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Graduation is a happy and exciting time in the life of the college. We are delighted that you are able to join us. If you need any assistance please ask the Junior Marshals or any member of the faculty or staff. We will do our best to help you.

Senior Investiture

  • No Tickets Required
  • Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.  - Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Catawba College is proud to be one of the few modern colleges to invest Graduates with an academic hood. Hoods are the most distinctive feature of American academic dress. Generally black, all are lined in silk with the official color or colors of the university or college conferring the degree. Catawba College colors are blue and white. The binding or edging of the hood is velvet with the color indicating the degree.
  • Seating for Investiture is general admission. We ask that you sit as close to the front and as close to the center aisle as possible.
  • Please do not sit in the reserved sections.

Baccalaureate Service of Worship

  • No Tickets Required
  • Friday @ 7:30 p.m. - Omwake Dearborn Chapel will open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Baccalaureate Service of Worship
  • Baccalaureate is a farewell worship service for the members of the Senior Class. Family and friends of graduating seniors, as well as the entire college community, are invited to attend.
  • Seating for Baccalaureate is general admission. We ask that you sit as close to the front and as close to the center aisle as possible.
  • Please do not sit in the reserved sections.
  • Friday (immediately following Baccalaureate) - Marshal's Walk and Reception
  • The Marshal's Walk is a candle light procession sponsored by the Junior Marshals to honor the graduates. The procession winds from Omwake-Dearborn Chapel toward the Robertson College-Community Center.
  • A reception in Peeler Crystal Lounge will follow the Walk.


  • Tickets Required for Day Student Commencement Only
  • Saturday @ 10:00 a.m. - Day Student Commencement Ceremony
    • Graduates in the traditional day program will have their ceremony at 10 a.m. in Keppel Auditorium. Seating will begin at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. - SEGS Student Commencement Ceremony
    • Keppel Auditorium will open for seating at 1:30 p.m.
  • Seating for Graduation is general admission.
  • Please do not sit in the reserved sections.

Guest Instructions

  • Every person entering the auditorium for Graduation must have a ticket.
  • Each graduating senior is allocated the same number of tickets based on the total number of graduates divided into the number of seats available.
  • Catawba College is not responsible for lost tickets.
  • The auditorium may only be entered through the main doors.
  • The tickets are numbered sequentially for tracking purposes. The numbers on the tickets are not seat numbers. Seating is General Admission. Ushers will guide you to the closest available seats. Your party must be together when you enter in order to sit together. "Saving" seats is strongly discouraged.
  • If you need wheelchair accommodation please select the appropriate wheelchair seat. We require 48 hours notice to convert regular seating to wheelchair locations.
  • Wheelchair locations may not be available without prior notice. These seats are allotted on a first come, first served basis. 
  • The ushers cannot allow "saving" seats for absent party members or empty seats between parties on a row. Our goal is to seat family groups together if possible. We ask that early arrivals sit toward the center of rows without leaving empty seats between family groups. This will make seating later groups easier and will allow more parties to sit together.
  • Please decide in advance how you will split up if that becomes necessary.
  • If you arrive less than 45 minutes before the starting time for the ceremony, you may not be able to sit together.  
  • If you arrive after the procession begins, you will be seated if seats are available in locations that will not disturb the ceremony.
  • We encourage guests with small children to sit in the rear, which will provide easy access to Peeler Crystal Lounge should a guest with a child need to leave the auditorium.
  • We must remind you that everyone must be in a seat. Fire and safety laws do not allow sitting or standing in the aisles.