Commencement Rehearsal

Friday, May 6 at 1:45 p.m. on Tate Lawn
Attendance is mandatory if you will be participating in Commecement on Saturday, May 7.

Baccalaureate Dinner

Friday, May 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in MacDonald Dining Hall 
Normally, 300-350 people attend the dinner. In order to maintain a steady flow, doors will open at 4:30 p.m. We hope this will help eliminate longer lines at the buffet. The cost is: $15.25 adults, $7.50 children 6-12 yrs., and free for children 1-5 yrs. Graduates will receive a complimentary ticket for their meal at no cost. Guests must purchase a ticket in advance to attend the dinner. Tickets can be purchased through the Registrar's Office. If you send your payment through the mail, we will mail your tickets. 

Baccalaureate/Hooding Service

Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium
Please wear your academic regalia (gown and hood, no cap) to this service. You will line up for this service at 6:30 p.m. outside of the cafeteria. If it rains, you will line up in MacDonald Dining Hall.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 on Tate Lawn.
Graduates should be in Hayes Auditorium by 8:30 a.m. to robe and line-up. Special occasion dress beneath academic robes is appropriate.

Division chairs should arrive at 9 a.m., platform party should arrive at 9 a.m., and faculty should arrive at 9:30 a.m.


Parking and shuttles will be available at the following sites: Avery and Williams Physical Education Center parking lots. Signs will be posted for shuttle service at each location. A shuttle service will run from Best Western at 8 and 9 a.m.

The College has reserved parking spaces for guests with mobility impairments; however, the total number of parking spaces is limited. To park in one of these reserved spaces, a valid permit is required. In addition, areas have been reserved for wheelchair users and handicapped individuals. For families requiring handicapped seating, up to three seats maximum can be reserved per graduate. 


As each graduate is handed his/her diploma, a picture will be taken by a professional photographer. A free color proof will be sent to your current mailing address, including a password for online viewing. You are under no obligation to purchase prints.

To receive an email notification the moment your photos are online, please visit to pre-register. If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact or call 1-800-722-7033. 

Additional Commencement Information

Only students who have completed all requirements for their program(s) of study are eligible for participation in the commencement ceremony. Graduates also must have all accounts paid and must have completed an application for graduation.

Degrees are granted three times during the calendar year - May, August, and December; however, the only commencement ceremony is held in May. Graduates who receive their degrees in August or December are encouraged to participate in the following May ceremony. No matter when the degree is granted, the student must go through the proper application process and pay the appropriate fees to receive the diploma.

Academic Requirements for Graduation

  • A minimum of 124 credit hours.
  • A minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) (Exceptions: Elementary Education and Athletic Training majors should see their division chairs for adjusted requirements.)
  • Completion of the Core Curriculum
  • Completion of the Degree Requirements for the appropriate degree
  • Completion of an approved major program of study
  • Successful completion of an outlined degree program
  • Completion of at least 30 hours taken at the 300 or 400 level
  • Completion at Lees-McRae College of at least one half of the credit hours required for the major program of study
  • Completion of at least 32 of the last 40 semester hours must have been earned at Lees-McRae

The College requires every student to enroll in a prescribed curriculum and to pursue this curriculum through a carefully planned sequence of courses that will lead to successful completion of the academic program and the awarding of the appropriate baccalaureate degree.

Each student must attempt to register for required courses before pursuing elective courses in order to concentrate upon the Core of liberal arts subjects which the faculty judges to be basic for a college education. After primary attention has been given to completion of required Core courses, each student and advisor should choose elective courses appropriate for the student's academic major or professional interest.

No deviation from the prescribed curriculum will be permitted unless written approval has been secured.

A student earning a grade of "F" in any required course in the major course of study must repeat that course. No more than 12 credit hours of coursework in which a grade of "D" has been received may apply toward graduation.

No more than four credit hours of physical education activity courses may count toward graduation.

A student may choose to meet the graduation requirements listed in the College Catalog that was in effect the year the student entered Lees-McRae College or in any subsequent catalog. However, a student may not select graduation requirements from more than one catalog at a time. If the student has been out of residence for more than one academic year, the graduation requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment at Lees-McRae will apply.

Download the Graduation Application Form