Graduation & Commencement Information

 Graduation Information for ALL Students

All students must apply for graduation the semester before you plan to complete program requirements (see dates below).  You must apply to graduate even if you do not intend to participate in a Commencement ceremony.  You may apply earlier than the deadlines posted below.

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Graduation Application Deadlines

•   May applications are due by October 31
•   July applications are due by October 31
•   December applications are due by June 30

Graduation Dates

McKendree awards degrees three times a year on the following dates: May 31, July 31, and December 31.  If you complete coursework earlier in the term, your degree will not be posted until the end of the term.  Diplomas will be mailed the same week the degree is conferred provided all accounts with the University are clear.


Participation in Commencement

McKendree University holds Commencement ceremonies once each year at the end of the spring semester (in May at the Lebanon campus and in June at the Louisville campus).  Students who complete degree requirements as of December 31 are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony held the following May (at the Lebanon campus) or June (at the Louisville campus).  For example, if you graduate in December, 2015 you may attend Commencement in May or June 2016.  Students who complete requirements in July or May should plan to attend the May or June ceremony in the year in which they graduate (May and July 2016 graduates may participate in the May or June 2016 ceremony.)


PLEASE NOTE:  Participation in the Commencement Ceremony is not a guarantee of graduation.  Degrees for May graduates are conferred on May 31 and for July graduates are conferred on July 31 provided all requirements for the degree are met.


Commencement Photographer

We strongly encourage our graduates and families of our graduates to take full advantage of the professional photography services provided.  Enjoy your day and let the "pros" take care of the rest!

               Jon Cannon Photography                                        

617 N. Market Street                                           

Mascoutah, IL  62258


To order photos for the 2016 Undergraduate Ceremony click here.


To order photos for the 2015 Graduate ceremony click here.

Commencement Resources (updated for 2016 ceremony)

Graduate Commencement Instructions

Undergraduate Commencement Instructions

Directions to Campus

News Releases      

Keep in Touch   

Things To Do Before Commencement    

Helpful Tips for Commencement Day

Undergraduate Ceremony Rain Back Up Plan

Graduate Ceremony Rain Back Up Plan    

For More Information

Academic Records Office
(618) 537-6819

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