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Graduation 2018

Augustana College graduation will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, Ill.

The ceremony will be livestreamed and archived on the college's YouTube channel.

This will be Augustana's 158th Commencement Convocation.

Saturday, May 19

Noon Senior Honors Convocation, Centennial Hall

4 p.m. Music Festival Concert, Centennial Hall

6-9 p.m. Senior Send-Off, Founders Courtyard (rain location: Gävle Rooms)

The Class of 2018, along with their families, is invited to enjoy one last evening on campus as students. Each student receives four complimentary passes to the event. Additional passes may be purchased for $12.

Dinner is included, featuring an Asian station, a taco bar and a selection of American favorites. A cash bar from Bent River Brewery will be available for those who are 21. Live music provided by Minus Six. Faculty are also invited.

Reservations may be made online or by calling 309-794-7306 during business hours.  

Sunday, May 20

8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass, Ascension Chapel

10 a.m. Baccalaureate, Centennial Hall. This year's pastor will be the Rev. Sarah Iliff McGill ’06, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA).

10 a.m.-1 p.m. President's Brunch in The Gerber Center Dining Hall

Join President Steven Bahls and Jane Easter Bahls for a special brunch in The Gerber Center. Tickets are $13.95 for adults and $7.45 for children. Augustana students may use their meal plan.

Tickets may be purchased at the dining hall, but reservations are encouraged. Buy tickets online or call 309-794-7306 during business hours.

Please arrange your meal so that the graduating senior will be at the TaxSlayer Center no later than 1:15 p.m. for line-up. Be aware that some restaurants will be extremely busy.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Faculty receptions for graduates and their families

Faculty from the various academic departments will greet graduates and their families in Wallenberg Hall in the Denkmann Memorial Building, Hanson Hall of Science and the Forum in Old Main. 

Wallenberg Hall will host all academic departments housed there, plus departments from Evald Hall.

Hanson Hall will host all academic departments housed there, plus geosciences, and departments from Brodahl and Olin.

The Forum (second Floor Old Main), will host all academic departments housed in Old Main, and departments from, Bergendoff and Abbey Studio.

2 p.m. 158th Commencement Convocation

No tickets are required for the ceremony. The TaxSlayer Center has sufficient seating capacity for commencement and is handicapped accessible. Graduating seniors or family members with seating or accessibility concerns are encouraged to check the TaxSlayer Center for details.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Do I have to attend baccalaureate?

A: A majority of graduates choose to attend the baccalaureate service, which is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the friends and experiences the college has given you. Centennial Hall is packed for this very festive worship experience, and there is a sense of the entire campus community joining with graduates and their families in prayer and praise. So, while attendance is not required, baccalaureate offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the gift of your years at Augustana.

Q: How long will the baccalaureate service last?

A: Worship lasts about an hour, ending around 11 a.m., leaving graduates and their families ample time for a leisurely lunch before assembling for commencement at 1:15 p.m.

Q: Are tickets required for baccalaureate?

A: While no tickets are required and there is open seating in Centennial Hall, family members and friends should plan to arrive as close as possible to 9:30 a.m. 

Q: Am I expected to participate in commencement?

A: Commencement is the culminating event for you and your family, and it is expected that you will participate. If you need to be excused, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 309-794-7277. 

Q: Will I receive a diploma when I graduate?

A: No, graduates are given a diploma cover at commencement. Graduates will have the option to pick-up their diploma or have the diploma mailed upon certification of completion of the degree requirements. Note: Diplomas will not be available for those with an outstanding balance in the business office.

Q: How long will the commencement ceremony last?

A: The ceremony usually lasts around two hours and will be over at about 4 p.m.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the commencement ceremonies?

A: There is no rehearsal. Graduates should assemble at the TaxSlayer Center at 1:15 p.m. in cap and gown. There will be no other rehearsal.