Hannibal-LaGrange University Commencement

Dates and times

ASN/BSN Pinning – Friday, May 5, 2023 6:00 p.m., Roland Fine Arts Center

Commencement – Saturday, May 6, 2023 10:00 a.m., Mabee Sports Complex

PN Pinning/Graduation – Saturday, July 1, 2023 1 p.m., Roland Fine Arts Center

Information for Graduates

Instructions for line-up, dress and award pick up click here.

Graduates Survey

All graduates make sure to take your graduate survey right here.

Order Roses for Graduation

Ordering roses for graduation is sponsored by the HLGU Education Division and is offered during the traditional ceremonies only.

Red Cord Campaign

For your gift of $25 to the Red Cord Campaign, you will receive a red cord to wear with your commencement regalia. In turn, your gift will help fund scholarships for future Trojans.

To make a gift and receive a red cord:

  1. Bring a check, cash, or credit card to the institutional advancement office (Burt Admin, 4th floor) during the following times: May 1-May 4 from 8:30 am to Noon and 1:30 pm to 4 pm, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  2. Make a $25 gift online at Cords will be available for pick up during the above office hours or the morning of commencement.
  3. Make special arrangements with Lauren Youse by contacting her at or (573) 629-3126.

The Red Cord Campaign offers you a way to invest in students and help them experience HLGU and grow as you did! Give today!

CAP, GOWN and GRADUATION Announcements

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

The deadline is Friday, March 20, 2023.

  • 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.

Click here to print the change of venue inserts.

Faculty: For Faculty academic regalia orders click here.

Video Streaming

Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed on the HLGU Facebook page:

Digital Program

Information for Visitors:

Campus Map to print or download

Hotel Accommodations for visitors

Family & Friends General Information

Guest seating for May 5 nurses’ pinning

The Roland Fine Arts Center will open for guest seating at 5:30 p.m. Seating is on a first come first serve basis. The ceremony will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. There are currently no tickets required and no limits on guests barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Restrooms and changing tables are located on both levels of the Roland Fine Arts Center.

Guest seating for the May 6 Commencement Ceremony

The Mabee Sports Complex will open for guest seating at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will not be required. Seating is on a first come first serve basis. The ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. If your family needs handicap seating, please contact Julie Andresen at or 573-629-3130.

Handicap Accessibility Information

The Mabee Sports Complex is handicap accessible. If you have guests with specific needs, please contact Mrs. Julie Andresen at 573-629-3130 or


A professional photographer will take a color photo of each graduate before they approach the platform, as they shake hands with our President 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:

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. Watch for signs directing you to the location.

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.