Graduate Instructions

Who Can Participate

The following groups of students will be invited to participate in Commencement exercises held at the close of the Spring 2015 term:

  • Students who have completed degree requirements prior to Commencement. 
  • Students who will, at the end of the spring term, have earned at least a 2.0 overall, major and INQ grade point average but who are lacking no more than two units of academic credit and have made arrangements to complete degree requirements by the end of the summer term (no later than July 31). 
  • Students who are participating in the 3-2 Engineering program who have completed all residency  requirements at Roanoke College and will complete all degree requirements by the end of the 2015 summer session. A notation of "Anticipated August Graduate" will be included in the Commencement program beside the names of students in groups (b) and (c). An empty diploma tube will be presented to these students at Commencement.  Following the completion of all degree requirements, a diploma will be ordered and mailed to the student's home address. Further, candidates with outstanding financial obligations are not allowed to participate in Commencement so it's important that you complete all payments to the College prior to Commencement.   

Please note that if you have concerns about the pronunciation of your name at Commencement, you should stop by the Registrar's Office at your earliest convenience.

Academic Attire 

Academic Attire: You are not required to order your regalia and there is no cost to you. Representatives from Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be located in the Bookstore on Friday, May 1, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 2 from 7:00-9:30 a.m. Graduates will be fitted for their academic attire when they pick up their caps, hoods and robes in the Bookstore.  Please note that you must pick up your own academic attire (items will not be given to anyone else) and your Roanoke College identification will be needed to pick up the attire.

The hood and cap are NOT worn at the Baccalaureate service but are required at Commencement. Also, note that cords or stoles are NOT worn at Baccalaureate. The academic attire does not have to be returned. Please bring "bobbypins" if you need them to steady your cap. Faculty marshals and staff will be on hand to assist you in robing and lining you up in the proper order.