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Commencement/Graduation Friday May 3rd, 2024

Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM Alumni Lawn

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
Center for Cybersecurity
South Carolina School of the Arts

Notice to Guests with Disabilities

One of the many things that make Anderson University Commencement special is its location. Generations of graduates have gathered outdoors on Alumni Lawn to celebrate their transition from student to a member of the AU alumni family.

Anderson University recognizes that among the thousands of people who visit campus to celebrate our students’ graduation, some need a wheelchair, walker, or cane to get around. Some may also be sensitive to the weather, which can be unseasonably hot in May and cold in December.

As an institution that prides itself on Great Hospitality, we want to do anything we can to make our guests comfortable. If you find the outdoor venue of Anderson University Commencement challenging to the enjoyment of your visit, there will be two options to accommodate your needs:

  • 2 covered areas on Front Street
  • Live viewing in the Student Center Theatre
You may also take advantage of our online livestream of the ceremony from the comfort of your home. However you choose to celebrate our students’ achievements, we are eager to welcome you to Anderson University.

Graduation Day Itinerary for Students

7:30 AM – Doors open for check-in in the lobby of Henderson.

8:00 AM – Roll call in Henderson Auditorium

10:00 AM – Commencement Ceremony

Diploma Frame: Anderson University diploma frames are available to purchase on our website. The diploma frame is a custom order; please allow 4-6 weeks for the item to arrive. This item is not eligible for expedited shipping.

Diploma Distribution: Graduates will receive empty diploma covers during the ceremony. The diplomas will not be available on the day of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed by June 28, 2024.

Required Dress: Commencement participants must be dressed appropriately in attire suitable for formal church services or professional engagements.  No jeans, shorts, or casual footwear (e.g., flip-flops, athletic shoes, etc.) are permitted.  Avoid high heels and slick-soled shoes to limit the chance of slips or falls.

Cap and Gown: Students are not allowed to wear cords or stoles unless approved by the Office of the Provost and the Registrar’s office. Caps cannot be decorated. Students will be asked to remove the cap if it is decorated.


Guests can arrive as early as 8:30 am.

The ceremony lasts around 2 hours.

Yes, shuttle service will be available for those who need it.The Trojan Transit will be available to transport guests for Commencement from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.

The restrooms are located in Johnston Hall, Merritt Administration Building, and Vandiver Hall.

The University is contracted with Pro Pics to provide photography for graduation, no photographers outside of the University will be allowed on the premises. After the event, you are more than welcome to use the campus for a photo shoot. To order photos:

If the event is held on the Alumni Lawn, there will not be a guest limit. If it rains, the ceremony will be held at NewSpring Church and a guest limit will be enforced. The rain plan will be available soon.

Yes, AU Outfitters will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm. You can also shop online here.

Cap and Gown Tutorial

Livestream Links

Livestreaming begins on Friday, May 3rd, 10:00 AM