Commencement information for parents and guests

New Commencement Rain Plan

Commencement ceremonies at Elon University are family friendly. Overnight accommodations at local hotels fill rapidly and advance reservations are recommended. Dress for the week's events is dressy casual and we encourage you to prepare for warmer daytime temperatures.

Several events may take place prior to commencement, including Baccalaureate, which is celebrated Friday at 3 p.m. in Alumni Gym. On Saturday, a complimentary continental breakfast is served around the fountain from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Tickets are not required for Commencement Under the Oaks, and graduates may bring as many guests as they like. General seating begins at 7 a.m. and seats cannot be reserved in advance of this time.

Elon Campus Safety and Police manage all parking lots at Commencement. Cars with special needs passengers should drive to the Whitley lot on Lebanon Avenue to receive parking instructions. Special needs guests and attendants can be dropped off at Whitley lot and directed to the special needs seating area near McEwen Building.  Cars will be directed to the nearest Special Needs Parking lot.

The undergraduate ceremony starts promptly at 9:15 a.m. Each graduate will walk to the stage to receive his or her diploma from President Lambert.

Following the ceremony, a reception hosted by Elon Alumni Engagement will allow families to meet their graduates. The refreshment tables are identified by schools and/or degree programs and provide an easy way to spot your party on the lawn.  

Elon University will make every attempt to hold Commencement exercises Under
the Oaks on Saturday, May 23 at 9:15 a.m. If the weather forecast for Saturday predicts rain that will clear during the morning hours, the university may delay the start of the outdoor ceremony until 10:30 a.m. If conditions do not improve, Commencement exercises will be moved to Alumni Gym in Koury Athletic Center.

Graduates may pick up two rain location tickets in Alamance 109 (Office of Student Life) beginning May 4. It is the responsibility of the graduates to give these tickets to those who will use them May 23.

Commencement exercises will be broadcast via closed-circuit television to several campus locations if the indoor plan is called. In this event, the post-commencement receptions will be moved to these locations (arranged by school and degree programs) to assist your party to reassemble.

Please check back to this website throughout the spring for further updates on Elon University’s 125th Commencement Exercises.