Commencement Weekend Schedule

All events require pre-registration to attend for both alumni and family/friends. Registration links will be shared in March 2022.

The meals throughout the weekend 2020 Commencement celebration will all be set up reception style! Explore various food stations while you visit with classmates and guests. Selections that meet specific dietary guidelines will be labeled as such, so you can make the best choices for your meal. We hope you enjoy the atmosphere of the party-style dinner events.


Event Time Details

Friday 4–10 p.m.
& Saturday 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.


Welcome Center
Residence Life Office (RLO) southwest door; visit map for location.

For Friday and Saturday activities, all guests must pick up their name tags;
guests without name tags will be delayed when entering events.

No registration or name tags are required for any events on Sunday.

Residence Hall Check-in

Early Cap and Gown Pick-up

2020 Graduate Gift

Friday May 20, 2022

*Requires registration to attend.

Event Time Details

7–10 p.m.

Mug Night with Dinner at Patterson Court Lawn*
All graduates, family and friends are invited.
Class of 2020 alums will get their mug and a complimentary drink, thanks to The Fund for Davidson and Residence Life Office.
Cash bar available.

Saturday May 21, 2022

*Requires registration to attend.

Event Time Details

10 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Brunch at Vail Commons*
All graduates, family and friends are invited.

1–7 p.m.

Campus Gatherings
Individual department gatherings happening throughout campus at various times. Check the schedule for additional information.

1 – 7 p.m.   

Lake Campus Open
Show your 2020 Commencement Weekend nametag for access at the gate. Alcohol beverages not permitted.  Lifeguard will not be on duty.

7–9 p.m.

Dinner at former Covington Tennis Court Lawn Tent*
All graduates, family and friends are invited.
Class of 2020 alums will receive their first drink complimentary, thanks to the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.
Enjoy a cash bar, food stations, music and fun as you celebrate your graduation!
9 p.m.–12 a.m. After Party at former Covington Tennis Court Lawn Tent*
All graduates, family and friends are invited.
Cash bar available.

Sunday May 22, 2022


Event Time Details

8–9 a.m.

Breakfast To Go
Only provided to graduates staying in the residence halls.

9 a.m.

Class of 2020 Meeting at Lilly Family Gallery in Chambers
Graduates only.

9:30 a.m.

Prelude Begins
10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony

After Ceremony  

Reception on Chambers Lawn
All graduates, family and friends are invited.
Light refreshments with faculty, staff and coaches.

3 p.m.       

Check-out at Belk residence hall.
Graduates with room reservations only.

Monday (5/23)

10 a.m.

Late check-out at Belk residence hall.

Will be granted for those that need this special accommodation based on your departure flight. Please email for approval on this request.

Family and friends are invited to participate in these events all weekend long, too!

Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony is on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Live Stream: Davidson College will be live streaming Commencement for the Class of 2020. Those classmates that are unable to join us in person, as well as family and friends, are encouraged to watch the live stream. A live stream will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony on our dedicated live stream page. Additional information will be shared about this as we get closer to the weekend. 

Event Information Details

Seating Opens
8:30 a.m.

Seating for Commencement Ceremony opens for family and friends.

Graduating Seniors Meeting
9 a.m.

Required meeting for members of the Class of 2020 in Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers. Wear caps and gowns.

Procession Begins
9:50 a.m.

Academic Procession begins, Chambers Lawn

We encourage guests to be in their seats at this time. 

Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m.

Ceremony begins, Chambers Lawn

In case of inclement or threatening weather, outdoor the Commencement Ceremony Weekend activities will be held in the John M. Belk Arena, Baker Sports Complex.

Class of 2020 Inclement Weather Plan