FAQs for Parents & Guests
Below are some of the questions frequently asked by parents and guests as Commencement Weekend approaches.
- Future Commencement Dates
- When will registration instructions be sent home?
- What IS Baccalaureate?
- What is the "dress code" for formal ceremonies?
- Is there a limit to the number of people we can invite to Commencement Weekend?
- What about inclement weather?
- Is finding a hotel room really that difficult?
- Can parents and guests stay in residence hall rooms?
- How much does it cost to rent a room in the residence halls?
- Do you provide linens?
- Do we need TICKETS for anything?
- Can my extended family and friends use the online registration pages to make reservations?
- Is there parking for guests with accessibility needs?
- Are there services for guests with hearing needs?
- Can guests rent wheelchairs?
- How do we order graduation announcements?
- Will there be a professional photographer at the Commencement ceremony?
- Will there be a video of Commencement available?
- Is there any tradition for "legacy" families that I should know about?
- Other questions
Class of 2013 - Saturday, May 18, 2013
Class of 2014 - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Class of 2015 - Saturday, May 16, 2015*
Class of 2016 - Saturday, May 21, 2016*
* Kenyon's official academic calendar is not formally approved until eighteen months to two years ahead. While the starred graduation dates are unlikely to change, they will not be absolutely certain until the calendar for that year has been officially confirmed.
Registration instructions will be sent to the student's home address in late February 2012. (An earlier reminder will be sent just before Thanksgiving break.)
If you have not received a registration flier by March 1, 2013, please contact the Commencement office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baccalaureate is historically a worship service at which a sermon is preached for the graduating class. During much of its history as an Episcopal college, Kenyon held the Baccalaureate service in the chapel according to the forms set forth in the Book of Common Prayer and featuring a prominent member of the clergy as a preacher. In recent years, the College's custom has been to expand this venerable ceremony in ways that highlight Kenyon's academic mission and make the occasion accessible to the broader College community.
To accommodate the growing number of graduates and family members over the years, the ceremony has moved to an outdoor setting. Academic and spiritual texts and chosen and read by members of the senior class to represent an aspect of their particular fields of study or to speak on behalf of communities of faith at Kenyon. In place of a sermon, an address is given by a representative of the College who has been selected by a vote of the graduating class. The invocation and benediction, which call to mind the historic purpose of Baccalaureate, are carefully framed by the participating religious leaders to reflect Kenyon's commitment to being an open and inclusive community.
The Baccalaureate service continues to grow and evolve in an effort to reflect the aspirations of the College's ever-changing community. All are cordially invited to join in this ceremony of reflection and celebration.
While ceremonies like Baccalaureate and Commencement are formal occasions, you will want to plan to be comfortable outdoors for a sustained period of time for each event and various receptions. Most guests aim for "dress casual" during the weekend.inclement weather, the alternate site for both Baccalaureate and Commencement is the Toan Track of the Kenyon Athletic Center. Students will be notified of the final weather decision by e-mail on the morning of each ceremony. Accommodations page, you will find resources for on-campus residence hall rooms, some (limited) private housing, and RV camp sites on- and off-campus. email@example.com.The Registration Center will provide you with accessible parking passes and explain where accessible parking sites are located.
Yes. The commencement office will facilitate the rental of wheelchairs from local providers and have them available for pick up at the Registration center in the Gund Game Room when guests arrive.
Guests requiring wheelchairs MUST RENT AHEAD OF THEIR ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS because all of our wheelchairs are rented from outside vendors and delivered to campus just before Commencement Weekend.
Renting a wheelchair can be done via the online registration form beginning Friday, March 1.
Personalized announcements and related items are available from many companies. However, Jostens is the only company currently licensed to use Kenyon's seal on these products.
One week after spring break, Kenyon will hold the Grad Finale, our graduation fair at the bookstore, March 24 & 25, 2013. A Jostens representative will be on campus to assist with orders during the graduation fair. Announcements can also be ordered online from Jostens.GradTrak's Chapell Studios will be at the Commencement ceremony to take photographs of each graduate as they wait to cross the stage, as they receive their diploma from the President, and posed in front of the College flags after crossing the stage. Chappell will send a proof and order card to your home address following graduation.
A "legacy" family is one with at least one previous Kenyon graduate, typically (but not always) a parent.
For further information regarding legacy traditions during Commencement Weekend, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at 740-427-5147 or Patty Bower (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Shriver (email@example.com) who will be glad to answer your questions on this firstname.lastname@example.org.