For the first time since 2019, Kalamazoo College Commencement returns to Quad Campus at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, with over 350 students receiving their bachelor’s degrees. Here’s what you need to know about the weekend events surrounding the launch and the ceremony itself.
Seniors must attend the 4 p.m. debut rehearsal on Thursday, June 9 at the Dalton Theater. Faculty and staff will provide graduates with relevant information, including what to do during a complex queue and procession. Students who need to be excused from repeating should contact the Office of Alumni Engagement in advance at [email protected]
Receptions for individual departments help families meet faculty and view individual projects of selected seniors. Check the department’s schedules for the time and location of each event.
The day’s remaining events, including the Senior Awards Program, Senior Music Recital and The Bachelor, will take place at the Stetson Chapel. A livestream will be available for each of these events for those unable to attend in person.
Seniors receiving awards will receive an invitation from the Provost’s Office after the Finals to attend the Seniors’ Awards Program, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Contact the Provost’s Office by email if you have any questions about the event . The Senior Music Recital is a public concert at 4:30 p.m. featuring performances by graduating seniors who have been involved in music. All seniors and guests are welcome to attend. The Baccalaureate is a non-religious public service with student and faculty speakers and musical performances starting at 8 p.m.
An information desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Hicks Student Center. The College bookstore will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Before the Sunday ceremony
The start will take place rain or shine on the Quad. However, if there are heavy showers or extreme weather conditions, the ceremony may be delayed for up to two hours. Communication about a delay would be sent via K-alerts, social media and email no later than 8 a.m. on Sunday. Seniors must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Dalton Theater with their caps and dresses. No tickets or rain tickets are required for the ceremony, which will last approximately two and a half hours. The College Information Desk and Bookstore at the Hicks Students Center will open at 8:00 a.m.
A limited number of disabled parking spaces will be available on campus streets and in parking lots. Disabled spaces are reserved for vehicles with a permit issued by the State. With space limited, a designated drop-off area will be available on Campus Drive, accessible from Academy Street, opposite Hoben Hall. Families can drop off guests for barrier-free access to the Quad, then find parking elsewhere on campus.
All faculty, staff and student parking lots will be open to the public. On-street parking on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods will also be available. Please obey all on-street parking restrictions and avoid driving or parking on sidewalks or lawns, or next to a building entrance. A printable campus parking map is available.
Bronson Healthcare President and CEO Bill Manns will address the class of 2022 and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Manns oversees all Bronson departments, from primary care to intensive care, in more than 100 locations.
Prior to joining Bronson, Manns served as president of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston from 2018 to 2020, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus in Grand Rapids from 2013 to 2018, chief system operating officer of Alameda Health. (Oakland, California) from 2005 to 2013, and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Ascension Providence Hospital (Southfield, Michigan) from 1996 to 2005.
Reyna Rodriguez, a chemistry major and psychology minor, worked for two years as a civic engagement scholar at El Sol Elementary School in Kalamazoo through the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement. El Sol operates as a magnet school and offers instruction in English and Spanish while accepting students from all areas of public schools in Kalamazoo. Through El Sol, Rodriguez recruited, educated, interviewed, and submitted background checks on K students, coordinated their schedules with El Sol, and participated in and led structured reflections to help literacy and math tutors as well as class assistants.
Given the high vaccination rates among our students, faculty and staff and the low level of community spread in Kalamazoo, K will not require vaccinations to attend launch activities and masks are optional, although not required. , throughout the weekend. Unvaccinated guests are strongly encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 test prior to arrival. Those who are ill should refrain from attending.
The Office of Alumni Engagement maintains a website that offers more details regarding the start, including a list of frequently asked questions, information on dining and lodging, and ceremony accommodations. For more information, visit the site at commencement.kzoo.edu.