Dates, Times & Locations

December Commencement:

Undergraduate ceremony

10 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2019, in Henderson Auditorium at the Rainey Fine Arts Center

Graduate ceremony

3 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2019, in Henderson Auditorium at the Rainey Fine Arts Center


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 place and when graduates receive their diplomas. 

Etiquette & Safety

During the roll call of graduates, audience members are requested to hold applause until all graduates’ names have been read. This courtesy enables the hearing of every graduate’s name. 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 the names of students on the dean's list to the student’s hometown newspaper.

More Information

For questions or concerns about commencement, please e-mail or call AU at 864-231-2000 or 1-800-542-3594 and ask for the Office of the Registrar.