Commencement 2018

Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – Noon

HPU, Roberts Hall Lawn

Speaker: Josh Groban

Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 30 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 35-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature films Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hollars, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, as well as on NBC’s The Office, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and CBS’ The Crazy Ones. Groban has released seven studio albums, his 2001 self-titled 5x-platinum debut, 2003’s 6x-platinum Closer, 2006’s double-platinum Awake, 2007’s 6x platinum Grammy-nominated Noel, 2010’s gold-certified Illuminations, and 2013’s gold-certified All That Echoes, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, giving Groban his first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper.  Groban earned Grammy Award nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his 2015 album Stages, a collection of some of the greatest songs from musical theater, and 2016’s Stages Live, which featured performances recorded at the historic Los Angeles Theater for his all-new PBS special Josh Groban: Stages Live. Over the summer, he embarked on an extensive North American tour to support Stages, entitled “Josh Groban: On Stage.” Also in 2016, Groban made his Broadway debut starring in the new musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which opened to glowing reviews. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.

General Information

The Graduation Ceremony is for High Point University candidates for graduation, their families and guests, and university faculty, staff, students and special guests. It is not open to the general public.

Appropriate dress for this event is business attire.

Guests are required to park at Oak Hollow Mall on Eastchester Drive in High Point.  Complimentary Shuttles to campus will begin running at 6:30 a.m.. The shuttles will make a continuous loop from the pick-up location to the High Point University campus until 2:30pm.

Parking will be available on campus for guests with disabilities on a first-come, first-served basis.  Drivers must display state issued placards or license plates to enter the parking lot.  Please enter campus at the main entrance on Panther Drive from University Parkway (formerly N. College Drive). Guests will be transported on wheelchair accessible shuttles and dropped off at the Slane fountain.

In the event of inclement weather, the Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Millis Athletic/Convocation Center and will be delayed until 9:30 a.m. Due to space limitations in the Millis Center, each candidate for graduation is permitted a maximum of two rain guest tickets.  The graduate will be required to show their Passport Card for entry.  Rain tickets must be picked up in advance at the R.G. Wanek Center Philanthropy Tables on April 25th from 8:30am-7:00pm. From April 26 to May 3, tickets may be picked up during normal office hours (8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday) at the R.G. Wanek Center Concierge Desk.

Please cooperate as HPU employs heightened security measures due to the renown of the Commencement speaker. Guests may be inconvenienced with additional security checks.

Since large crowds are expected for this event, plan to arrive early to find a seat. Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special needs seating will be available at the front, left of the lawn (as you view the stage) on a first-come, first-served basis.  This seating is for guests in wheelchairs and for those who have difficulty walking. We ask that only one other guest sit with the special needs guest as seating in this section is limited.

Thank you for being considerate and respectful of the ceremony. Please be respectful of this formal occasion and refrain from loud talking and other noises.

Due to the formality of the ceremony, noisemakers and pets will not be permitted.

Please observe the rope barricades and closed areas. Guests are asked to honor requests made by Junior Marshals.

Roberts Hall, Wrenn Hall and Smith Library are closed during the Graduation Ceremony.

Restrooms are available at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Congdon Hall, Slane Student Center and beside Wrenn Hall.

Coffee and food will be available to purchase in the Slane Student Center. Bottled water will be available at the Promenade kiosk.

Temperatures vary widely in May, so be prepared for various weather scenarios.

Regardless of the weather, the Graduation Ceremony will be broadcast via closed-circuit television at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Slane Student Center, the Wanek Center Extraordinaire Cinema, and Phillips Hall Francis Auditorium.

A photographer from GradImages will be on site to take photographs of each candidate for graduation at their special moment of recognition. Prior to the ceremony pre-register your permanent email address by visiting and clicking on Pre-Event Registration. After the ceremony you may order prints online at by calling toll-free at 800-261-2576.

Photographing candidates for graduation during the Graduation Ceremony is permissible. The platform area is restricted and may not be used for photographs. Please be respectful of boundaries; they have been put in place to prevent injury.

First aid service is available during the Graduation Ceremony. Anyone in need of assistance should contact uniformed officers or visit the Information/Security Station located next to Finch Hall. Security can be reached at 336-841-9111.

Candidates for Graduation Information

Commencement:  Graduates should arrive by 8:15am, in cap and gown, to the Kester International Promenade on May 5.

  • Undergraduate candidates for graduation must submit a graduation application to the University Registrar’s Office by March 15, 2018.. Applications are available in the University Registrar’s Office and online at
  • Graduate School candidates for spring completion should apply for graduation in the Graduate School by March 1, 2018.  The application for graduation can be found online. 

Candidates for graduation must notify the University Registrar’s Office if they do not plan to attend the Graduation Ceremony. Any candidate for graduation who is unable to attend the Graduation Ceremony must provide the University Registrar a current address so that their diploma may be mailed.

Diplomas will reflect first name, middle name/initial, last name, and any applicable suffix as submitted by application to the University. Diploma pickup will be in the Slane Center following the Commencement Ceremony until 1:30pm.

Candidates for graduation may pick up their caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods at the High Point Campus bookstore during regular store hours. Academic regalia may be picked up any time starting March 19, 2018. No pre-order required. The High Point Campus bookstore will be open Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 3:00 p.m. Questions about academic regalia can be directed to Bill Holston, (336) 841-9221 or

Graduation Announcements and Rings

Balfour is High Point University’s official vendor for graduation announcements and rings. Orders can be placed online at or by calling 1-877-225-3687. Order announcements before March 9 in order to have them in time to send prior to Commencement.

Contact the Campus Bookstore at 336-841-9221 with questions.


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