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Message from the Alumni Association

Dear graduating seniors,

For some of you, these past few years have flown by, while some may feel that graduation day would never arrive! So many special moments made up my Barton experience as I am sure you have a long list of your own moments. Soon, you will be able to add Barton Graduate to the top of your list!

While your journey as a student is coming to an end, you now begin a new journey as an alumnus/a. I encourage you to stay connected to Barton by returning to campus as often as you can. After all, Barton is a family—a family that consists of peers, professors, staff, and thousands of alumni from all over the world. When you made the decision to attend Barton, you instantly became a part of this family, and your daily presence on campus will certainly be missed.

As the Alumni Board President and speaking on behalf of all fellow alumni, congratulations, Class of 2018! We are very proud of you and cannot wait to see what this big world has to offer you and what you will offer the world. I look forward to officially welcoming you into the Alumni Association during Commencement Exercises.

Best wishes for the journey ahead, but never forget the way back home as Barton’s door will always be open to you!

– Tracy O’Shields Mitchell, ’98
President, Alumni Association

Caps and Gowns

In order to receive your cap and gown, you must:

  • Pick up your cap and gown from the Barton College bookstore starting April 23.
  • Be clear of any Business or Library holds – no outstanding books or fees.

Contact the Office of the Registrar if you have questions.

Policy Regarding Commencement Regalia

The commencement ceremony recognizes the membership of degree recipients in a community of educated men and women that is characterized by mutuality and collegiality. Barton College supports the wearing of honor cords at commencement by students who have earned their privileges through achieving academic honors, induction into college-recognized honor societies, being a member of the U.S. military, or being an honorably discharged U.S. veteran.

The college allows students to wear the following cords during commencement:

Gold cords

Issued by the Registrar’s Office to all undergraduate students who will graduate with Latin honors. These cords will be in the students’ cap-and-gown packets.

Red, White, and Blue cords

Issued by the Registrar’s Office to recognize honorably discharged U.S. veteran students and current students serving in the U.S. military (active duty, National Guard, and Reserves). All eligible students must contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain the cords.

Other Cords Issued by College-Recognized Honor Societies

The student is responsible for obtaining the cord if he or she wishes to wear it during the commencement ceremony.

College-Recognized Honor Societies:

  • Alpha Chi, the national college honor scholarship society
  • Alpha Lambda, the national honor society for religion and philosophy
  • Alpha Phi Sigma, the national honor society for criminal justice
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha, the national Greek academic honor society
  • Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education
  • Phi Alpha, the national honor society for social work
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science
  • Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for business, management, and administration
  • Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society for nursing students
  • The Society for Collegiate Journalists, the national honor society for mass communications majors

No other adornments (cords or stoles) may be worn except for those listed above. Any adornments that are not approved will be removed during line-up prior to the start of commencement.

Commencement Preview

The Commencement Preview slideshow is available here.

Official Photographs

As each graduate walks across the stage, a picture will be taken by a professional photographer. A posed photograph will also be taken once each graduate has stepped off the stage.

Each graduate will receive an email from the photographer with a link to the website,, and a password that allows the graduate to view and order graduation photos online. A free color proof will also be mailed to the permanent address so that the graduate will have the opportunity to purchase these prints. There is no obligation to purchase prints.

For more information, please contact or call 800-722-7033.

Requirements for Graduation

Application for Graduation
You must fully complete and sign an Application for Graduation. The applications are available at senior graduation meetings and at the Office of the Registrar. Your name on your diploma will be as it appears on your Application for Graduation.

Commencement vs. Graduation
Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not necessarily mean that you will be graduated; this especially applies to August graduates. Barton College will graduate you once, and only once, you have completed all of your degree requirements. Diplomas will indicate only the degree and not the major/s. If a student completes a double major within the same degree, only one degree (one diploma) is earned.

Official Graduation Dates on Diplomas

  • May 2018 graduates – May 9
  • August 2018 graduates – August 3
August Graduate Candidates: Undergraduate students who are applying for August graduation must be within six (6) hours of graduation and have at least a 2.00 cumulative Barton College GPA prior to Commencement. All students must provide evidence by May 1, 2018, that they are pre-registered for the appropriate courses in summer school in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. An approved petition prior to enrollment is required for all course work taken at other institutions during the summer.

Cap and Gown Orders
If you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must complete the Cap and Gown section of the Application for Graduation. Caps and gowns may be picked up April 23 – May 11, 2018, at the Barton College Bookstore.

2.00 Minimum GPA for Undergraduates
You must complete the requirements for graduation with a Barton College GPA of at least 2.00. The GPA of courses taken in the major and/or minor must also be at least 2.00.

Undergraduate Hours Earned: 126
You must earn a minimum of 126 hours to graduate.

Undergraduate Residency Requirement
A minimum of 32 semester hours must be taken at Barton College. During his or her last term at Barton College, the student may take up to six semester hours at another regionally accredited college or university. An approved petition prior to enrollment is required for courses taken at another institution.

Undergraduate Graduating with Honors
The grade point average is computed on all work attempted at all colleges attended.
3.30 – 3.59 = Cum Laude
3.60 – 3.89 = Magna Cum Laude
3.90 – 4.00 = Summa Cum Laude

Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, students will pick up their diplomas at the designated tables on the lawn in front of Harper Hall near the Centennial Alumni Bell Tower.

All graduates will line up in the Kennedy Family Theatre at 12:45 p.m. Line-up is ordered by degree, starting with master’s degrees. The order will be MBA, MSA, MSN, BA, BFA, BLS, BS, BSN, and BSW. Each degree will be clearly marked with posted signs. At line-up, each graduate will be given a degree card. Hold on to this card! During Commencement, the graduate will give this degree card to the Provost, who will read the name, major, and degree.