Commencement

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Regalia

Regalia must be ordered through the R-MC Bookstore. Oak Hall representatives will be on campus Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14. Regalia consists of the following and is sold as a set:

Black Bachelors Gown
Black Mortar Board
Black Tassel
Bachelor Hood:
    Bachelor of Arts – White
    Bachelor of Science – Gold

  • Honors Cords / Medals

Honor cords and medals representing Academic Honor Groups and Societies that are recognized by the College, and earned by the graduate, may also be worn during the Commencement Exercises.

  • Greek Stoles

Greek stoles representing membership in Greek Fraternities or Sororities recognized by the College may also be worn. No other regalia or adornment will be permitted. The Institution reserves the right to prohibit a graduate from participating in the Commencement Exercises if he or she does not abide by the College’s Regalia Protocol.

Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 1. All graduates are required to report to the flag pole near Old Chapel. Sponsors are not required to attend rehearsal.

Sponsor

A sponsor is any person of the graduate’s choosing. Most often the role of Sponsor is carried out by a parent. However, grandparents, siblings, faculty or staff members may serve as sponsors as well. Sponsors are limited to one sponsor per graduate. The sponsor will carry the graduate’s hood and sit directly behind the graduate for whom they are a sponsor. The sponsor will hood the graduate during the graduation ceremony.

Processional

Graduating seniors must be present PROMPTLY at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 on the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus (Rain location: Alumni Gymnasium) to assemble in the proper order for the graduation ceremony. Seniors must have a cap and gown; the tassel should hang on the right. Sponsors should be seated in the marked seats in the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza with the graduate's hood. The procession will move from the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus to the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza. In the case of rain, the procession will move from Alumni Gymnasium to the Brock Center. 

Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate service will be held in Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1. The service is led by Rev. Kendra Grimes, Chaplain and Director of Church Relations for the College. Dress casual is appropriate (Seniors No Caps or Gowns). Following the service, there will be a reception held in the Blackwell Auditorium courtyard. Rain location for reception: Duncan United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

Senior Class Gift

Each year the senior class presents a gift to the College. Seniors from the Class of 2018 may select how their gift is used. Possible uses include the unrestricted Randolph-Macon Fund, which meets the College’s most pressing needs, the Yellow Jacket Club for a sport, the academic department of their major, or to a favorite extracurricular organization. The class’s goal is to achieve 95% giving participation. All seniors are encouraged to participate. If you have not yet given to the Senior Class Gift but would like to, please contact Margaret Dodson, College Advancement Intern. You may also make your gift online. All seniors who contribute to the Class Gift by Monday, May 14, 2018 will be listed in the Commencement Program and he/she will be eligible for a chance to win 10 reserved seats for the Commencement Exercises. For more information about the Senior Class Gift program and upcoming events, please visit the 2018 Senior Class Gift webpage

Lunch 

Lunch will be served immediately following Commencement until 1:30 p.m. on the lawn between the McGraw-Page Library and Copley Science Center. All graduates and their families are invited to attend. There is no cost for the luncheon, however, reservations are required. Please email EventRSVP@rmc.edu with the name of the graduate and the number of people planning to attend to make reservations.

Rain Plan

In the event of rain on Friday afternoon, the Baccalaureate Reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

In the event of a light rain Saturday morning, Graduates will line up on the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus. Should a light rain fall, Commencement will be held outside on the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza. However, should there be a threat of heavy rain or the threat of an electrical storm, the Commencement Exercises will be moved indoors into Crenshaw Gymnasium.  (The rain call will be made by noon on Thursday, May 31.)

Rain Tickets

Tickets will only be required in the event of rain and the rain call will be made by noon on Thursday, May 31. Each graduate will be emailed four rain tickets in the form of QR codes on Friday, June 1 (if applicable). The graduate and the sponsor do not need tickets. All guests without tickets may watch Commencement on television in Blackwell Auditorium. 

PLEASE NOTE: Only one QR code per guest. Once all 4 tickets for a graduate have been used, all other guests will be directed to the overflow venue. QR codes may be presented using a smart device, or the email may be printed out and scanned upon arrival.

Senior Speaker

All graduation candidates are encouraged to compete for the privilege of representing the class of 2018 as the Senior Speaker. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 3. The Senior Speaker will be announced in early May. 

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Updated 12/13/17

Graduation Timeline

June 1
Seniors receive Rain Tickets via email if applicable

Rehearsal for Graduates at 9:30 a.m.
Baccalaureate Service at 4:00 p.m.
Reception at 4:45 p.m.

June 2
Line up at 9:00 a.m.
Commencement 10:00 a.m.