Graduating this year? Here’s everything you need to know about participating in Commencement.
Apply to Graduate
An email invitation will be sent to students with at least 74 earned credits. Follow the instructions for submitting your graduation application online via plus.hope.edu and indicate May Commencement ceremony participation. Applying by the deadline will allow you to participate in all planned events. Late applicants may miss out on votes, events, tickets and honors considerations.
Deadline to apply for December 2022 Graduation
- October 15, 2022
If you’re planning to graduate after the fall 2022 semester, submit your graduation application by October 15.
DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR May, July or DECEMBER 2023 GRADUATION
- January 15, 2023
If you’re planning to graduate after the spring 2023 semester (May grad), after taking one or more summer 2023 courses (July grad) or after the fall 2023 semester (December grad) and plan to participate in the May 2023 Commencement ceremony, submit your graduation application by January 15.
Vote for Commencement Speaker
Candidate information and an online ballot are sent via email to students who applied to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Graduation Application Confirmation
Emails will be sent asking students to check and either confirm or correct graduation application information.
deadline for Commencement Ceremony Participation
- March 1
Deadline for students to notify the Registrar’s Office of any changes to their participation in the May 2023 Commencement ceremony.
H.O.P.E. Award Voting
Two ballots will be emailed to ceremony participants to vote for the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator (H.O.P.E.) Professor. The first vote narrows the field; the final vote determines the winner.
- Early April
Commencement participants will receive an email order form to request their tickets for brunch, Baccalaureate and rain-location Commencement. Pick up ordered tickets at Senior Days in mid-April.
- April 11–12, 2023
Pick up commencement regalia, order a diploma frame and class ring, make your senior class gift, and learn about alumni services. Senior Days will be held 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Bultman Student Center Living Room on the lower level.
December 2022 graduates and students in spring 2023 off-campus programs who want to participate in the May 2023 ceremony will be contacted with specific directions for how they may complete the Senior Days orders and purchases.
See the schedule for Commencement weekend
DeWitt Student Cultural Center141 East 12th StreetFloor 1Holland, MI 49423