Lincoln Memorial University


Graduation Rehearsals:

Students are encouraged to attend Commencement rehearsals. Rehearsal for the ceremony will be held on Friday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Turner Arena. All graduating students are encouraged to attend rehearsal. Rehearsal for students enrolled in courses at Cedar Bluff, Physicians Regional Medical Center or Blount County will be Wednesday, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. in room 184 at the Cedar Bluff campus.




December 14, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. - TEX TURNER ARENA

Participation in the Commencement ceremony is a requirement for undergraduate degrees.


All Parties

Everyone will meet in his/her assigned meeting place no later than 8:30 a.m. AND be in line no later than 9:00 a.m.


Seniors and Graduate Students

Seniors and graduate students will meet at the Arena to put on their caps and gowns. Graduate and Undergraduate students will dress in the Weight Room and EdS, EdD, and JD students will dress in the Hall of Fame Room.  These rooms are on the ground floor and will be designated.



Platform Party, Faculty & Trustees

Platform party will dress in the B. Frank Turner Room on the ground floor.

Faculty and trustees will dress in the Athletic Training Room, ground floor.



Seniors and Graduate Students

Seniors and graduate students will line up according to the LMU Graduation Seating Order.

Find your location as quickly as possible and remain there so the student marshals can verify that all students are present.

Student Marshals have been appointed to assure an orderly and meaningful commencement. Please carefully follow their instructions.


Platform Party, Faculty & Trustees

Line up in the proper order:

      • platform party,
      • students,
      • faculty,
      • trustees,
      • adjunct faculty, and
      • staff



  1. Processional – begins with LMU Concert Band

                        Enter the Arena in the following order:

  1. Macebearer
  2. Platform Party
  3. Student Marshals
  4. Seniors and Graduate Students – march in the assigned order and stand in front of the seats reserved for you in center section
  5. Faculty – march in behind seniors and graduate students
  6. Trustees – march in behind faculty
  7. Adjunct faculty – march in behind trustees
  8. Staff – march in behind adjunct faculty


  1. All remain standing and MEN remove caps for Invocation


  1. When all are signaled to be seated, MEN replace caps


  1. The VPAA will ask candidates to rise for conferral of degrees. Following conferral of degrees, move tassel from RIGHT TO LEFT. All but first row sit down. First row proceeds to steps and awaits calling of names. Return to seat and remain standing until full row has returned, then be seated. Each row follows same procedure.


  1. All stand and MEN remove caps for Alma Mater and Benediction. Replace caps and begin Recessional.


  1. Recessional

                        Macebearer followed by platform party. Marshals will lead the seniors and graduate students, beginning with the front row, out of the Arena floor area. Faculty, trustees, adjunct faculty, and staff follow seniors and graduate students when recessing.


To watch the Ceremony LIVE click here


Graduation Parking

Guests are encouraged to arrive early enough to find parking at Tex Turner Arena. Should the need arise, the LMU Campus Shuttle will be running a regular route from the Museum Parking lot, to the Duke Hall Parking lot, past the DAR parking lot, and to the front doors of the arena.

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Handicap parking is available behind the arena. Click here to make your reservation. There is also designated handicap parking near the front doors of the arena (with permit).


The marching order for the 2019 December ceremony is below. This is only a list of participants and not a list of conferred degrees.






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