Starting in 2019, Elon University's commencement ceremony will look a little different. 

Along with bumping the ceremony to Friday instead of Saturday, University President Leo Lambert announced in an address to faculty and staff Monday that the ceremony will split into two parts.

Two diploma ceremonies at varying times in Schar Center will follow an hourlong ceremony in front of Alamance Building for all graduates. Lambert said the university estimates students will receive six or seven tickets for the diploma ceremony. 

This is the second major change to Elon's commencement in as many years. In 2016, Commencement moved in front of Alamance Building, breaking the tradition of it being "Under the Oaks" due to Schar Hall's construction. Last year, it moved in front of Alamance Building again to accommodate for space.

Lambert said plans for the 2018 graduation ceremony are unclear, as they are contingent on the Schar Centers' completion. The 5,400 seat, 160,000 square feet arena is still under construction. 


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