Kalamazoo College will be hosting in-person Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 and 2021. Both ceremonies will be held on Angell Field (the football field at the Athletic Complex) rain or shine.
The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 will take place on Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m.
Click here for more Class of 2020 information and to register your intent to participate
The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place on Sunday, June 13, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
Adherence to the following safety guidelines will make this event possible:
- Masks will be required.
- 6 ft. social distancing will be required.
- Each graduate will be limited to two (2) guests as capacity is limited.
- Congregating in large groups before and after the ceremony will not be allowed.
Each senior will be allowed TWO GUESTS. Sorry, there will be NO EXCEPTIONS. You must fill out the registration form below to indicate your intentions. If you change your mind later, just fill out the form again and we will take your latest submission.
Commencement will be live-streamed for seniors, family members, and friends who cannot attend in person, and any seniors who cannot attend in person will be recognized during the ceremony. All seniors will need to register their intent to participate in person or virtually no later than May 14, 2021.
For seniors not attending the ceremony, please upload your photo below so you can be recognized during the ceremony. Your photo will be shown on the screen when your name is read by the Provost. Use a photo (preferably a headshot) from a team roster, or any picture that is close up and clear, without too busy of a background. Use your name to save the photo so we can easily identify you. If you do not submit a photo, the Kalamazoo College logo will be used as a placeholder.
Seniors will be asked to please arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and go directly to their assigned seat on the football field.
Staff will be present to check in guests at the main gate of the complex. Each party will be seated together in the bleachers, 6 ft. socially distanced from other parties. Ushers will show all guests to their seats.
There is limited parking at the Athletic Complex. Seniors and family guests are encouraged to park in the Western Michigan University parking ramp, which is adjacent to the Athletic Complex (west of the complex). There will be signs to direct guests to parking areas upon arrival. Street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the Athletic Complex is available.
Cap and Gown Orders may be purchased from the Kalamazoo College Bookstore along with other graduation merchandise in-store or online. Personalized steins are available to order for a limited time, until April 21 only, as to be available in time for Commencement. Graduation announcements and class ring orders may be purchased with Balfour. For more information or any questions, please contact the Bookstore at 269-337-7317. The Bookstore will be open on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
If your guests need lodging in the Kalamazoo area, visit the Discover Kalamazoo website for an updated list of hotels as well as area restaurants. We will not have food or coffee service offerings on campus.
The Commencement ceremony will be the only in-person event hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Other events that have been in-person in the past, such as Baccalaureate and the Senior Awards Program, will be virtual and posted here when they become available for viewing.
On campus buildings will not be open during Commencement Weekend, with the exception of the Weimer K. Hick’s Student Center where the Kalamazoo College Bookstore will be open for business. The Bookstore will be open on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns related to the commencement ceremony, please contact Kerri Barker in the Office of Alumni Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-337-7289.