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students excited to graduate during commencement ceremony 2022


december 2023 commencement 

date: saturday, december 16, 2023

location: allen arena

commencement time: 2:00 pm

required practice: 12:30 pm in the sac

grad finale

date: tuesday, march 19, 2024

time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

location: george shinn center, 1st floor main lobby 

undergraduate students are required to attend to pick up your cap and gown and check your graduation status. masters and doctoral regalia will be distributed through their respective departments.

graduation applications

in order to be eligible to walk in commencement, every student must do the following before the application deadline for the semester of intended graduation:

  • complete the intent to graduate form. this form can be found in the student's mylipscomb portal on the registrar's office page.
  • order their cap and gown through jostens. instructions for ordering a cap and gown can also be found in the student's mylipscomb portal.

students must apply for graduation during the application window immediately prior to their intended graduation date. if a student is graduating over the summer, then they have the option to participate in either the may or december commencement ceremony or not participate in a ceremony at all.

here are the application windows for each semester:

  • spring graduation: august 1st - january 31st
  • fall graduation: february 15th - september 15th 
  • summer graduation: october 1st - july 31st*

*if a summer graduate wishes to participate in the may ceremony, then the deadline to apply for graduation and order a cap and gown is january 31st. if a summer graduate wishes to participate in the december ceremony, then the deadline for application and to order a cap and gown is july 31st.

order a cap and gown

students will be able to order their cap and gown from jostens during the following ordering windows depending on their intended ceremony of participation:

  • december commencement: july 15th - september 15th
  • may commencement: november 15th - january 31st

the cost of the cap and gown is included in the student's term fees so there is no out-of-pocket cost at the time of ordering.

frequently asked questions

graduation events

baccalaureate worship service

baccalaureate service and reception

baccalaureate worship service marks the spiritual formation of the students. undergraduates were welcomed to the lipscomb community during initium, a devotional and torch-passing ceremony, and are released into the world during this gathering.

nashville pipes & drums performs

commencement ceremony

the formal conferring of degrees occurs during the commencement ceremony. graduates and their families will hear words of encouragement from various speakers and can celebrate this significant milestone in their lives.