Baldwin Wallace University's Spring Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Spring Commencement is for undergraduate and graduate students who are scheduled to complete all requirements for their degree during the spring semester.


Rehearsal for all eligible graduating students will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Recreation Center, 136 E. Bagley Rd., Berea. It is important that all who plan to participate in Commencement attend this brief rehearsal. 


Baccalaureate Service — 10:00 a.m., Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea. 

Baccalaureate is a non-denominational service that gives thanks for the achievements of the graduates, asks for God's blessings on their futures and celebrates the completion of their academic careers.

President's Reception — 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Strosacker Hall Ballroom, 120 E. Grand St., Berea

The President's Reception welcomes all graduates and their families and guests to celebrate their achievements together with President and Mrs. Helmer. This informal event features a buffet with heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Formal dress is not required and reservations are not necessary. Caps and gowns are not worn at this time. (Individual academic departments may host receptions for graduating seniors and parents. Contact departments directly for information.)

White Rose Ceremony — 12:00 p.m., Strosacker Hall (front steps), 120 E. Grand St., Berea

The White Rose Ceremony is held annually during Spring Commencement weekend in memory of Philura Gould Baldwin. An oration is given and selected senior women participate in the presentation of books. A white rose serves as a memorial to the honoree.

Philura Gould Baldwin, 1886, was the granddaughter of John Baldwin, founder of Baldwin University. As an undergraduate, Philura collected books, cataloging them according to Dewey's new decimal system, to begin a library. The traditional colors of brown and gold, which carried over from Baldwin University, had been Philura's suggestion. Following her death from consumption at age 27, Philura's parents donated funds for a library which was dedicated in her memory in June 1894. The building still stands today, as part of the Malicky Center.

Commencement Ceremony — 2:00 p.m., Ursprung Gymnasium in Lou Higgins Recreation Center, 136 E. Bagley Rd., Berea

Caps and gowns are required during the entire ceremony. Men should wear white shirts and dark shoes. Women may wear light (including white) or dark shoes but should avoid bright colors. Commencement ceremony usually lasts two to two-and-a-half hours.


Tickets are required for the Spring Commencement. Per the fire marshal, seating is limited to six guests per graduate and admittance is by ticket only. Tickets may be picked up at the bookstore during cap and gown pick up on April 7. From April 8 through May 6, tickets may be picked up at the Office of Registration and Records. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be picked up at Parking Services, Monday through Thursday evening between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you wish to pick up your tickets at Corporate College East, please send your name and your BW ID# to no later than April 22, 2016. As the supply lasts, two additional tickets will be distributed in University Relations on the Friday before Commencement, May 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Accessible seating is available on the ground level of the gymnasium floor.  The person needing accessible seating may be accompanied by one individual.  Guests should arrive by 1:30 p.m. and inform the usher upon arrival.   


Almost all parking on campus is open on the day of commencement. No parking is allowed in fire zones. Accessible parking is available in every lot on campus.  A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available in the lots adjacent to the Lou Higgins Recreation Center.  If you have specific questions, please contact Parking Services at (440) 826-2333.   


To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact (440) 826-2325 by Monday, April 25, 2016.   


The BW Bookstore is your one-stop shopping for all of your graduation needs: academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel) as well as class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames and campus memorabilia.


GradImages is a professional company that takes several photos of each graduate — including the moment he/she receives the diploma case. Proofs are mailed to students, along with an order form, directly from GradImages. Contact GradImages at (800) 261-2576 with any questions regarding photography. Pre-register at and click on "pre-event registration."


Spring Commencement is streamed live and then archived. The broadcast for the ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.