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Baccalaureate and Commencement
Carroll University Commencement

Baccalaureate and Commencement 2017

Baccalaureate Service - Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony - Sunday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m.


As you end your days at Carroll University and take those first steps beyond, many exciting opportunities and challenges will come your way. These pages include all the things graduates, families and friends will need to know about Commencement, including your preparation for graduation, a calendar of events, how to find campus, where to stay (for out-of-town guests), and more.

Share your Commencement memories with us on social media! Use #carrollu2017 or #carrollu so we can share in the celebration.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is the ceremony at which degrees are conferred. It is an occasion of great significance to graduates, families and friends, and a formal recognition of academic achievements. Attendance is expected.

Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is the nondenominational worship service at which graduates are honored.

Calendar of Events

Find the dates and times for all Commencement-related activities, from when cap and gown orders are due, all of the way to the big day when you receive your diploma.

Degrees and Honors

Information about Conferring of Degrees, Diplomas, and Honors at Commencement.


No tickets are required for Baccalaureate or the outdoor Commencement ceremony. Seating is reserved for faculty and graduates, and first-come, first-served for general admission family and guests. If the commencement ceremony is moved inside, each graduating student will be issued three wristbands for guests which will serve as the guests tickets for entrance into Van Male Fieldhouse for the ceremony.

Inclement Weather Plan

The university will monitor the weather closely and will make a decision by 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, as to the site of the Commencement ceremony. If the sun is shining, note that there is not much shade on Main Lawn. If the weather forecast is for "occasional showers," the ceremony will be held outdoors. Please plan accordingly.

Watch the Ceremony Live!

If you cannot make it to the Baccalaureate and/or Commencement ceremony, or choose to stay home due to bad weather, the ceremony will be broadcast online via live stream.

Special Accommodations / Accessibility

Find information for graduates and guests needing accommodations related to a disability.

Parking and Transportation

How to get to Commencement, including information on shuttle services and maps of our campus parking lots.


Carroll is pleased to partner with area hotels that offer discounts to Carroll alumni and friends.

Pio4Life Cap Decorating Contest

Show your Pioneer pride and excitement for completing your journey at Carroll University by decorating your cap for Commencement.

Alumni Association

Tips to guide the graduate as you develop your personal sense of what it means to be Carroll University alumni – what you can do for Carroll, and what Carroll still has to offer you.

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