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Academic Ceremonies

We’re proud of our heritage and achievements. Join us in celebrating the successes of our students, staff and faculty at many academic ceremonies throughout the year.

Opening Convocation

In August the campus officially welcomes all new incoming students. The opening convocation features a speaker and a signing of the matricula. This event is the book end to the graduation commencement.


Honors Day Convocation

In April the campus honors outstanding accomplishments by our students. The Honors Day convocation celebrates students from each major, the Honors Program, Who’s Who recipients, as well as faculty awards.

Senior Farewell Service

In May the campus honors the graduating seniors in special service. This celebration is a chance to reflect on McKendree memories.


In May the campus hold the graduation commencement. Separate commencements are held for the graduating undergraduate and graduate students. McKendree University graduate should be proud of their accomplishment and participate in our special commencement exercises. For information on the commencement ceremonies.