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Karrie Heartlein

Director of Government & Community Relations

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



The Knox Shop
Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Commencement Weekend May 31-June 2, 2019


Congratulations, Graduate-to-be!

Knox faculty and staff are here to help you and your family prepare for the big day. This page will guide you through the essentials—from getting your cap and gown to finalizing paperwork with the Registrar.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are required for graduates walking in the ceremony. Caps & gowns will become available in early January. Students will pick up their pre-ordered caps & gowns at the Almost There Fair in April. 

Caps & gowns are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, saving an average of 23 plastic bottles (per cap/gown) from the landfill.

Other graduation supplies can be ordered from With Honors Graduation Supplies.


Commencement rehearsal will happen at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, on the South Lawn of Old Main. It is mandatory if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 2. The severe weather location is T. Fleming Fieldhouse.

Dress Code

There is no official dress code for the Commencement ceremony. However, we recommend dressing appropriately for the occasion, including footwear. You will be walking through grass and then across a stage in your gown, so please wear shoes that you will not fall, slip, or trip in.

Procession and Lineup

Graduates will line up at 9:15 a.m. on Commencement day in the lobby of CFA. The severe weather location is T. Fleming Fieldhouse.

Picnic Lunch

A picnic lunch will be served after the ceremony on the South Lawn. Reservations are required. Graduates with reservations receive a free lunch. Family and guests will need to purchase a ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase in April.

Announcements and Memorabilia

Commencement memorabilia—from class rings, diploma frames, and graduation announcements—are available for purchase from Oak Hall Graduation Services.

Photography and Video

Personal photography is allowed. In addition, a professional photographer will capture the moment you receive your diploma. When you attend the Almost There Fair, you will provide contact information to the photographer, so they can send proofs of your graduation photos in the mail.

Knox College Communications will live stream the event via YouTube. A link will be posted here when the livestream is available.

Ready to Graduate?

Be sure to check with the Registrar's office to make sure they have accurate records of credits earned and requirements completed. In late winter 2019, you will be asked to register your plans to attend the ceremony. You must be registered before you will be added to the list of graduates.

Residence Hall Check Out

Please check out of your residence hall/apartment by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Keys must be returned to Campus Security.

More Questions? Need Help?

Contact the Commencement Office at 309-341-7340, or visit Alumni Hall 202.

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