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Knox College will be hosting Commencement for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, October 10, 2021. 

We want to assure you that we will make any changes necessary to protect the health of Commencement participants and guests, based upon public health guidance. 

COVID-19 Guidelines

Graduates and guests must abide by the College’s COVID-19 guidelines which are available on the Knox Together website. These guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.  Graduates and commencement guests will only be permitted to enter designated buildings to access restroom facilities.


To assist in our planning please fill out the Class of 2020 Commencement Registration form by September 8, 2021. We kindly request that all Class of 2020 graduates fill out the form regardless of whether or not you are able to attend the ceremony on campus. If you plan to attend as a guest of a graduate, please have your Class of 2020 graduate include you in the number of guests they register.


There are no tickets required and there is no limit to the number of guests each graduate may invite, but each graduate must include on the registration form the number of guests attending the ceremony on October 10. Please remember that all graduates and guests must abide by the COVID-19 guidelines as noted above and those guidelines are subject to change at any time.


Printed invitations are available for all graduates who request them on the registration form. Invitations (two per graduate) will be mailed directly to you for you to distribute as you wish.

Caps and Gowns

Please remember to bring your cap and gown and any honor cords and stoles.


Diplomas will not be redistributed during the ceremony. You will have an opportunity to cross the stage as your name is called.


The Commencement Ceremony will be live streamed on the Knox College website.

Submit a Photo in Advance

Graduates are strongly encouraged to submit a photo to be used during the ceremony when your name is announced. We welcome photos of you in your cap and gown and holding your Knox diploma. Feel free to have your family join you in your photo if you would like. High resolution photos of 1929x1080 pixels display best.

Inclement Weather Plan

All Commencement activities will be held outside.  In case of severe weather the Commencement Ceremony will be held in the T. Fleming Field House and morning activities will be cancelled.


UPDATE (9/6/21): Local hotels in the Galesburg area are now reporting availability for October 9 and 10, 2021. Please contact hotels directly for reservations.

Local hotels filled up quickly when the commencement date was announced in March. The College is unable to provide on-campus accommodations for graduates or their guests. Hotels in Moline and Peoria do have vacancies for October 9 and 10.


Parking for Commencement guests is available in the Courthouse parking lot on the corner of South and Cherry Streets. All campus parking lots also are available, including the lots on Berrien (near SMC), Cedar (near Williston Hall), Prairie (near the Fieldhouse), and Academy Streets as well as indicated street parking areas. Please refer to the  campus map for parking lot locations.

The turnaround at Alumni Hall is reserved for emergency access.

The Cherry Street parking lot is reserved for accessible parking. There will be golf carts at this location to assist guests in getting from their cars to the ceremony venue.

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