Celebrate Your Success

Congratulations on your graduation!

Baker University honors graduates each winter and spring. Ceremonies are held in the George F. Collins, Jr. Sports and Convention Center on the Baldwin City campus, at the corner of Sixth and Fremont streets.

May 2016 Commencement Dates

Saturday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. | School of Professional and Graduate Studies undergraduate degrees

Saturday, May 14, 1:30 p.m. | School of Education, School of Professional and Graduate Studies graduate degrees

Sunday, May 22, 1 p.m. | College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing undergraduate degrees

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony | Friday, May 20 

School of Nursing graduates and their friends and family are invited to the Pinning Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW Eighth Ave., Topeka.

Commencement Brunch | May 14 & 22  

All who are celebrating commencement day are invited to attend brunch at the Susanne Teel Dining Hall in the Long Student Center, at the corner of Sixth and Dearborn streets from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Graduates will be honored guests of the university and will receive a complimentary ticket. 

Friends and family are welcome to attend for a fee, which will be paid at the door. Adults: $8.25, Children 2-6: $4, Children under 2: free. No reservations are necessary.

Commencement Reception | May 22

Immediately following the May 22 commencement ceremony, a reception will be held to honor graduates and their families and friends on the lawn north of George F. Collins, Jr. Sports and Convention Center on the Baldwin City campus. Rain location: Long Student Center lobby, the corner of Sixth and Dearborn.

Toast & Hooding Rehearsal for Ed.D. Degree Candidates | May 14

A celebratory toast and hooding rehearsal will be held at 12:45 p.m. in the Holt-Russell Gallery upstairs in Parmenter Hall before the School of Education Graduate Degree Ceremony.

Baccalaureate Worship Service | May 22

The Rev. Kevin Hopkins, University Minister, will hold a brief worship service for graduates and their families at 10:45 a.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church at the corner of Eighth and Grove streets. Graduates and faculty will robe and march.

Campus Attractions

University Bookstore, on the first floor of the Long Student Center

  • Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quayle Bible Collection, in the Collins Library building, 518 Eighth St.

  • Saturday May 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m. to noon

Old Castle Museum, i511 Fifth St.

  • Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon

The Ivan L. Boyd Arboretum, on the Baldwin City campus, is graced by more than 110 species and varieties of trees, many of them planted by professor emeritus Ivan Boyd, who served as longtime professor and chair of the biology department. pdfWalking Tour Map