Graduation Information

Commencement Exercises

December commencement will be Friday, December 16, 2022, at 3 p.m.
Spring commencement will be Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.

Mars Hill University is excited to announce event details for our recognition of August and December graduates.

Graduate Recognition – Friday, December 16, 2022, 2022

The commencement ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

The student speaker will be Ciara Mitchell. AGS graduate Nichole Buckner will give a prayer.

Watch via livestream on YouTube

Graduation Application:

The deadline to apply for May or August 2023 graduation is February 8, 2023.

If you intend to graduate in May or August of 2023 and have not applied to graduate, you may do so on your self-service account:

To Apply in Self-Service:  Graduation, Graduation Overview, Apply

Questions regarding the graduation application or senior evaluation can be emailed to: Kara Mugrage,

Academic Regalia:

Information regarding purchasing of regalia will be provided later in the semester.


Commencement is the paramount academic ceremony, and participants are expected to demonstrate their respect for the event and its significance by wearing appropriate attire beneath their regalia. Men should wear dress shirts with ties, dress slacks, and dress shoes, women a dress or dressy suit with matching flats or heels. Jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, shorts, flip-flops, and the like are inappropriate.


Bachelor’s degree graduates participating in the December or May commencement ceremony must wear appropriate regalia consisting of gown, mortarboard, and tassel purchased from the Mars Hill University Bookstore. Graduates keep their regalia following commencement. Regalia from other ceremonies is not permitted. A graduate in active military service at the time of commencement may wear the appropriate dress uniform in lieu of regalia but must drape the academic gown over his or her forearm when crossing the stage to receive a diploma. Graduates’ tassels are colored according to the degree earned:

  • Bachelor of Arts — white
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts — brown
  • Bachelor of Music — pink
  • Bachelor of Science — gold
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – apricot
  • Bachelor of Social Work — citron

Graduates who earn “Latin honors” (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) also wear a second tassel in institutional blue and gold provided by the university. During the ceremony, tassels must be worn on the right side of the mortarboard until graduates are directed to move them to the left side by the President. Men are expected to remove their mortarboards during the invocation but replace them afterwards; women may do the same or may leave their mortarboards on throughout the ceremony.

A graduate who is a member of Alpha Chi (traditional students) or Alpha Sigma Lambda (nontraditional students) may wear that organization’s honor cord over his or her regalia during Commencement.

Graduates who have successfully completed the university’s Honors Program curriculum wear a gold stole at Commencement in addition to any other recognitions.

Alpha Chi cords and Honors stoles will be given out at line-up prior to Commencement. Information on procuring Alpha Sigma Lambda chords can be obtained from Heidi Sermersheim (