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Spring commencement



Surrounded by family, friends, faculty, staff, alumni, trustee, and students, King University commencement is filled with the sounds of laughter, applause, and bagpipes as students complete their full circle of education.

Spring commencement ceremonies are held at the main campus in Bristol, TN. Fall commencement ceremonies are held at Viking Hall Civic Center, Bristol, TN.

Watch the Event Live

The morning and afternoon ceremonies will both be available via live streaming for those unable to attend in person. Live streams should begin broadcasting approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Tune in live at any of the following links:

Click here to view graduation ceremony photos

Upcoming graduation dates:

  • May 1, 2021

Commencement Newsletter

Congratulations to our graduates! It is with much excitement that we circulate a commencement newsletter detailing the event in hopes that the information provided will assist out graduates and their families as they prepare.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes – masks are required to be worn by every person who attends commencement and they must be left on the entire time. The only exception is children under the age of 2 do not have to wear a mask.

No, there will not be a rehearsal or a baccalaureate service. You will receive instructions the morning of

For the 10:00 a.m. ceremony, please arrive by 8:30 a.m.

For the 2:30 p.m. ceremony, please arrive by 1:00 p.m.

No, the Tornado Alley Shoppe will be closed on the day of commencement.

No, please do not give your tickets to another graduate. Please notify us at that you
will not be able to attend.

No, caps and gowns will not be available on the day of commencement. The last day to pick up your cap and gown is 4/30/2021 before 4:00 p.m. The last day to ship your cap and gown is 4/27/2021.

We ask that you proceed to your vehicle immediately following commencement so that social distancing
can be maintained among everyone present.

Yes, we have handicap parking available. When coming through the check‐in process, please notify
Security that you require handicap parking. Even if you have a handicap tag on your car, please inform
security so you can be issued a handicap parking pass from King.

Yes, we will have restrooms open in Maclellan Hall.

We will have golf carts available for those who require assistance.

No, the number of attendees is set for the May 1, 2021 commencement. The university’s plans and logistics have been developed based on the number of RSVPs that were received by the stated deadline.

  • When arriving on campus, you will be directed through the Carmack gate on King College Road after completing the screening process in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church. This is the only entrance that will be open on campus.
  • You will be screened for COVID symptoms including having your temperature checked.
  • After the COVID screen, you will be required to present your ticket for verification.
    • Once your ticket is verified, a lanyard pass will be issued to access the oval for the commencement.
    • If you do not have a lanyard pass, you will not be allowed to proceed to the oval.
  • You will be required to keep your lanyard pass visible at all times.
  • Your lanyard pass must be visible in order for you to be seated by commencement ushers.
  • If you do not have your lanyard pass, you will not be allowed to attend commencement.

Continued increase and intensity in the number of COVID cases, local or state mandates, and heavy rain
the day of commencement could result in a postponement of the commencement ceremony.

King University will have bottled water available; however, food will not be served for commencement.

The Courtyard by Marriott in Bristol, VA (located at Exit 7 on Interstate 81) is offering a discounted rate for King’s Commencement ceremonies ($99 per night). Call the hotel front desk (276.591.4400) to make reservations and visit for hotel details.