May 15, 2021

Our Commencement ceremony will be held in-person on Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m.

Weather permitting, we will hold our ceremony in the Graves Amphitheater. Should the weather prohibit this, we will move inside to the Marshall Gymnasium. Students will be notified on any weather-related change as early as possible but no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of Commencement.

Attendance Update (April 26, 2021)

We are pleased to give you an update on our attendance policy for this year’s Commencement. If weather permits us to hold the ceremony outside, graduates may have 6 guests maximum. Should we need to move the event inside the Marshall Gymnasium only 4 guests will be allowed inside the gym. The remaining 2 guests would be allowed to watch the streaming of the ceremony inside Duthie Auditorium. All guests must be preregistered. Guest registration forms were distributed via email to those graduates who previously registered to participate in Commencement services.

For Midway University faculty and staff who are not part of the official ceremony, additional information will be sent out closer to the event for those who wish to volunteer to assist with the ceremony or attend.

The University will follow all state, local, and university guidelines in place at the time of the event which will likely still include physical distancing, temperature checks, and wearing masks. The Commencement service will be streamed live and recorded for those guests who cannot attend in person.

Any questions regarding Commencement should be emailed to

Commencement Rehearsal

Here is a link to the Commencement Briefing held via Zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 11 a.m. Use code 6#qBUz+@ to access.

Proper Name Pronunciation

Graduates may use this phone line 859.846.5432 to call in and record the proper pronunciation of your name to assist Dr. Carrie Christensen who will read your name as you come on stage during Commencement.

Campus Arrival on Commencement Day

All traffic will use the farm entrance and campus security will direct you to the appropriate parking areas. Gates open and check-in will begin at 8:30. Students participating in Commencement must be lined up by 10 a.m. Graduates and their guests are asked to ride together and have no more than 2 vehicles. This will help us get everyone parked quickly and through the check-in process.


Only those students who have already paid their graduation fee and other account balances will receive their diplomas at Commencement. Please contact the Business Office with any account balance questions.


The final deadline to order regalia was April 15. All graduates participating in Commencement are required to wear regalia.

Balfour Flyer

Commencement Announcements

Students may order official Midway University Commencement announcements online with Balfour or call 800.433.0296. When ordering, they will need to know your official degree and major. Minors, emphases, concentrations, or honors can be included.

Graduation Cap Decoration Guidelines

Midway University’s Commencement ceremony is a dignified celebration of the achievement of its students. Decorations on the graduation cap are a representation of the pride and accomplishment for the student. In keeping with the significance of this event, the following guidelines must be followed for graduation cap decorations.

  • Decorations may not interfere with the attachment of the tassel to the cap or its movement from right to left.
  • Only the flat top of the cap may be decorated.
  • Decorations must not obscure anyone sitting behind the graduate and may not include lights or noise that may interfere with the ceremony.
  • Caps must not threaten the safety of others, include any hate speech; inappropriate, offensive, or profane language; advertisements; or any negative speech toward any individual, institution, and/or the University, its faculty, staff, or any student.
  • If you are unsure if your cap meets these guidelines you may contact the Office of Academic Affairs at for guidance.
  • Any cap deemed not meeting these guidelines will not be permitted to be worn in the Commencement ceremony and may impact ability to participate in the ceremony. It will be the student’s responsibility to obtain a replacement cap should their cap be disqualified.

Live Stream

Commencement will be live-streamed on the University’s YouTube channel.


If you have general questions about Commencement, please email


Commencement photos can be viewed and ordered from the online photo gallery. For additional information contact Mark Mahan at 859-621-9526 or email