2023 Commencement Ceremony
McPherson College presents the 135th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at McPherson Stadium. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Those joining us via livestream are invited to connect at 10:00 a.m. https://www.mcpherson.edu/academics/graduation/
Graduates’ guests will not need tickets for admission to the stadium. However, lightning, strong storms, or disruptive conditions such as the high winds could still drive the Commencement ceremony indoors to Brown Auditorium. Because tickets will be required for selected guests to gain admittance to Brown Auditorium, graduates still need to order tickets for up to seven selected guests.
Graduates will receive instructions on how to order those tickets when they pick up their cap and gown at Senior Fest! on Monday, May 8. Seniors unable to attend Senior Fest, can pick up their cap and gown in the registrar’s office after May 8, provided they do not have a financial hold on their account, they have completed the career services survey, and are verified to participate in commencement.
Q: How will classrooms be set-up this semester?
A: All COVID-19 precautions will remain in place for the duration of the semester. Masks will be required and all classroom spaces will be socially distanced. Faculty will be prepared to accommodate students who are temporarily unable to attend class sessions due to quarantine or isolation. This spring, every classroom is equipped with a 360-degree camera that makes it possible for faculty teaching courses with split rosters to integrate remote students into class sessions in real time.
Q: Will any spring classes be online?
A: Very few. The only classes offered fully online are those with instructors who cannot safely be present in the classroom due to underlying, high-risk health conditions.
Q: Can I choose to take my spring courses online?
A: With just a few exceptions, all spring courses will be hybrid or fully in person, requiring classroom attendance and on-campus presence. McPherson College’s curriculum has not been designed for online delivery; courses must be completed on campus. Students with documented disabilities or high-risk health conditions can apply for an online accommodation. For more information about ADA accommodations, email Carole Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org. The college reserves the right to decline online delivery of some courses such as those with significant shop, studio, or lab components.
Q: What attendance policy is in effect this spring?
A: Students who experience any symptoms of illness should not attend class, go to the dining hall, or participate in practices. Ill students must immediately notify their faculty, resident director or other student life staff person, and coach, if applicable. Faculty will be promptly notified of students who are referred to the campus clinic for testing. They will be prepared to accommodate students who are in quarantine or isolation. Asymptomatic students should continue to participate fully in any online course activities.