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Due to the extraordinary circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 epidemic, the College may need to modify or cancel Commencement. While the College intends to hold Commencement on August 15, we are required to abide by current State of Indiana and CDC guidelines in place at the time. For example, if the College deems the best way to address the COVID-19 epidemic in August is to social distance, we may be able to provide spaced seating for seniors and faculty and ask that guests bring their own chairs and sit 6 feet apart from other families. The College may also be required to limit the numbers of guests who can attend. The situation with respect to the COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing, so we will all need to remain flexible.

Rescheduled: Hanover College’s 187th Commencement has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10 a.m. EDT.

Please continue to watch this page for updates as details are confirmed.

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Questions? Email or call (812) 866-7005.


Saturday, August 15, 2020:
8 a.m. – Legacy Photos – The Point

It's great that many students discover HC for the first time each year, but it's through our alumni families that the heritage of the College passes from generation to generation. To commemorate the senior legacy student(s) and their family at graduation, a professional photographer will take their photo which will then be mailed to them on a CD. Photos will be taken in five-minute increments beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are a first-come, first-served basis and can be made by contacting Christy Hughes, Director of Alumni Relations at or 812-866-7012.

9:30 a.m. – Seniors will assemble in caps and gowns

Seniors will assemble in caps and gowns north of Classic Hall no later than 9:30 a.m. Wearing a cap and gown is mandatory unless excused in advance by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

10 a.m. – Commencement – The Point

The processional begins at 10:00 a.m. Commencement will be streamed live for friends and family who cannot attend and would like to view the ceremony. The link for the broadcast is

(Due to COVID-19, alternate rain site plans are not being made as an indoor event will not be feasible.)

Senior Class Celebration
Immediately following commencement, the Office of Alumni Relations will provide a celebration for seniors and their families. A light lunch with non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. More details are coming soon.

Please remember that Hanover observes Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Where to stay

Hotel/motel room blocks reserved at these area hotels for Friday night, August 14, 2020:

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