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Frequently Asked Questions


Commencement Coordinator


The Knox Shop
Ford Center for the Fine Arts

As we continue our planning, we will add logistical information to these frequently asked questions. Should you have any questions that haven’t been answered through our communications or through these questions and answers, please email Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

  • We are following the State of Illinois “Restore Illinois” guidelines on gathering limits and distancing. By splitting the number of graduates in half, we have the space to safely accommodate graduates and their guests for each ceremony. We have also been working with the Knox County Health Department to ensure our plans adhere to their guidelines.

  • We want to allow for an inclement weather day, and we did not want to push the ceremony into the following week or require additional travel for guests.

  • Students were provided the opportunity to indicate a preference for the morning or afternoon ceremony. Students were sent an email on May 1 with their assigned ceremony time. We made every effort to ensure that graduates participate in the ceremony of their choice, but the placement is final.

  • Due to limitations on the number of graduates and spectators resulting from the pandemic, you will need to attend the ceremony to which you are assigned. Please ensure that guests make their travel arrangements accordingly. However, should there be extraordinary circumstances or an emergency, there may be an opportunity to make a change. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions.

  • Graduates will need to be in attendance to participate in Commencement ceremonies. We will, however, pay tribute to those who can’t participate in person by reading names and at the same time, displaying a slide with the graduate’s name and photo, if the student requested this option.

    If your plans have changed and you no longer intend to participate in the live ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible at

  • The ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. We anticipate each ceremony will last one to 1.5 hours.

    Guests are invited to arrive up to an hour and a half before the start of the ceremony. We ask that guests leave the Commencement area within an hour of the close of the ceremony.

  • The program will include in-person remarks from President Amott, the senior class speaker, and other Knox representatives, pre-recorded remarks from Dr. Ngozi Ezike, our Commencement Speaker, and the awarding of degrees.

    Each graduate will have the opportunity to cross the stage and receive their diploma in person.

  • We plan to hold the events outside, rain or shine. For rain, we will provide a poncho to all attendees. If we encounter severe weather (thunderstorms with lightning or a tornado), we will delay until the weather passes. If severe weather is anticipated, we will postpone to Sunday, June 6, our inclement weather date, in advance.

  • Each graduate will be allowed three guests. Those without tickets will need to watch the ceremonies on livestream.

  • We will be using an electronic ticketing system, which will be distributed to graduates via email. Additional details on distributing tickets will be provided soon.

  • There is separate graduate and guest seating. Guests are asked to arrive no earlier than an hour and a half before the ceremony start time. Guests will proceed directly to the guest seating section.

    All seats will be spaced 6 feet apart, even for guests within households. Please respect the physical distancing measures and leave chairs where you find them.

  • The deadline to claim tickets is May 23rd. After this deadline, if there are any additional guest tickets available, they will be made available. Details on requesting these unclaimed tickets are being finalized with the ticketing system and information will be shared once the process is defined.

  • Caps, gowns, and some additional regalia will be distributed during Rehearsal on Thursday, June 3. The times for Rehearsal will be announced soon.

  • Knox works with an outside vendor that offers announcements, class rings, and more for sale:

    There will be a photographer capturing images of each graduate—one as they approach the stage, one when they receive their diploma, and a portrait after leaving the stage. Purchase of these photos will be available through the vendor, GradImages. Knox is providing each graduate the option to choose one of these images for free.

  • Yes. At this time, there will be additional in-person and virtual events planned around Commencement 2021. More details will follow.

  • Knox College takes the health and safety of our community very seriously. All attendees will be required to follow safety protocols, including wearing a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) and social distancing. As we get closer to the date, we will share guidelines with all graduates and guests. We want these events to be as safe as they are celebratory, and we ask everyone to support our community’s health and wellness by following the guidelines.

  • All seniors participating in Commencement must test the week prior to Saturday’s event. Testing will take place during the following dates and times at the Fieldhouse:

    Monday, May 31—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 1—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, June 2—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Students returning to campus to participate in Commencement will need to submit proof of a pcr COVID test within 5 days prior to graduation to If arriving back in Galesburg before June 2, you may participate in senior testing times listed above. You can register at the test site on testing days.

    Guests will not need to provide a COVID test to attend the ceremony.

  • Yes, however mask wearing and social distancing will be required at all times while on campus.

  • We ask that all guests stay in the guest seating area for the duration of the ceremony. There will be a photographer on campus taking three shots of all graduates - one as they approach the stage, one when they receive their diploma, and a portrait after leaving the stage. Purchase of these photos will be available through the vendor, GradImages.

    Knox is providing each graduate the option to choose one of these images for free.

  • We have scheduled a Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration for Sunday, October 10, the day after Homecoming, on our campus. More details will follow.

  • Please forward any questions to, or visit the Commencement web page.

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