Graduation

Graduation Office

1120 N Ocoee Street
P.O. Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450
(423) 614-8117

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

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Students must apply to graduate from Lee University. Upon receipt of the Graduation Application, the student's academic and non-academic file will be reviewed to ensure completion of all requirements. The Graduation Application is in Portico Self Service and Graduation Overview. Students can find additional graduation information in Portico under University Services and the University Catalog.

Spring 2021 Graduates Summer 2021 Graduates Winter 2021 Graduates
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, May 7, 2021
6:30 PM
South Campus Quad Lawn
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, July 30, 2021
6:30 PM
Conn Center
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, December 10, 2021
6:30 PM
Conn Center
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 8, 2021
9:30 AM
South Campus Quad Lawn
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, July 31, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center

*If inclement weather, ceremonies will move to the Paul Dana Walker Arena.

Spring 2021 Graduates Summer 2021 Graduates Winter 2021 Graduates
Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 7, 2021
4:30 PM
Stone Chapel
Hooding Ceremony
Friday, July 30, 2021
4:30 PM
Stone Chapel
 Hooding Ceremony
Friday, December 10, 2021
4:30 PM
Stone Chapel
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, May 7, 2021
6:30 PM
South Campus Quad Lawn
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, July 30, 2021
6:30 PM
Conn Center
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, December 10, 2021
6:30 PM
Conn Center
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 8, 2021
9:30 AM
South Campus Quad Lawn
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, July 31, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center

Health Screening Requirement and Masks

All guests are required to receive clearance at a COVID Health Screening station. Clearance involves a temperature check and completion of a questionnaire (more information regarding available Health Screening stations to be announced).

The requirement of masks will follow the CDC guidelines in place at the time of the ceremonies.

Guests should allow themselves extra time to visit a Health Screening location before the ceremony. We ask that guests arrive with enough time to be seated approximately thirty minutes before the ceremony start time. Doors open approximately 1 ½ to 1 hour before the ceremony begins. Please note that seating is first come, first served.

Both Summer and Winter Commissioning and Commencement Ceremonies are ticketed events. Weather permitting, the Spring Commissioning and Commencement ceremonies are held outside and do not require guest tickets. However if rain is likely, these events will be moved indoors and are then ticketed. If it is determined to move a ceremony inside, it will immediately be posted on the Lee University Website.

Potential graduates will receive an email approximately four weeks before the services with the number of tickets they will receive. In all cases of ticketed services, there will be non-ticketed seating available in a secondary venue with live streaming of the services.

The number of guest tickets each graduate receives is determined after the Official Candidate List is released. Students will receive an email from the Graduation Office with all ticket information approximately four weeks prior to Graduation Weekend, with the number of guest tickets they will receive. Also, at that time, the student can fill out the Extra Ticket Request Form to be placed on the wait list to request additional guest tickets. The number of extra tickets available may not be known until the week of Graduation. In all cases of ticketed ceremonies, there will be a secondary venue available for guests who do not receive a ticket. The ceremonies will be live-streamed in this secondary venue. Guest tickets, including if there is fulfillment of extra tickets, will be given to the graduating students during graduation rehearsal.

The Hooding Ceremony (Masters-level and Ed.S graduates) is held indoors and therefore, a ticketed event. Guest tickets will be processed for the Hooding Ceremony as mentioned above.

The following resources are available for all guests with disabilities:

Handicapped Parking:
Lots will be located close to each venue. Campus Security will be available to help direct guests to these lots.

Accessible Seating:
Accommodations are available at all ceremonies. The Graduation Office will contact graduates via email about their guest’s accommodations for seating and parking approximately four weeks prior to Graduation Weekend.

Guest seating will pause 15 minutes before the start of each ceremony to accommodate the processional. Guests should plan to find seats thirty minutes before the start of each ceremony.

Should the Spring Commissioning and Commencement ceremonies be held outside, secondary venues with air conditioned seating will be available. The ceremonies will be live-streamed in the secondary venues.

For your convenience, listed below are various medical centers that offer rental opportunities of medical equipment. 

Medical Center Compounding Pharmacy and Health Center
2401 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN (423) 476-5548

Bradley Medical Equipment
1800 South Lee Highway, Cleveland, TN (423) 472-4300

Cherokee Pharmacy of Cleveland
1690 25th Street NW, Cleveland, TN (423) 559-3000

Childcare is available for children, infants to 4 years of age. The hours of operation will be announced closer to the date of the ceremonies.

There will be signs throughout campus directing guests to the childcare location. Childcare is located in the Early Learning Center.

Photography

Lee University Photography provides official graduation photography services. Portraits are taken of all graduates on stage as they receive their diploma. Cap and Gown Portraits are also available after the Commencement Ceremony.

Photos may be viewed at www.leeuphotos.smugmug.com. For more information, please contact the Office of Publications by phone at (423) 614-8627 (M-F 8am-5pm) or email publications@leeuniversity.edu.

Videos

Videos of the graduation ceremonies may be accessed through the following resources:

  • For 2015-present Graduation Ceremonies:
    • Live Stream: live video stream of the upcoming ceremonies may be viewed on: livestream.com/leeu.
    • Vimeo: Videos of the Commissioning, Commencement and Hooding ceremonies may be imbedded or downloaded off of Vimeo via Lee University’s page, vimeo.com/leeuniversity. See your graduation program for the release date.
  • For 2013-2014 Graduation Ceremonies:
  • For 2009-2012 Graduation Ceremonies:
    • iTunes: Videos of the Commissioning and Commencement ceremonies may be downloaded free of charge from iTunes. Search “Lee University Graduation,” and select any of the ceremonies you wish to download.

The Commissioning Ceremony on Friday and the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday are both ticketed events but are two distinct events. The students and faculty march wearing regalia for both services, but the content and purpose of each ceremony is different.

The Commissioning Ceremony is a special time for students and their families. Student speakers (undergraduate and graduate) will share their Lee University stories. Also, each graduate will cross the stage to receive a personalized Bible - a gift from Lee University. After the ceremony, which lasts approximately 1 and 1/2 hours, a reception (no cost and non-ticketed) is provided for graduates and their friends and families.

The Commencement Ceremony on Saturday morning is the official conferral of degrees and recognition of academic achievement. Each graduate will cross the stage as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs recognizes each student by name and congratulated by the President.

The Hooding Ceremony is specifically for students completing their master’s or educational specialist degrees and their guests. Graduating students will speak and each student will cross the stage and be hooded by their Graduate Program Director and Academic Dean. Immediately following the hooding ceremony, there is a brief reception for students to visit with faculty and guests before leaving for the Commissioning Ceremony.

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