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Graduation FAQs

Do you have questions about the process of graduation?

What time should candidates arrive at the Family Arena and when will the ceremonies begin?

The ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15.  All graduating students choosing to participate in the ceremony are required to check-in for the ceremony at the check-in tables by entering through Gate 4.  Students should check-in by 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and check-in by 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony. 

  • Gates will open Saturday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m. for the following schools: School of Accelerated Degree Programs.
  • Gates will open Saturday, December 15 at 1:30 p.m. for the following schools: School of Arts, Media, and Communications; Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship; School of Education; School of Health Sciences; School of Humanities; and the School of Sciences.

What happens at the check-in table?

All graduating students will receive a card with their diploma name and line-up information. Students should then proceed to student line-up area.  Students will line-up with other students within their school.

Do guests need tickets?

Guests will not need tickets for the 2018 December ceremonies. Guest seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What time should guests arrive?

The St. Charles Family Arena will open to the public 1½ hours before the start of each ceremony.  Guests may enter through Gate 1 requiring an elevator to access 100 and 200-level seating, The elevator is located on the west side of the Main Lobby. The elevator is located on the Main Concourse across from section 102.  Guests may also enter through gates 2, 3, or 4.  Gates 1 and 2 will close 10 minutes before the start of each ceremony to allow the student procession to move into its starting place.  These gates will re-open after all students have entered into the arena floor.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the events to allow time for traffic, parking, and metal detectors at the entry gates, and to assure easy access to seats and services.

How long does the ceremony usually last?

The ceremony will be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours in length.

How do I order my cap and gown for the ceremony?

Order online at the Herff Jones website between August 27, 2018 and October 12, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time at will be shipped to the campus bookstore.  We will notify you via email when the regalia is available for pick up.

Do I have to wear a cap and gown to the commencement ceremony?

Yes, all faculty and students taking part in the graduation ceremony are required to wear traditional academic attire.

Can I participate if I already have a cap and gown from somewhere else?

No. Graduating students must order a cap and gown from Herff Jones. Herff Jones provides Lindenwood with a list of students who placed orders online or in person, and this list is used to generate the lineup and seating for the ceremony. If you have not ordered from Herff Jones, you will not have a place in the lineup or a place in the graduating student seating area.

Will my name be read?

Yes. All graduating students come to the stage, present their card to the reader, walk across the stage, then they are congratulated by the president and dean of school.

Does Lindenwood offer a name pronunciation tool?

Lindenwood partners with NameCoach, students may record their diploma name via the NameCoach website so our reader(s) may review and practice before the ceremony.  An email with the NameCoach information will be sent to students who order regalia.

How will students line-up for the ceremony?

Students will line-up and be seated with other students within their School.  The card that they receive from the check-in table will include a row and seat number.  Lindenwood staff will be available to assist students in the line-up area.

Do I qualify for general honors, and how do I get my honors cords?

The Lindenwood faculty awards general honors to those undergraduate students who have completed all degree requirements with academic distinction. To be eligible for general honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 50 semester hours in residence at Lindenwood University. Students whose Lindenwood cumulative grade point averages fall within the following ranges are eligible for Cum Laude (3.70 to 3.85), Magna Cum Laude (3.86 to 3.93), or Summa Cum Laude (3.94 to 4.00). Students must have achieved the minimum cumulative GPA by the end of the academic quarter or semester preceding December Commencement. General honors cannot be based on the estimated outcome of terms in progress at the time of the December Commencement. Please note: General honors are not awarded to graduate, specialist, or doctoral students.

When and where do I pick up my honors cords?

Honors cords will be distributed to eligible undergraduate students at graduation check-in on the day of the ceremony.

Do Graduate students receive general honors?


Do I have to wear my hood during the ceremony if I am a graduate student?

Graduate students should wear all items including the hood when they arrive for check-in at Commencement.

Do I have a graduation fee and what does it include?

Undergraduate students pay a graduation fee of $100 that covers the entire cost of graduation processing and commencement, including diplomas, caps, and gowns. The $125 fee for graduate students and $200 fee for doctoral students includes diplomas, caps, gowns, hoods, and other applicable fees. All outstanding Lindenwood charges must be paid before diplomas are released. All graduating students must pay the graduation fee regardless of whether they choose to participate in the ceremony.

Is there a graduation rehearsal I need to attend?

No, there is no rehearsal.

When do I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed directly to the student’s billing address listed in our student information system if the account balance does not have a delinquent balance.  Diplomas will be mailed between five and eight weeks after the conferral date (August 30, September 30, October 30 and December 30).  Conferral date is defined as the date on which your degree is officially awarded, it will not be the Commencement date.  All graduating students will receive a complimentary transcript if the account balance does not have a delinquent balance.  This will be mailed separately a month after the conferral date.

Will professional photos be taken?

Lindenwood University contracts with GradImages® to photograph each graduate at Commencement. These photos are taken of graduates 1) receiving their diploma, 2) standing in front of a Lindenwood banner, and 3) a close-up photograph. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail, and GradImages will contact them when their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. While there is no obligation to make a purchase, proofs will be emailed and mailed to each student’s address. Up to 6 (six) family members’ contact information may be added to help share the good news and the photos by going to the GradImages site at

Lindenwood University has no affiliation with the photographer; inquiries should be directed to GradImages® Customer Service Department, and they can be reached by phone at 1 (800) 261-2576, via the web at, or via mail at GradImages® 3490 Martin Hurst Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312

Where can I purchase Graduation announcements and class rings?

Formal graduation announcements and class rings are available to order online at

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