Commencement 2017

Student Information


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 June 2-4, 2017

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

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 can be ordered online at With Honors Graduation Services. This site will be live in late November, 2016. Students will pick up the items they order at the Almost There Fair in late April, 2017. 

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


Commencement rehearsal will happen at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, on the South Lawn of Old Main. It is mandatory if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 4. 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. Tickets will be be available for purchase after the spring term begins. 

Announcements and Memorabilia

Commencement memorabilia -- from class rings, diploma frames, and graduation announcements -- is available for purchase through With Honors Graduation Services. Again, this site will be live at the end of Fall Term, 2016.

Photography and Video

Personal photography is allowed. In addition, a professional photographer will capture the moment you receive your diploma. More information on professional photography and video will be released closer to graduation day.

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. You must be checked in 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 4. 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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