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. This semester's graduation speaker will be South Carolina School of the Arts Associate Professor of Art Tim Speaker.

Date & Time

December 15, 2017
6 p.m.

Campus Location

The December graduation is held in Henderson Auditorium, located in the Rainey Fine Arts Center on Kingsley Street. The ceremony is a ticketed event. Overflow seating for non-ticket holders is in the G. Ross Anderson Jr. Student Center theater.


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. .

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 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.