• Commencement 2023

    2023 Commencement Program

    Status Update, 2 p.m. Friday, May 12: Based on the current weather forecast, Commencement will be outdoors at 9 a.m. in Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.

    The Hendrix College community is looking forward to welcoming families to campus May 13, 2023 for the 139th Hendrix College Commencement.

  • Important Dates for 2023 Graduates

    Honors Day Convocation
    Thursday, April 27, 11:10 a.m., Wellness and Athletics Center

    Honors Day recognizes the achievements of Hendrix students during the 2022-2023 academic year. The convocation will be livestreamed at 2023 Honors Day Convocation

    Last Day of Classes
    Friday, April 28

    Mandatory Senior Meeting
    Monday, May 1, 3:00 p.m., Staples Auditorium

    Last Day of Final Exams
    Tuesday, May 9

    Baccalaureate Service with Rev. Ellen Alston ’82
    Friday, May 12, 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.

    139th Commencement Exercises for Hendrix College
    Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m., Young-Wise Memorial Stadium

    The ceremony will be livestreamed at 2023 Commencement Ceremony 

  • 2023 Commencement FAQ for Families

    When and where is Commencement? 

    Commencement 2023 is Saturday, May 13, at 9:00 a.m., in Young-Wise Memorial Stadium, weather permitting

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

    If case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Wellness and Athletics Center Event Gym at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 13. Graduates will receive four (4) tickets for the Event Gym ceremony. Seats for additional guest without tickets will be available in the Recreation Gym where the ceremony will be livestreamed on a large screen. Students and faculty will process and recess through the Recreation Gym so guests may see graduates before and after the ceremony. The final decision on whether we will use the Inclement Weather Plan will be shared on Hendrix College social media and www.hendrix.edu by 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 12.

    The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed at 2023 Commencement Ceremony for out-of-town guests to view.

    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. Guests will be asked to dispose of them before entering the stadium and gyms. Bottled water will be available for guests.

    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 requirementscannot participate. Students who cannot participate will be notified by Friday, May 12.

    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. If the ceremony moves indoors for inclement weather, students will receive four (4) tickets for guests to sit in the Event Gym. Seats for guests without tickets will be available in the Recreation Gym where the ceremony will be livestreamed, and students will process and recess through that gym. The livestream also will be online at 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

    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. 

    No Heels Allowed

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

    If the ceremony moves indoors, doors to the Wellness and Athletics Center lobby will open at 7:30 a.m., for guests to line up for the Event Gym. Doors to the Event Gym will open at 8:00 a.m., for seating on the floor and in the bleachers. Doors to the Recreation Gym will open at 7:45 a.m.

    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? 

    ADA accessible parking is reserved in the Wellness and Athletics Center parking lots.  View the parking map. Guests using wheelchairs may sit in the stadium bleachers in front of the first row of seats. There is a ramp on the north side of the bleachers at the stadium. If the ceremony moves indoors, there are seats in the Event and Recreation Gyms that will be available for guests in wheelchairs or with walkers. Please email rsvp@hendrix.edu or call Pamela Owen at 501-450-1358 with additional questions. 

    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 2022-2023 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 3. 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 Pamela Owen at 501-450-1358.

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

    Students have a task on their CampusWeb checklist to order regalia online by February 28. Master of Arts in Accounting students who only need a hood should visit the Spirit Store. Official Hendrix graduation announcements, diploma frames, and rings will be available to order online. 

    When must my student move out of student housing? 

    Graduates must be checked out of Hendrix College housing by 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 14. Students may make a Late Stay Request if they cannot be out by noon on May 14, by emailing their Area Coordinator no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28.   

    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 regarding additional questions?

    Questions about Commencement can be sent to commencement@hendrix.edu.

    Past Ceremonies

    View the 2022 Commencement ceremony (May 14, 2022)

    View the 2021 Commencement ceremony (May 15, 2021)