Commencement Headquarters


Parent Program Info

Mailing Address:
Parent Programs
Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422


Office Location:
Second Floor of Old Centre

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, excluding College holidays.

Watch a replay of the 2016 Centre College Commencement Ceremony here.

All of the information mailed to parents can also be found here – at Commencement Headquarters. The weekend is full of more than pomp and circumstance. Our Honor Walk ceremony gives seniors the chance to recognize their mentors, the Baccalaureate ceremony inspires graduates spiritually on their journey forward, and fireworks on Old Centre lawn join students and families in celebrating a truly momentous occasion.

For those of us who work with your sons and daughters, these four years went by far too quickly. It seems only a short time ago that we welcomed them as freshmen and it has been a pleasure to serve as your parent contact with Centre. We are proud of the Class of 2016 and we are certain that a bright future awaits them. We look forward to having you on campus in May to celebrate the many special accomplishments of your Centre student on this important occasion.

If you have any questions about Commencement activities, do not hesitate to call me at (859) 238-5345 or my assistant, Carol Maddox, at (859) 238-5208 and we will be happy to help.

2016 Commencement Schedule


Seniors received a letter and a ticket request form asking them to indicate no later than March 18th the number of tickets they need for family and friends for the Commencement ceremony. Based on the number of expected graduates, we can guarantee each senior FOUR tickets to the ceremony in Newlin Hall. The remaining tickets will be for the simulcast in Alumni Gym in Sutcliffe Hall. For now we are promising each senior UP TO FIVE tickets to the simulcast. However, seniors should request as many tickets as they actually need. While we do not anticipate many, if any, extra tickets in Newlin Hall, most years there are enough simulcast tickets available to meet the entire total of requests for our families and guests. If any tickets are available in Newlin Hall, we will draw those in a lottery fashion, so a few students might get one more. Remember, the entire family can be with you to participate in ALL the weekend’s activities; the only restriction will be the ticketing during the actual ceremony.

We suggest you communicate with your senior concerning your ticket needs and encourage them to return the form to us. Ticket requests received after the deadline will be processed last. Commencement tickets will be mailed TO YOUR SENIOR in campus mail in early May (unless they are studying abroad or are away from campus – in that case, the tickets will be mailed to your home address). Note also that seniors can request that their tickets in Newlin Hall be SPLIT (2 & 2 or 1 & 3) if they have a family situation that requires this.

Special needs seating is available for people confined to wheelchairs and for anyone physically unable to climb stairs. Seniors also have been asked to indicate the number of guests requiring special needs seating on the reservation form. Those same seats can be reserved for Baccalaureate and handicapped parking is also available for both events in special reserved parking behind the Norton Center. Parking passes for this lot will be issued to families with handicapped guests or special needs guests.

Baccalaureate Service

This is a worship service broadly reflective of the College’s Judeo-Christian heritage. While seating is limited for the Commencement ceremony, seating for the Baccalaureate Service, which will be in Newlin Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 22nd, is open, on a first-come, first-served basis (except for handicapped seating, which will be reserved). Any overflow crowd may view the service from the simulcast area in Alumni Gym. The Baccalaureate Service will also be offered via a webcast this year (keep an eye on Centre’s web page for further information as we get closer to the date). Guests needing handicapped seating should reserve it for Baccalaureate if they plan to attend, as well as Commencement.

LINEUP for Baccalaureate: The graduating class will line up at 10:30 a.m. in front of Sutcliffe and process to Newlin Hall, wearing their caps and gowns, and will sit together as a class.


Reservations are required for the Saturday Family Picnic and the Sunday Luncheon. A meal reservation form was sent to parents. Please review the form and return it with your payment by May 13th. Meal tickets will be mailed directly to you. (And don’t worry, if you forget to bring the tickets, we’ll have your name on a list and can replace them!) Please note that there is no charge for your senior to any of the events, but please include them on your form so that we have an accurate count.

We encourage you to take advantage of the meals on campus, especially the Sunday luncheon, since eating lunch out in Danville on a Sunday can take a long time on any weekend, and you barely have two hours before your student has to be back for the lineup. Our catering crew does an excellent job of getting everyone fed in plenty of time! Based on past experience, we are pretty sure your senior will prefer to be at the picnic Saturday evening to visit with friends and family and see the fireworks.

Live Webcast

Centre is pleased to announce that both the Commencement ceremony and the Baccalaureate will be offered via a live webcast this year. This will be a professionally-produced webcast filmed by a company that we have used for many years, the same company that will be producing our DVDs. The webcast will offer a nice option to your friends and family who are unable to travel to attend the event. Stay tuned to Centre’s website as we get closer to the Commencement date for more information.

