Eligibility for Participation in Graduation Ceremonies

Students who have completed degree requirements may participate in graduation ceremonies. There are two ceremonies each year. May graduates attend the May ceremony. Students who finish requirements in any of the summer terms receive their diplomas in late August and are invited to attend the following December ceremony along with the December graduates.

Ceremony Information

Ceremony times are assigned by college.  Find your college and analyst by clicking here.  

The graduation ceremony for Spring 2015 graduates will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome), at the following times:

10:00 a.m.
for the following Colleges:

2:00 p.m.
for the following Colleges:

Business and Technology


Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Continuing Studies & Academic Outreach

Biomedical Sciences (Graduate Level)

Arts & Sciences


Public Health

New Media Studio (Graduate Level)


Information about the upcoming commencement ceremony click here!

View the December 2014 Commencement Program

Instructions for Wearing Your Academic Hood

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation Rehearsal for Spring 2015 graduates will take place Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Students will attend the rehearsal that begins at the same time as their ceremony. Rehearsal will be held in the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome). Final instructions will be given at this time.

Attendance at the Graduation Ceremony

Each graduation ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Attendance is not mandatory, however students who participate in the ceremony should plan to attend the entire ceremony as it is disrespectful of others if you leave early.

The use of cell phones during the ceremony is discouraged, as is the use of air horns, throwing of confetti, balls, etc. and WILL BE confiscated if brought to the  Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome).

View the ceremony live
The Graduation Ceremony will be available to view LIVE on the Internet! Family and friends who are unable to attend in person can visit http://elearning.etsu.edu/live/graduationlive.htm  to watch the Commencement service. It will be available 10 minutes before each ceremony. 

****The quality of the video and audio will be typical of other streaming media on the Internet and will vary depending on the number of people accessing it, the individual's Internet access speed and other traffic on the public Internet.

Graduation Parking Tips

The following is some information and tips to help you and your guests find convenient parking on campus.

  • Please note that there are two graduation ceremonies on December 13.  One at 10 AM and one at 2 PM.  With the first ceremony lasting nearly two hours it is probable that many parking spots will be occupied as those arrive for the second ceremony.  Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly for time.
  • Parking will be permitted on both the East and West sides of Memorial Center.  The parking garage will be open.  ACCESS TO THE WEST END OF CAMPUS AND THE PARKING GARAGE WILL BE FROM THE WEST SIDE ONLY.  See attached map.  Enter from State of Franklin Road via Jack Vest Drive ONLY.
  • All ETSU parking lots will be open and available for parking.  No permits required.  Fire lane, handicap, service vehicle and no parking areas will be enforced.
  • Handicap parking is available at any appropriately marked space.  Special arrangements will be made for handicap seating on the West side of Memorial Center with special "drop off" access permitted through the parking garage area.  Details and special permits available at graduation practice on Friday, December 12. (Note numbers 2 and 3 on the attached map.)
  • Given our brief history with the new garage and graduation parking, you and your family may be well advised to seek parking on the East side of campus near the administration building.  We are working closely with Johnson City Police to expedite traffic flow to and from the campus but delays should be anticipated.
  • We ask that you PLEASE not park across State of Franklin Road for either ceremony.  The parking garage at Millenium Center is for events there and at the Carnegie and should be avoided for graduation activities.  Likewise, the road near Ruby Tuesday and the bank must be left clear and open.  Parking is not permitted on this road.  Traffic is expected to be very heavy and crossing State of Franklin Road on foot can be extremely dangerous.  Please park somewhere on campus and don't risk crossing this busy thoroughfare.
  • Police, parking attendants and security personnel will be available to direct traffic and help find parking. 

To view the Fall 2014 Commencement morning ceremony click here, afternoon ceremony click here.

To view the May 2014 Commencement morning ceremony click here, afternoon ceremony click here.