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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December Commencement | Sunday, Dec. 18

1 p.m. | All Associate & Bachelor’s Degrees

College of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Professional & Graduate Studies, School of Education

4 p.m. | Master’s & Doctoral Degrees

School of Professional & Graduate Studies, School of Education

December 2016 Commencement Events

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony | December 16

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 | December 18

All who are celebrating commencement day are invited to attend brunch in the Susanne Richardson 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 meal.

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.

Toast & Hooding Rehearsal for Ed.D. Degree Candidates | December 18

A celebratory toast and hooding rehearsal will be held at 3 p.m. in the Holt-Russell Gallery upstairs in Parmenter Hall before the School of Education graduate degree ceremony.

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.


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

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
Long Student Center

Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Quayle Bible Collection
Collins Library Building
518 Eighth Street

Sunday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. – noon

Old Castle Museum
511 Fifth Street

Sunday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. – 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. pdf Walking Tour Map