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celebrating your success

May 5-6, 2023

Fri. May 5: Baccalaureate

5:30 p.m. — Senior Class photo and Legacy Family photo*

6 p.m. — Ribbon-cutting ceremony for traditional graduates*

7 p.m. — Baccalaureate worship service, R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium, followed by President's Dessert Reception, Dining Commons

*Eternal Flame; moves to R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium in the event of rain

Sat. May 6: Commencement
10 a.m. Traditional Students
School of Arts and Humanities
School of Natural and Social Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Sciences

1 p.m. Traditional Students
School of Christian Ministry
Jetter School of Professional Studies

4 p.m. All GPS Students

The Legacy Family photo (graduates whose parents/grandparents attended MVNU) will take place on Friday, May 5, immediately following Senior Class photo at 5:30 p.m.

The photograph will be taken at the Eternal Flame or the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium in the event of rain.

The President's Dessert Reception will take place immediately following the Baccalaureate worship service in the Dining Commons.

All graduates and their guests, trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff are invited.

No tickets are required for admission to the Baccalaureate service. All graduates and families are encouraged to attend.

Tickets are required for admission to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies. Ten (10) tickets will be distributed to each graduate.

Seats in the auditorium cannot be reserved.

Infants and toddlers (age 3 and under) who will either be held or be seated on an adult’s lap are not required to have a ticket to gain entrance to the auditorium.

No tickets are required for admission to 4 p.m., GPS commencement ceremony.

During the Baccalaureate worship service and commencement ceremonies, parents are free to use Thorne Performance Hall for children who need space to move and their caregivers.

Children must have an adult with them, as no attendant will be on duty.


The commencement ceremonies will be available via live video streaming at The services will be archived and available through the "On Demand" tab for eight months.


A digital video file of the Baccalaureate worship service and/or Commencement ceremonies may be purchased online from the Cougar Corner Campus Store at, or you can call 740-397-9000, extension 4457. A link to the downloadable file will be emailed to you. Please provide an email with your order and allow two (2) business days to receive the link. Online and phone orders require a credit card.

A professional photographer has been contracted to photograph each graduate receiving their diploma. To minimize confusion and congestion during the awarding of degrees, please restrict personal photographs to graduates off-stage. We also ask that camera tripods not restrict the safety and convenience of our guests as they move through the aisles. Please respect those who are trying to view the ceremonies from auditorium seating.

All pictures will be available online for viewing and ordering at Once at the site, please click the link labeled "Log into our store here" at the bottom of the homepage. Pictures will be online within 72 hours and will be available until December 2023. If you have questions about photography, please contact Seavolt's Studio at 740-397-0541.

MVNU's Marketing department will also release candid photographs from the day on Facebook and Instagram.

MVNU's Campus Safety staff will assist with parking. Please follow their direction.
If you are graduating or have a student graduating, you may request a press release be sent about this accomplishment to the newspaper of your choice. Or, we can send it to your home and you can distribute it with a photo. Please fill out the online form completely to request this service. Traditional undergrads: You can also include your dean's list and awards convocation information at this time. If you have questions, call 740-397-9000, ext. 4347.
We hope you visit the Cougar Corner Campus Store while you are on campus for commencement activities. Shop our excellent selection of MVNU items including diploma frames and alumni gear!

Hours on May 6 are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Graduation Day Sale - 10% off regular price MVNU items (some exclusions apply).

You can also shop online at
For More Info
Academic Affairs
(740) 397-9000, ext. 4200 or 4210