Application Deadline

Announcements for the application deadline will be communicated through the student's Lander email address.


Place and Time

The Commencement ceremonies are held in the Finis Horne Arena on campus.

The Spring 2022 ceremonies will be held Wednesday, May 4. More details will be posted soon. 

Entrance to the arena will be closed 15 minutes before each ceremony.


Security and Safety

The University’s clear bag policy will be in enforced, and metal detectors will be in use at each entrance. All items will be subject to search.

Graduates and guests who wish to wear face coverings while inside Horne Arena, the PEES Gym, Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, or any other location on campus are welcomed and encouraged to do so.  


Commencement Day Parking

Parking for commencement is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To see a parking map, click here.

  • Suggested general parking areas are located along the main entrance boulevard and adjacent to the arena, such as FSC Lot 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10.
  • Mobility impaired parking will be available in FSC Lot 6, small arena lot and visitors’ parking lot.
  • Overflow parking is available in all other FSC lots on campus.


Watch the Ceremony on the Lander Website

To accommodate those who are not able to attend commencement in person, the University will livestream all ceremonies through the Lander website. Anyone deemed at an increased risk for COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.

Links to the livestream will be posted the day before the ceremony.


Transfer Coursework Policy

Beginning Fall 2017, students may not take coursework at another institution during their term of graduation. All coursework from other institutions must be received and posted prior to the semester of your graduation from Lander University.


Procedures and Requirements

A candidate for a degree must file a Request for Graduation form with the Registrar's Office and complete the online graduation application in Bearcat Web by the date published in the current catalog. An application for a degree is not accepted unless the student has paid all fees required by the university, including the graduation fee. Candidates for graduation must complete all institution coursework in the anticipated term of graduation and by the semester deadline date for final grades in order to receive their diploma/degree. Graduating students with physical disabilities are expected to communicate with the Registrar's Office regarding accommodations needed for their participation in the commencement ceremony upon submission of their application. If a student's graduation plans change, academically or personally, the student must reapply for graduation during the next anticipated term of graduation and pay the graduation fee. Students who apply to graduate in August and who complete all requirements receive their diploma in August and are automatically included in the following December ceremony.


The time frame for students to apply for graduation in the fall, spring, or summer semesters is the first day after drop/add through the fourth week of classes. Announcements will be sent out to students through their Lander email addresses.


Verification of Graduation Information

One month after the semester graduation deadline, candidates will receive an email to verify their diploma name, degree, major, minor, preliminary honors, and hometown (publication purposes). Any changes must be submitted to the Registrar's Office.


Graduation Gala

Every fall and spring semester a graduation gala is held for that semester's candidates. Information will be sent from the Bearcat Shop and Herff Jones and the date will be posted on Lander's calendar. Attendance is strongly encouraged. Students will order their cap and gown, verify their degree information is correct, receive a packet of information about the ceremony,  have the ability to order announcements,  be able to have a picture made with a cap and gown on, and will verify alumni information.


Academic Honors

The following academic honors will be mentioned during the commencement ceremony: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude, Golden L, and Honors College.


Announcement of Graduates

Within a month of the ceremony, a preliminary listing will be posted on the Registrar's Office graduation web page.

Within one month after the ceremony, a final graduate list will be available on the Registrar's Office graduation web page. Newspaper announcements will be posted in the Greenwood and hometown paper.


Participation in Commencement Ceremony

Student participation is allowed if:

  • The student has submitted a complete Request for Graduation form with a Degree Evaluation attached, has completed the online portion of the application, and has paid the fee.
  • The student has completed the Fine Arts and Lectureship (FALS) requirement by the deadline set by the Registrar’s Office.
  • The student has completed all degree requirements during the semester of graduation. (August graduates may participate in the December commencement ceremony.)

An official or unofficial withdrawal of all classes during the graduation semester or an “Incomplete” grade on a student’s record will disqualify participation in graduation. Any other conditions which disqualify a student from participation in the commencement ceremony may be appealed.


Tickets for Commencement Ceremony Attendance

Tickets are required to attend the commencement ceremony. In order to accommodate physical distancing and event capacity guidelines, graduates will be allowed six (6) guests. Graduation candidates will be able to pick up and sign for their tickets during the last week of classes and remaining tickets will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis during the week of exams. Every guest must have a ticket to enter the arena (including small children and infants).

  • Commencement tickets will be available for pick-up in the Lander University Registrar’s Office November 8-December 3 (please bring a picture ID).
  • Tickets may also be mailed to your address, if you are unable to pick the tickets up in person. To request mailing, please contact MaryKate Leggieri, Associate Registrar, at or 864-388-8503.
  • To ensure availability, you must pick up your tickets or request that they be mailed by 5 p.m. on December 3.

If you have questions regarding tickets, please contact the Registrar’s Office (Learning Center, Room 109) at 864-388-8503.   



Diplomas will be available for pickup immediately after the ceremony in the PEES auxiliary gym. Diplomas not picked up will be mailed and the mailing date will be specified in information received at the graduation gala. The mailing address for the diploma will be the address specified by the student during the online portion of the graduation application.