Commencement 2015

Ceremony Tickets and Lunch


Karrie Heartlein

Director of Government & Community Relations

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Commencement ceremony is held outside on the South Lawn of Old Main. Seating is open, so arrive early to grab your seats! Tickets are only required if the ceremony is moved indoors (T. Fleming Fieldhouse) due to severe weather.


Parents and Families

Students can request up to 10 free tickets from Alumni Relations during Senior Week. Tickets are only required if the ceremony is moved indoors due to severe weather, and each parent, family member, and friend will need a ticket to sit in the reserved section in T. Fleming Fieldhouse. To accommodate all attendees, we ask that our graduates request only as many tickets as needed.

Faculty and Staff

Knox College faculty and staff can request tickets through Alumni Relations and may request up to two additional tickets. Look for ticket distribution information via e-mail.


We encourage alumni to bring your own seating, such as lawn chairs. Members of the Knox-Lombard Fifty Year Club will have reserved seating. For more information, contact the FYC at 309-341-7476 or

VIP Guests

VIP guests of the President and the Fifty Year Club will have reserved seating, and tickets are provided by invitation. For more information, contact the FYC or the President's Office at 309-341-7211 or

General Public

Members of the general public without tickets are welcome to attend Commencement. However, you are encouraged to bring your own seating, such as lawn chairs.


Members of the media should contact the Office of Communications at 309-341-7337 or Space on the video platform and access to the sound booth are available to those who have registered a reservation.

Picnic Lunch

A picnic lunch will be served after the ceremony on the lawn south of Seymour Union. You may purchase your lunch tickets online; reservations can be made until midnight on Wednesday, June 3. Attendance is limited to graduates, their families, trustees, faculty, staff, and invited guests with lunch tickets. In the event of severe weather, the picnic will be held in Seymour Union. Please note that lunch tickets are separate from your ceremony ticket. You are also welcome to eat lunch off campus at one of many Galesburg restaurants.

Purchase Commencement Lunch Tickets here

Special Traffic Instructions

Do NOT exit I-74 onto Main Street. PART OF MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED (View a map of the detour). Use Highway 34 to the Seminary Street exit. 

From the Seminary Street exit at Highway 34: Head south on Seminary toward Ferris St., turn right (west) on Ferris toward Cherry St, turn left (south) on Cherry St. and proceed to Knox Campus. Parking is available in campus lots and at the Knox County Courthouse at the corner of Cherry and South St.

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Printed on Monday, November 30, 2015

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