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.


AU's spring commencement ceremony is held on the upper end of Alumni Lawn, between Boulevard and Front Street. The six-acre Alumni Lawn stands at the front of campus and is shaded by large oak trees. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least an hour in advance of the ceremony as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Alumni Lawn
Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621

Baccalaureate Service:

6:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017
Concord Baptist Church 
102 Concord Road
Anderson, SC 29621

Post-Graduation Reception

Following the spring ceremony, graduates, professors, family, and friends are encouraged to mingle on the lawn. Graduates and their families should arrange a specific meeting place on the lawn, which will make it easier to find one another after the ceremony. Be sure to look for the beverages and treats on the nearby tables.


Restrooms are located in three buildings bordering Front Street, across from Alumni Lawn: Johnston Hall, the Merritt Administration Building, and Vandiver Hall. Water stations are available before and during the ceremony, placed at multiple locations on the lawn.


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


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.

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.