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Celebrating Your Success

May 3-4, 2024

Schedule subject to change.

Friday, May 3: Baccalaureate

5:30 p.m. — Senior Class photo and Legacy Family photo*

6 p.m. — Ribbon-cutting ceremony for traditional graduates.*

6:30 p.m. — Line forms for all Graduates, Faculty, and Trustees. Graduates assemble outside Faculty Hall. Academic regalia required for all. **

7 p.m. — Baccalaureate worship service, R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium, followed by President's Dessert Reception, Dining Commons

*Eternal Flame; moves to R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium in the event of rain

**In the event of rain, gather in Thorne Performance Hall (Chapel 113) and Nease Rehearsal Hall (Chapel 124)

Saturday, May 4: Commencement

Traditional Graduate Commencement Service (Tickets required)

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. — Graduates check in at the Graduate Check-In table. (Notification sent on 5/3 with location)

9 a.m. — Chapel auditorium doors open for ticket holders. Seats are not reserved.

9:30 a.m. — Line forms for Graduates. Academic regalia is required for all.

10 a.m. — Commencement ceremony begins

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Service (No tickets required)

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. — Graduates check in at the Graduate Check-In table. (Notification sent on 5/3 with location)

1 p.m. — Chapel auditorium doors open for guests. Seats are not reserved.

1:30 p.m. — Line forms for Graduates. Academic regalia is required for all.

2 p.m. — Commencement ceremony begins


No tickets are required for admission to the Baccalaureate service. All graduates and families are encouraged to attend.

The 10 a.m. Traditional Graduate Commencement Service DOES REQUIRE A TICKET for admission. Six (6) tickets will be distributed to each graduate when they pick up cap and gown regalia.

Seats in the auditorium cannot be reserved.

No food or beverages other than clear water are permitted inside the Chapel Auditorium

Infants and toddlers (age 3 and under) who will either be held or be seated on an adult’s lap are not required to have a ticket to gain entrance to the auditorium.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Programs

2024 Full Program
Supplemental Information

Schedules and Letters of Greeting

Legacy Family Photo

The Legacy Family photo (graduates whose parents/grandparents attended MVNU) will take place on Friday, May 3, immediately following Senior Class photo at 5:30 p.m.

The photograph will be taken at the Eternal Flame or the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium in the event of rain.

President's Dessert Reception

The President's Dessert Reception will take place immediately following the Baccalaureate worship service in the Dining Commons.

All graduates and their guests, trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff are invited.

Child Care Facilities

During the Baccalaureate worship service and commencement ceremonies, parents are free to use Thorne Performance Hall for children who need space to move and their caregivers.

Children must have an adult with them, as no attendant will be on duty.

Video Streaming and Digital Copy Orders

Live Stream

The commencement ceremonies will be available via live video streaming at The services will be archived and available through the "On Demand" tab for eight months.

Purchase Digital Copy

A digital video file of the Baccalaureate worship service and/or Commencement ceremonies may be purchased online from the Cougar Corner Campus Store at, or you can call 740-397-9000, extension 4457. A link to the downloadable file will be emailed to you.

Please provide an email with your order and allow two (2) business days to receive the link. Online and phone orders require a credit card.

Photography and Ordering Photos

A professional photographer has been contracted to photograph each graduate receiving their diploma. To minimize confusion and congestion during the awarding of degrees, please restrict personal photographs to graduates off-stage. We also ask that camera tripods not restrict the safety and convenience of our guests as they move through the aisles. Please respect those who are trying to view the ceremonies from auditorium seating.

Photos will be available free of charge on MVNU's Flickr account. Watch for social media posts announcing availability approximately 10 days after commencement.

MVNU's Marketing department will also release candid photographs throughout the day on Facebook and Instagram.

Parking Instructions

MVNU's Campus Safety staff will assist with parking. Please follow their direction.

Request a Press Release

If you are graduating or have a student graduating, you may request a press release be sent about this accomplishment to the newspaper of your choice. Or, we can send it to your home and you can distribute it with a photo. Please fill out the online form completely to request this service. Traditional undergrads: You can also include your dean's list and awards convocation information at this time. If you have questions, call 740-397-9000, ext. 4347.

MVNU Sportswear & Gifts

Graduation Day Sale - 10% off regular price MVNU items (some exclusions apply).

Hours on May 4 are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We hope you visit the Cougar Corner Campus Store while you are on campus for commencement. Shop our excellent selection of MVNU items including diploma frames and alumni gear!

You can also shop online at

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