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Senior and Parent Information

Absence from Commencement
All seniors are expected to participate in Commencement. If any are unable to attend Commencement, they must inform the Registrar, at 269-337-7204 as soon as possible. The line-up is configured by everyone’s participation, so it is very important to inform the registrar of your absence.

Baccalaureate
Baccalaureate is a non-denominational service with student and faculty speakers and musical performances held on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Stetson Chapel is consistently “almost full” for this service, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A sound system will be set up outside of the chapel for overflow. Some guests choose to bring a blanket and relax on the lawn of the chapel. It is a very pleasant way to listen to the service.

Box Lunch
Graduating seniors, their families and guests are invited to purchase box lunches to enjoy on campus prior to Commencement. Dining on campus is convenient and will help you avoid any parking difficulties prior to the ceremony. Fill out an online box lunch reservation form. A very limited number of extra lunches will be available for those who do not make reservations. Reservations are essential. Reserved lunch tickets will be distributed with your senior’s Commencement ceremony rain tickets in June. They may also be picked up at the registration desk on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 12:20 – 6:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 15 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Campus Map
For easier maneuvering around campus visit our Campus map.

Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available for pick up in the Campus Bookstore.  Students receive information regarding personalized announcements and other commemorative items from the campus bookstore during the Grad Fair. During the Grad fair seniors will have a chance to order their cap and gown, graduation announcements, and other graduation accessories. The Kalamazoo College Bookstore offers 20% off imprinted items so it’s also a great time to order diploma frames. Please contact bookstore personnel at 269-337-7318 if you have further questions.

Commencement Ceremony.  The Commencement ceremony will take place outside on the campus quadrangle. Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plenty of chairs will be available on the lower quad to accommodate at least six guests per senior. Open seating will also be available on the grass of the upper quad. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets as long as they do not obstruct the view for other guests. The rain location will be in the Anderson Athletic Center and will require tickets. Seniors will receive rain tickets at Senior Rehearsal on Thursday, June 12. For all of your relatives and friends that can′t make the trip to Kalamazoo, tell them to pull up the Kalamazoo College Commencement webpage on Sunday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. to watch the Commencement ceremony LIVE! The ceremony lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours ending around 3:30 p.m.

Commencement Photographs
The College has hired professional graduation photographers to take a photo of your senior as he/she accepts his/her diploma and as he/she exits the stage. After Commencement weekend you will receive information about ordering keepsake prints.

Commencement Rehearsal
Seniors must attend Commencement rehearsal in Stetson Chapel on Thursday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. Rain tickets will be distributed at rehearsal. If a senior absolutely needs to be excused from this rehearsal, he or she must contact Kerri Barker at 269-337-7289 or kerri.barker@kzoo.edu.

Departmental Receptions
Departmental receptions will be held in various locations throughout campus on Saturday afternoon between the hours of 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Departmental receptions are a great time to meet professors and the people with whom your senior has studied for the last four years. A schedule of departmental receptions will be forthcoming.

Diploma Frames
Diploma frames are available from the Kalamazoo College Bookstore.

Grad Fair
The Grad Fair will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 & 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Bookstore. Here seniors will have a chance to order their cap and gown, graduation announcements, and other commemorative items. Please contact bookstore personnel at 269-337-7318 if you have any questions.

Honor My Senior
Join parents and families in recognizing the Class of 2014. Make a gift in honor of your senior.

Location and Inclement Weather
The Commencement ceremony will take place on the campus quadrangle, where tickets will not be required for entry. If inclement weather forces Commencement indoors, the ceremony will take place in Anderson Athletic Center, where tickets will be required for entry. Each senior will receive five tickets for an indoor ceremony in Anderson Athletic Center, and overflow viewing for guests without tickets will be available in Dalton Theatre.

OrangeZest
OrangeZest is the College’s annual senior memory book. It is a record of each graduating class’ four years at K. to view an example of OrangeZest from 2013, go to the yearbook page. After graduation you will be able to view an electronic copy and have the option to purchase a printed copy.

Rain Location
In the event of rain, Commencement will be held in Anderson Athletic Center, and each family will have five tickets to that ceremony. Due to space limitations in the event of an indoor ceremony, we must limit the tickets to five per senior. Remind your senior to give you their tickets before they line up for the ceremony! No extra tickets will be issued by the College for any reason. Overflow seating with a live video feed will be available in Dalton Theatre for guests without tickets.

Rain Tickets
Each senior will receive five tickets for use at Anderson Athletic Center in the event of an indoor ceremony. These will be distributed at the Senior Rehearsal on Thursday, June 12.

Residence Hall Check-out
Residence halls will remain open for seniors until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 15.

Story Zoo
On Saturday, June 14 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Production Studio. Record your favorite K memory or “More in Four” story. Archive your memories and make a lasting mark in the history of Kalamazoo College. All recorded stories will be sent to the College Archives and may be used in future K publications. Individual or group stories are welcome. A fifteen minute time slot can be reserved ahead of time by contacting Kerri Barker at kerri.barker@kzoo.edu. or 269.337.7289.

Water
As part of the College’s climate commitment initiative and effort to reduce the consumption of bottled water on campus, we encourage guests to bring reusable bottles to fill at the various water stations that will be available around the Quad.