Hannibal-LaGrange University Commencement
Virtual Celebration, May 9, 2020 at 10 am

In-person ceremony is August 15, 2020 at 10 am in the Roland Fine Arts Center. 

Unfortunately, the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9, 2020 was cancelled because of gathering restrictions related to COVID-19.  HLGU is delighted to announce that it has rescheduled the commencement ceremony for August 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Roland Fine Arts Center.  Additionally, HLGU is making plans to host a virtual celebration for the original date of May 9, 2020.

HLGU Nurses Pinning on May 8, 2020 has been cancelled.

More details will follow in the days ahead.

Campus Map for Visitors:

Campus Map to print or download

Hotel Accommodations for visitors

Commencement Keynote Speaker

Information for Graduates

Please watch your HLGU email account for instructions and updates.

When ordering your cap and gown, please select for it to be shipped to your home address.  The original deadline for cap and gown orders was April 1, 2020.  HLGU is working with the provider to extend this deadline, but to be on the safe side, we encourage you to go ahead and order.


To place orders for your cap and gown or graduation announcements, please click here.

  • Type in Hannibal-LaGrange University and select when the school name appears
  • Check the graduation date and choose the degree level and select continue
  • Choose the “Cap & Gown” tab
  • Choose Graduation Regalia at $0.00
  • Complete the personal information and add to cart
  • Proceed to check out
  • Check the order and proceed to check out
  • Complete further personal information and submit

NOTICE: You MUST proceed until you receive an order confirmation number to complete the order.


For Faculty academic regalia orders click here.

Family & Friends General Information

Restrooms and changing tables are located in the lobby of  the Mabee Sports Complex by the parking lot entrance (southwest corner) of the building.

Handicap Accessibility & Shuttle Information

The Mabee Sports Complex is handicap accessible. A ramp is located at the main entrance on the southwest side of the building. Handicapped seating is spread throughout the gymnasium.  If all spots have been taken, please ask an usher to remove chairs to make room for a wheelchair or a walker. If you have guests with specific needs, please contact Mrs. Julie Andresen at 573-629-3130 or  Transportation will be available on campus for visitors with limited mobility to shuttle to and from the ceremony.

Video Streaming

Commencement will be live streamed on the HLGU Facebook page:


A professional photographer will take a color photo of each graduate before they approach the platform, as they shake hands with President Anthony Allen on the platform, and after they exit the platform at the green screen.  Photos will be available for download after commencement on the Kabance Photography website:

To take your own photos, please use the designated area for guests to take pictures. This is located behind the first set of chains near the platform.

Videotaping: Family and friends may videotape Commencement. Tripods may not be set up in the aisles under any circumstances or block the view of others.

Before and After Commencement Photos for Family and Friends on Campus

Suggested photo backgrounds include HLGU’s Arch, located in front of the Burt Administration Building, and the Kugel ball in front of the Carroll Missions Center.

Commencement Protocols

Cell Phones – Please set to the silent mode.

Child Supervision  – Please supervise children during Commencement.

Cry Room – available on the right as you walk toward the back (southeast) area of the building.

Honoring Graduates – please refrain from screaming or using air horns.

Please keep all aisles clear as graduates march in and out; remain in your seat until all graduates have marched out.