• Commencement 2022

    The Hendrix College community is looking forward to welcoming families to campus May 14, 2022 for the 138th Hendrix College Commencement. More information will be shared as details are finalized. 

    View the 2021 Commencement ceremony  (May 15, 2021)

    View the Class of 2020 Celebration (May 14, 2021)

  • Important Dates for 2022 Graduates

    Honors Day Convocation
    Thursday, April 28, 11:10 a.m., Wellness and Athletics Center

    Honors Day recognizes the achievements of Hendrix students during the 2021-2022 academic year. The convocation will be livestreamed at facebook.com/hendrixcollege.

    Last Day of Classes
    Friday, April 29

    Mandatory Senior Meeting
    Monday, May 2, 3:00 p.m., Staples Auditorium

    Last Day of Final Exams
    Tuesday, May 10

    Baccalaureate Service with Rev. Ellen Alston ’82
    Friday, May 13, 6:00 p.m., Staples Auditorium

    Seniors, parents, and guests are invited to the end of year service that is a farewell to the seniors with a blessing from the Chaplain’s Office.

    138th Commencement Exercises for Hendrix College
    Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m., Young-Wise Memorial Stadium

    These ceremonies will be livestreamed at facebook.com/hendrixcollege

  • 2022 Commencement FAQ for Families

    When and where is Commencement?  

    Commencement 2022 is Saturday, May 14, at 9:00 a.m., in Young-Wise Memorial Stadium, weather permitting.

    If inclement weather moves activities indoors, the single outdoor event will become two indoor events in the Wellness and Athletics Center Event Gym on Saturday, May 14:

    Visit here to determine your student's area based on their major.

    Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/hendrixcollege.


    Where should I park?

    Guests may park in all of the campus parking lots. ADA parking is available at the Wellness and Athletic Center. View the parking map.

    When will students be notified if they are not eligible to participate in the ceremony? 

    Students who fail to meet more than two degree requirements cannot participate. Students who cannot participate will be notified by Friday, May 13.

    Students who have failed to satisfy two or fewer degree requirements may request permission from the Registrar to participate in the ceremony. However, students will not receive their diploma until their degree requirements are completed. 

    Students may not be allowed to participate due to misconduct or behavior not conforming to the standards of propriety congenial to the College's heritage and aims, as well as to the laws of the state and nation.

    Students with unresolved accounts with the Business Office will not receive their diploma. The Business Office number is 501-450-1333.

    Do I need tickets for Commencement? 

    Guests will not need tickets for seating in Young-Wise Memorial Stadium. 

    The live-stream also will be online at facebook.com/hendrixcollege.

    How does seating work?

    Seating is first come. 

    The four stadium gates will open at 7:30 a.m. where seating will be available on the field and in the stadium bleachers.

    Please note that high heels/spike heels are not allowed on the football field. They will damage the artificial turf and could cause injury to the wearer. Much of the guest seating is on the field, so we strongly recommend that all attendees follow this rule. Guests in heels will be asked to sit in the bleachers.

    How long is the Commencement ceremony?

    The procession of students begins outdoors at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony lasts approximately 2.5 hours. 

    Please add extra time to your trip to allow for traffic on campus and parking.

    Can I bring snacks to the ceremony?

    Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the stadium and gymnasiums. Bottled water will be available for guests.

    Can we take photos and videos during the ceremony? 

    We kindly ask guests to please enjoy your graduate’s moment from your seating area, knowing that: 

    • There will not be space available beside the stage for taking personal photos.
    • Image magnification screens will be above the stage to enhance viewing.
    • A professional photographer will take individual photos of each graduate after they leave the stage, and these images will be available for purchase. 
    • In addition, Hendrix has a second professional photographer covering the full event, and those photos will be available as free downloads from the Hendrix Flickr page the week after Commencement. 

    Is there a professional photographer?

    A photographer from Arkansas Candids will take photos of each student receiving their diploma. All graduates will be photographed and can view proofs of the photos at www.arkansascandids.com with no obligation to purchase.

    What should I do if I have a guest who has special needs? 

    Please contact Christa Davis at 501-505-2961 or davisc@hendrix.edu for more information about seating. ADA accessible parking is reserved in the Wellness and Athletics Center parking lots.

    Is there a special way to honor my graduate? 

    Parents and families who make a gift of any size to the Hendrix Annual Fund during the 2021-2022 academic year will be recognized with their student, by name only, in the Commencement program. To be included in the program, gifts must be received at Hendrix by Monday, April 4. Make a gift in honor of your student, at www.hendrix.edu/makeagift, mail a check with your student’s name on the memo line to Hendrix College, Office of Advancement, 1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032, or call Christa Davis at 501-505-2961.

    How can my student order a cap and gown? Graduation announcements? Class ring?

    Visit the Spirit Store in the SLTC or online to order regalia. The Spirit Store carries a variety of sizes and lengths in store that students can try on before purchasing. Master of Arts in Accounting students will receive information about regalia from the department chair.

    Official Hendrix graduation announcements are available to order through the Hendrix Spirit Store in a choice of two different designs. The announcements will be printed by a local vendor and delivered to campus for pick-up. Samples of each design will be available in the Spirit Store, and preview images are available online.

    If your student would like a class ring, visit www.balfour.com/arkansas/conway/hendrix-college.

    When must my student move out of student housing? 

    Graduates must be checked out of Hendrix College housing by 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 15. Students may make a Late Stay Request if they cannot be out by noon on May 15, by emailing their Area Coordinator no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Learn more about the Residence Life closing information

    Where should I stay and where should I eat? 

    Information about area lodging and dining is provided on our Conway Hotels & Restaurants page.

    Is there someone I can contact with additional questions?

    Questions about Commencement can be sent to commencement@hendrix.edu or call Academic Affairs at 501-450-1273.