CELEBRATE YOUR GRADUATION

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.

524 6th St
Baldwin City, KS 66006

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Commencement Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. | Undergraduate Degrees
School of Professional & Graduate Studies View Livestream

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1:30 p.m. | Graduate Degrees
School of Professional & Graduate Studies, School of Education View Livestream

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 | Commencement Ceremony
1 p.m. | Undergraduate Degrees
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing View Livestream

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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. Warren Swenson, ’13, who is a seminary student at Sewanee: the University of the South, will provide the baccalaureate address. Graduates and faculty will robe and march.

Information for Graduates

Announcements & Class Rings

All graduates may order announcements and class rings from Herff Jones.

Cap & Gown

Graduates and degree candidates who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must place their cap and gown order online from Herff Jones.

The following deadlines apply:

  • May commencement: March 15
  • December commencement: October 15
  • After these deadlines, please contact the Baker bookstore at 1172mgr@follett.com or 785.594.8315 for cap and gown availability.

Photography

A GradImages photographer will take photos of the graduates as they receive their diplomas. Register your email address and receive $5 off orders of $25 or more.

If family members take personal photographs, they should avoid disrupting the flow of graduates as they return to their seats after receiving their diploma covers and should take care to not obscure the view of audience members and other commencement guests.

Special Needs

Seating for guests in wheelchairs or for whom walking is difficult is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commencement Day Instructions

Saturday, May 14
10:30 a.m. | Undergraduate degrees (School of Professional & Graduate Studies)
1:30 p.m. | Graduate degrees (School of Professional & Graduate Studies, School of Education)

Sunday, May 22 | 1 p.m.
Undergraduate degrees (College of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Education)


Candidates for degrees must arrive no later than 30 minutes before their commencement ceremony. Please allow sufficient time to travel to Baldwin City, find parking and arrive at Mabee Gymnasium (second floor of Mabee Memorial Hall, southwest of the corner of Sixth and Fremont streets) with cap and gown at least 30 minutes before your ceremony.
University marshals will form the candidates for degrees into two processional lines. Marshals will lead the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums, flag bearers and degree candidates into Collins Center by the west entrances and direct degree candidates to their seats for the commencement ceremony.
University marshals and administrators seated at the podium will direct and lead candidates for degrees during the commencement ceremony. Follow the directions of the University marshals. All candidates for degrees should wear their mortarboard tassels on the right side until signaled to move the tassel during the commencement ceremony.
University marshals will direct and lead candidates for degrees during the recessional. Please keep moving after exiting Collins Center so that people behind you can exit promptly. Once all degree candidates have exited the Collins Center, audience and family members will be permitted to exit.
In the event that weather will not permit degree candidates to make the short march from Mabee Gymnasium to the Collins Center, candidates will assemble with caps and gowns no later than 30 minutes before their commencement ceremony in the north and south hallways of Collins Center. University officials and university marshals will direct the degree candidates to line up by degree group in the appropriate hallway in preparation for the indoor processional. Follow the directions of the university marshals.

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, 511 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