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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Spring 2021 Graduates Summer 2021 Graduates
Commission Ceremony
Friday, May 7, 2021
6:30 PM
South Campus Quad Lawn*
Commission Ceremony
Friday, July 30, 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
  • If inclement weather, ceremonies will move to the Paul Dana Walker Arena.
Spring 2021 Graduates  Summer 2021 Graduates
Hooding Ceremony

Friday, May 7, 2021
4:30 PM
Stone Chapel

Hooding Ceremony

Friday, July 30, 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

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021
9:30 AM
South Campus Quad Lawn*

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, July 31, 2021
10:30 AM
Conn Center

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

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 fifteen minutes before the ceremony start time. Doors open approximately 1 ½ to 1 hour before the ceremony. Please note that seating is first come, first served.

Both July and December Commissioning and Commencement Ceremonies are ticketed services. Weather permitting, the May Commissioning and Commencement services are held outside and do not require tickets. However if rain is likely, these events are held indoors and are ticketed. If it is determined to move any ceremony inside, that information will be prominently displayed on this page.

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 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 the ceremony. At that time the student can fill out the Extra Ticket Request Form to be placed on the waiting list to request additional tickets. The number of extra tickets available is unknown until very close to the event. Therefore all tickets, including extra tickets, will not be given to the students until the end of graduation rehearsal.

The Graduation Office will contact Graduates via email about their guest’s accommodations for seating and parking for both the Commissioning and Commencement Services approximately one (1) month prior to the events.

The following resources are available for all guests with disabilities:

• Handicapped Parking:
Lots will be located close to the venue. Campus security will be available to help direct guests to these lots.

• Accessible Seating:

o 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 the events.

• Guest seating will pause 15 minutes before the start of each ceremony to accommodate the processional. Guests should plan to find seats at least 30 minutes before Commencement begins.

• Should the Spring Commissioning and Commencement ceremonies be held outside, secondary venues with air conditioned seating will be available in the Patricia Carroll Lecture Hall, School of Nursing, room 202 for any guests with weather-related health conditions.

For your convenience, listed below are various medical centers that offer medical equipment for rent. 

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 both the Commissioning and Commencement Services.

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 services. The students and faculty march wearing regalia for both services, but the content and purpose of each service is different.

The Commissioning Ceremony is a special time for students and their families. There are 5 student speakers who share a brief story about their time at Lee. Each student walks across the stage to receive a Bible with his or her name on it as a gift. After the service, which lasts approximately 1 and 1/2 hours, there is a stand-up buffet reception for all graduates and their friends and families. The reception is not a ticketed event.

The Commencement Ceremony on Saturday morning is the official conferral of degrees and recognition of academic achievement. There is a guest speaker, and all students are recognized by name as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover.

The Hooding Ceremony is specifically for students completing their master’s or educational specialist degrees and their guests. It is a ticketed event and will take place in the Lee University Chapel on the Friday afternoon immediately before the Commissioning Ceremony. During the ceremony each student crosses the stage, is congratulated by his or her Graduate Program Director and then is hooded by his or her 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. Graduates wear full regalia as they participate in the Commissioning Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony.

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