Date & Time:

Friday, December 18, 2015
6 p.m.


Henderson Auditorium
Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621

You’ve looked forward to this day for a long time—graduation day. It’s an exciting moment, and a day full of details. Below is the information you need to make graduation day stress-free and enjoyable.


Guests may park in any of the lots around campus. Parking lots are located behind the Boulevard dorms on Boulevard, behind the Thrift Library and Rainey Fine Arts Center on Kingsley Street, and adjacent to the Abney Athletic Center on Calhoun Street. The lots behind Thrift Library and Rainey are closest to the graduation venue.


Restrooms are available in the Rainey Fine Arts Center adjacent to Daniel Recital Hall and Henderson Auditorium.

Order of Ceremony

At 6:00 p.m., the graduates process into Henderson Auditorium. The ceremony opens with the tolling of the University Bell, followed by an invocation, a hymn, and a welcome from the president, after which special awards and recognition are conferred. The commencement speaker then addresses the graduates, followed by the conferring of honorary degrees and the roll call of graduating students. To conclude the ceremony, graduates and attendees sing AU’s alma mater, “The Sounds of Anderson,” and a closing benediction is offered.  

Reception & Refreshments

Following the ceremony, graduates, professors, family, and friends are encouraged to attend a reception in Food for Thought, located on the bottom level of the Thrift Library.


Individual formal photos are taken of the graduates as they receive their diplomas and as they exit the stage. These photos are available for purchase online at Family and friends are also welcome to take photos as graduates file into the auditorium and when graduates receive their diplomas. The reception following commencement is also a good opportunity for taking photos.

Etiquette & Safety

During the roll call of graduates, audience members are requested to hold applause until all graduates’ names have been read. This is done to ensure that every graduate’s name is heard. Families and friends of graduates are invited to stand when their graduate’s name is read.

Noisemakers are prohibited, as well as signage that impedes the view of other attendees.

Tobacco, alcohol, fireworks, and weapons are also prohibited.


Commencement is a formal occasion. Graduates should dress appropriately, as for a business appointment or a traditional church service.

Instructions to Graduates

The Office of the Registrar sends detailed instructions to graduates concerning the commencement ceremony and the required rehearsal. Graduates must assemble in the Rainey Fine Arts Center by 5:00 p.m. Graduates will line up in the hall and process into the aisles of Henderson Auditorium at the start of the ceremony.

Purchasing Regalia

Graduating seniors can purchase graduation garb during the AU bookstore’s “Grad Finale” event in October, or any time after the event while supplies last. The bookstore purchases regalia in bulk, so students can take the garb home the day they purchase it. Students requiring less common dimensions, such as very tall or very short sizes, should purchase their regalia as soon as possible to ensure availability.

Though prices may vary from year to year, graduation garb for bachelor's degree students is about $91, and $104 for master’s degree students.

Newspaper Announcements

Anderson University automatically sends graduate names and degrees to the student’s hometown newspaper.

More Information

For questions or concerns about commencement, please contact Anderson University at 864-231-2000 or 1-800-542-3594 and ask for the Office of the Registrar.