Parents gathering with students at commencement.

For Family & Guests


The baccalaureate service is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. All are welcome to attend this open worship service for graduates and families. The baccalaureate preacher will be Dr. Jim Dawsey, Wolfe Chair and Professor of Religion. More details are forthcoming.

Special Ceremonies

As we approach one of our most cherished moments of the academic year, commencement, we also celebrate our student achievements in hosting the Diversity & Inclusion Year-End Ceremonies. Learn more.

Commencement 2023

Congratulations to the graduates and their families! We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our students! Emory & Henry College plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony this spring for the graduating class of 2023 on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 10 a.m. on Nicewonder Field at Fred Selfe Stadium. The ceremony includes those that have completed degrees in December 2022, May 2023 or August 2023.

Commencement Location

The commencement ceremony will be held at Fred Selfe Stadium rain or shine with up to 1,500 attendees. We intend to be outside at Fred Selfe Stadium, rain or shine. We will go inside the King Center gym only if there is a chance of extreme weather or lightning in which case tickets will be limited. The ceremony will also be live-streamed online for those that cannot attend.


Reserved parking for guests with disabilities will be available behind The van Vlissingen Center for wheelchairs, with additional handicapped parking at the King Center. All other parking lots on campus will be open for other guests. Automobile traffic through the campus will be restricted beginning at 9:45 a.m. After that time, traffic will be directed away from the King Center.

Seating for Guests

Up to 1,500 seats will be available in the Fred Selfe Stadium. Family and friends will enter the stadium on the east end or Brooks Field House side and be seated in the home stands. In the case of an extreme weather event, graduates will be provided with TWO (2) guest tickets for commencement that may be used for seating in the King Center gym.


Since COVID-19 restrictions have been eased, there will be no limit to the number of guests allowed in the stadium and masks will not be required. Graduates will be provided with TWO (2) guest tickets for commencement that may be used in the event of extreme weather conditions. Otherwise, we intend to be outside with ample seating.

In Case of Extreme weather or lightning

Commencement will be held outside for the class of 2023 rain or shine unless there are extreme weather conditions. In the event of lightning, the ceremony will be paused or delayed to allow severe weather to pass. Guests may relocate to nearby buildings or vehicles. If the chance of lightning continues, graduates and TWO guests only will be allowed into the King Center gym where the ceremony will continue and diplomas will be handed out. The ceremony will be live-streamed online on the College’s YouTube channel


Guests are welcome to take photos and videotape the ceremony. Unfortunately, family and friends will not be allowed on the field to take photos or in any way interact in close proximity with graduates during the ceremony.


Only service animals are allowed at commencement.