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.

Commencement Ceremony I

Undergraduates from the Department of Communication Arts and the School of Music
1:00 PM - Friday, May 7, 2021
Paul Dana Walker Arena

Commencement Ceremony II

Undergraduates from the Departments of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Natural Sciences
4:00 PM - Friday, May 7, 2021
Paul Dana Walker Arena

Commencement Ceremony III

Undergraduates from the School of Nursing, School of Religion, and Lee-Online Undergraduates
7:00 PM - Friday, May 7, 2021
Paul Dana Walker Arena

Commencement Ceremony IV

Masters-Level graduates
8:30 AM - Saturday, May 8, 2021
Paul Dana Walker Arena

Commencement Ceremony V

Undergraduates from the Department of Language and Literature and the College of Education
11:30 AM - Saturday, May 8, 2021
Paul Dana Walker Arena

Commencement Ceremony VI

Undergraduates from the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities and the School of Business
2:30 PM - Saturday, May 8, 2021
Paul Dana Walker Arena

Summer 2021 Graduates Winter 2021 Graduates
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, July 31, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center
Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center
Summer 2021 Graduates Winter 2021 Graduates
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, July 30, 2021
6:30 PM
Conn Center
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, December 10, 2021
6:30 PM
Conn Center
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 the COVID Health Screening station at each venue. Clearance involves a temperature check, wearing a mask, and the completion of the online screening questionnaire. The online screening questionnaire will be posted here one week prior to Graduation weekend.

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.

The Commencement Ceremonies are ticketed events.

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 approximately four weeks prior to Graduation Weekend, with the number of guest tickets they will receive. 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, will be given to the graduating students during graduation rehearsal.

For Summer 2021 and Winter 2021:
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:

Handicap 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 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.

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

Lee University provides childcare at the Early Learning Center (ELC) for children up to four years of age. The Early Learning Center is located next to the School of Nursing and School of Business. To reserve a spot for your child(ren) - please call the Early Learning Center by Friday, April 30. Childcare will open 30 minutes before the start of student line-up and doors opening for guest seating. Make plans to pick up your child immediately following the ceremony so that the ELC can prepare for the next ceremony. Early Learning Center, (423) 614-8409.

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.

For Spring 2021:
Aspects of the Commissioning Ceremony will be incorporated into the Commencement ceremonies. A reception will also follow each Commencement Ceremony.

For Summer 2021 and Winter 2021
The Commissioning Ceremony on Friday and the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday are two distinct events. The students and faculty march wearing regalia for both ceremonies, 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.

For Spring 2021:
Aspects of the Hooding Ceremony will be incorporated into the masters-level Commencement Ceremony.

For Summer 2021 and Winter 2021:
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 to 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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