m.
Van Metre Field at Ash Park

This event will be livestreamed and held rain or shine. No umbrellas; ponchos will be provided if needed.

Baccalaureate Reception

4-5:30 p.m.
Thomas Commons Lobby. Serving light hors d’oeuvres only with cash bar.

Sunday, May 8

Commencement ceremony

10 a.m.-noon
Van Metre Field at Ash Park

No tickets are required and adequate seating is available for all who wish to attend. Gates open at 9 a.m. and guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. 

This event will be livestreamed and held rain or shine. No umbrellas; ponchos will be provided if needed.

Brunch

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Hilltop Café

Each graduate receives three complimentary tickets (one for the graduate and two for guests). Additional tickets may be pre-purchased at the Hilltop Café or by calling dining services at 319.895.4499. Advance ticket prices are $13 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12. There is no charge for children under 3.

Residence halls close (spring closing information)
5 p.m.