Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement 2021

Mobile Passes 

Please note that the initial invite text messages went out on April 21st and April 28/29th with the links provided below.  These messages were to provide phonetic spelling of your name if you have not already done so. 
Undergraduate Ceremony:
Graduate Ceremony:

The links to acquire your mobile passes will come via a similar text early next week and a final reminder the day before your ceremony.  We will send these links via email on the same days to ensure that you’ve received them. We will also post those links here.  Some phone carriers have automatically replied STOP to these messages assuming they’re spam, so please watch your email if you are not receiving the texts.

Check In

You will receive a text message prior to Commencement prompting you to provide your the phonetic spelling of your name so that we pronounce it correctly as you walk across the stage.  Once you have completed this, you will receive a unique QR code for a touchless check-in on the day of your ceremony. You will receive an additional reminder the day before the ceremony with your code if you have not yet saved it to your phone.

Will graduates receive matching masks for the Ceremony?

Yes, we will provide matching Carroll University masks to all graduates at check-in on commencement day.


Do my guests need tickets?

Yes, Each graduate will receive TWO guest passes that will indicate a live streaming location on campus for your guests to report to on commencement day.  ONLY graduates will be seated on Main Lawn – all guests will be viewing the live stream from an alternative location on campus, noted on their guest pass (mentioned above).

As each graduate walks across the stage and their name is read they will be allowed to pose, (physically distanced,) with President Gnadinger.  This photo will be captured by Empire Photography.  Following the ceremony, graduates will receive thumbnails of the shot and have the opportunity to purchase these photographs in various sizes from Empire.  Our live-stream will also capture this exact shot, so friends and families will be able to see their graduate clearly during this moment.  The stage will be left set up the afternoon following the ceremony if you would like to take a personal photograph post-ceremony.

For guests who are unable to attend in person, or choose to view the live stream from home, the link will be made available on the main commencement page prior to the ceremony. 

Cap and Gown Packages

All undergraduate and graduate students participating in the commencement ceremonies MUST purchase their cap & gown packages online directly through our vendor, Herff Jones, in order to participate in the May ceremonies.  Packages will be shipped to you directly at the address you provide.  If you have not purchased a cap & gown prior to the order deadline (April 9th) we will assume that you are not planning to walk in the ceremony.  

Can 2020 Graduates Participate in the 2021 Ceremony?

Yes, as promised, we would like to invite our 2020 graduates back to campus to participate in our 2021 Commencement Ceremony. Please email for more information if you are interested in joining our 2021 graduates as they walk across the stage this May. Notification of your interest must be received by Monday, April 19th if you wish to participate.

​As with everything during this most unusual time, we continue to monitor the local environment in response to COVID-19 and will make any necessary adjustments. Your health and safety is our primary concern.

Commencement 2021Schedule of Events

Panoramic View of campus