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2014 Commencement Week Schedule

Knox commencement ceremony

We have a variety of exciting events lined up for Commencement Week, including fireworks, Senior Pumphandle, jazz night, a dessert reception with the president, and a picnic lunch after the Commencement ceremony.

Friday, June 6
11:00 a.m. Senior Pumphandle
Don't miss out on this great Knox College tradition that takes place every year.
Seymour North Lawn
12:00 p.m. Senior Challenge Results and Toast
Immediately following Pumphandle, join the Knox community for a tribute to the senior class, with a toast given by a surprise toastmaster and the announcement of the Senior Challenge results.
Oak Room
4:30-6:00 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Reception and Initiation Ceremony
Family and friends are invited to this event.
Hermann R. Muelder Reading Room, Seymour Library
8:00-10:00 p.m. President's Dessert Reception
Seniors, their families, trustees, faculty, and staff are invited to join the president for dessert.
Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts (CFA)
9:30 p.m. Fireworks
Celebrate our graduates with a fireworks display!
Lawn North of the Tennis Courts
Saturday, June 7
8:30-10:00 a.m. Hospitality for Commencement Guests
Rolls, coffee, tea, and water will be available for Commencement guests.
Lobby, Seymour Union
9:15 a.m. Commencement Lineup
Graduating seniors line up in preparation for the Commencement ceremony. (Rain location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)
Lobby, CFA
10:00 a.m. Commencement
The Commencement ceremony is held outside. Seating is open, so arrive early to grab your seats! Read more about the speaker, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. (Severe weather location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse. The Fieldhouse will be utilized only in the event of serious inclement weather. Tickets are only required if the ceremony is moved indoors.)
South Lawn of Old Main
12:00 p.m. Picnic Lunch (lunch ticket required)
A picnic lunch will be served, and tickets can be purchased online after spring break. Attendance is limited to graduates, their families, trustees, faculty, staff, and invited guests with previously purchased lunch tickets. You are also welcome to eat lunch off campus at one of many Galesburg restaurants. (Severe weather location: Seymour Union)
Lawn South of Seymour Union
5:00 p.m. Concert on the Lawn
This free outdoor concert is open to the public and features the award-winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony under the direction of conductor Bruce Polay. (Severe weather location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)
South Lawn of Old Main
Sunday, June 8
Seniors must check out of their residence hall/apartment by 1:00 p.m. Please turn in keys to Campus Security.