Simulcast in Alumni Gym

Both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be simulcast and seating for that event will be in Alumni Gym. While we guarantee each senior 5 tickets to the simulcast, as we stated before, more are usually available. This will be a very professional production with excellent sound and video quality, and will be a nice option for your guests who want to be with you for all the other activities offered during the weekend but do not have a ticket in Newlin Hall. This is also an excellent location for small children, who might not want to sit still through an entire ceremony.

2016 Commencement DVDs

The College has contracted with a professional company to produce DVDs of the Commencement and Baccalaureate services, as well as the Honor Walk ceremony. Parents were mailed an order form. PLEASE NOTE: The DVDs will not be mailed to you until around late July

2016 Commencement Photos

Kirk Schlea Photography will photograph the graduates as they receive their diploma. He is an outstanding freelance photographer who has worked with Centre for many years. The photos will be READY TO VIEW 72 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY and may be ordered directly from the website at under “Events.” This information and the link also will be posted on the Centre Commencement web page at
[NEW] Photos of students receiving their diplomas can be viewed and purchased here.
[NEW] Photos of the Honor Walk ceremony can be viewed and purchased here.

Printed Announcements

Formal printed announcements for Centre Commencement are available through Herff Jones. Each senior will receive an order packet from Herff Jones for graduation items in their campus mail. The forms are mailed directly back to Herff Jones and they ship the announcements directly back to the student or to you if you prefer. If you have questions, feel free to contact Linda Minteer at (859) 238-1516 at The Centre Bookstore. You may also order the announcements online at

Caps and Gowns

Orders for caps and gowns were taken on March 2nd and 3rd in the Campus Center by when the representatives from Herff Jones. If your senior did not get to meet with one of the representatives, have them go IMMEDIATELY to The Centre Bookstore and they will take their order and measurements. The cap and gown are “keepsakes,” so they will not need to turn them in after the ceremony. All outstanding fees must be paid before a student picks up their cap and gown.

EARLY GRADUATES OR STUDENTS WHO ARE ABROAD can email the following information to the – height and weight. They should do this as soon as possible.

Senior Class Rings

Centre class rings are also available through Herff Jones were available for order from the representatives on the dates above in the Campus Center. If you have questions, contact Herff Jones at

Centre Gifts

Centre gifts for your graduate are available through the Alumni Association. These items include sterling silver pendants, cufflinks, earrings, and bangles engraved with the Centre College seal; Seiko watches; silk neckties and bowties; lapel pen; ©Louisville Stoneware mug; unframed prints of Old Centre; insulated tumbler; glassware; leather and car coasters; ®Igloo cooler; canvas totes; and a lamis bag; iPad® case; passport cover; tapestry throw of Old Centre; C6-H0 doormat; playing cards; and a hand-blown glass ornaments by Centre alumnus, Brooke White ‘91. Copies of Our Standard Sure: Centre College Since 1819 will be given to graduating seniors at the Honor Walk, but are also available for purchase. Any of these items may be ordered by calling the Centre College Alumni House toll-free at 877-678-9822, or locally at 859-238-5500 or by visiting the Alumni Store online at

Commencement Rehearsal

There will be a Commencement rehearsal during Commencement week on Monday, May 16th, at 4:45 p.m. in Newlin Hall. It is very important that your senior be there. Students who cannot attend because of work, or who are abroad or are early graduates can contact Mona Wyatt at for more information.

Senior Week

Senior Week, the days between the last final and Commencement, is an annual tradition that includes special meals, gatherings, and planned entertainment for graduating seniors. All seniors must register for Senior Week. However, there is no cost, and the meals and a themed t-shirt are included with registration. Information regarding specific activities will be released in the coming weeks to the seniors. Please remind your student that all College rules are still in place during Senior Week and there will be no guests allowed on campus during this time.

Commencement Lineup

The lineup for Commencement is at 2:00 p.m. in front of Old Centre. You may want to take photos there, which is fine, but we encourage you to do that quickly and early. After the Faculty Marshals begin placing the seniors in line, we need them to be ready to stay there.


We encourage you to make your room reservations at local hotels immediately if you have not already done so. Most of the hotels in Danville are now already full, but fortunately, Harrodsburg is only a few minutes from campus. For a complete list of area accommodations, go to the Centre Parents web page at and click on the Area Accommodations tab (if you scroll down it’s on the left!). If you need assistance with lodging, please contact the office of parent programs at (859) 238-5208 or 5345 as we will be keeping track of which hotels have rooms available.