Commencement Schedule

Davidson College's 180th Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The schedule for this year's Commencement activities has not yet been determined. The schedule below is for your reference.

2016 Commencement

Friday, May 13, 2016

4 p.m. Senior Soiree, Alvarez College Union in Knobloch Campus Center on Alvarez-Mariam Cannon Hayes Outdoor Amphitheatre

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble performs its final concert of the year, featuring the seniors as soloists.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

3:45 p.m. Required meeting for graduating seniors, Duke Family Performance Hall in Knobloch Campus Center. Wear caps and gowns.
4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, John M. Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex
5:30 p.m. President's Supper, Vail Commons. Tickets are required; must be obtained in advance by students.
7:15 p.m. Farewell to Seniors Concert, Davidson College Chorale, Davidson College Presbyterian Church
8-10 p.m. Open Houses, various faculty and staff homes or on-campus locations

Sunday, May 15, 2016

8:30 a.m. Seating for Commencement Ceremony opens for family and friends. 
9 a.m. Required meeting for graduating seniors, Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers. Wear caps and gowns. (Rain Plan: Lowest level of Baker Sports Complex, far basketball practice court)
9:50 a.m. Academic Procession
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Commencement, Front Campus. (Rain Plan: John M. Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex) No tickets required. A live stream will also be available in the Duke Family Performance Hall in the Alvarez Campus Center.

Monday, May 16, 2016

11 a.m.-noon The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus, UNCC Center City, 320 E 9th St. There will be a reception following the ceremony from noon-1 p.m. Email Rick Nash at for more information.

Future Commencement Dates

  • Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018