For those who were unable to attend the ceremony in person, watch the streams below.

2023 Commencement Highlight Video

View the 2023 Commencement Photo Gallery

2023 Commencement Ceremony Live Stream

2023 Baccalaureate Service Live Stream

2023 Honors Convocation Live Stream

Class of 2023 Commencement Activities

Friday, May 5, 2023

Commencement Rehearsal
10:00 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center

Business Division Reception
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mossman 134

Saturday, May 6

Performing Arts Division Reception
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Darbeth Lawn

Natural Science & Mathematics Division Reception
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Welcome Center Patio

Communication, Computer Science, & English Division
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Lower level of Christy Administration Building

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Order of the Mound Ceremony
10:00 a.m. at Cole Mound Plaza​

Baccalaureate Service
10:50 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 320 College Street
Watch on YouTube

Professional Studies Reception
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Roy L. Smith Dining Hall

Education Division Reception
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.| Deets Library

Graduates Line-Up
1:30 p.m. | Stewart Field House

Commencement Ceremony and Graduate Hooding
for Main Campus and Professional Studies students
2:30 p.m. in Richard L. Jantz Stadium


View the complete list of Commencement Activities

Instructions for Graduates

1:30 p.m. Pick up name cards and line up in Stewart Field House.

  • Caps and gowns are worn for this ceremony.
  • Line up order is by degree not major.

Procession to the east side of Stewart Field House

  • Listen carefully to instructions given and follow the junior marshals.
  • The stage party and the faculty precede you in line. When you proceed to the seating area, sit down to be sure every chair is filled.
  • The junior marshals will cue you when it is time for your row to stand and proceed to the stage.
  • You will be given two name cards—one card for the reader as you enter onto the stage; the second card should be given to the photographer’s assistant when your picture is taken with the flags after crossing the stage.
  • During the commencement ceremonies, there will be a picture taken of you and the President and another of you in front of the flags. There will also be a designated area for family to take pictures of you should they choose to do so. See details about Genesee Photo Systems here. An institutional gallery of images from Commencement weekend ceremonies will be available at
  • Return to your seat for the remainder of the ceremony.

Diploma Pick-Up

  • Graduates whose degrees have been conferred effective May 7 may pick up their diploma immediately after the ceremony at the concession stand at the south end of Jantz Stadium.
  • Those undergraduates/graduates who walk but are May 30 or August 30 graduates will be contacted by the Registrar's Office about diploma delivery.

Moundbuilder Market

Moundbuilder Market is Southwestern College’s merchandise and apparel store and will have a pop-up shop located at the top of Richard Jantz Stadium during the Commencement Ceremony.

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Indoor Location to View Commencement

The following climate-controlled location is available for viewing of the Commencement Ceremony:

  • Richardson Performing Arts Center in Christy Administration Building

Handicap Parking Available

Parking will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.

Weather Updates

In case of inclement weather, the decision to move commencement exercises indoors will be posted on You can also call (620) 229-6333 or 800-846-1543 ext. 6333 for more information.

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