Davidson College's 185th Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

A live stream will be available.

Details are subject to change based upon current safety protocols.


COVID Guidelines

The college will be following all COVID safety guidelines at commencement events. 

Review Davidson's COVID Guidelines 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Picture This: Vintage Selfie Station with the College Archives
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by the Davidsoniana Room (2nd floor of the Library) between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, to take selfies with Davidson memorabilia from the College Archives. There will be a vintage megaphone, beanie, and pennant, among other fun props.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Various Events

Event Information Details

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10-11 a.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Building

There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony. Contact Captain Phillip Brown at phbrown@davidson.edu for more information.

Required Meeting for Graduating Seniors
3:45 p.m. 
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Required meeting for graduating seniors in lieu of a rehearsal.

Wear caps and gowns if you plan to attend the Baccalaureate Service.

Baccalaureate Service
4:30-5:30 p.m.
John M. Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex

Drawing on the college's Presbyterian heritage, the Baccalaureate Service is an inclusive, non-denominational spiritual celebration for faculty, staff, seniors, parents and their families. The seniors will process in wearing caps and gowns.

Caitlyn Hathaway, Campus Minister at DCPC and Chaplain Rob Spach preside. Chaplain Spach will offer a sermon with words of blessing for the seniors.

Casual dress clothes are appropriate and attendance is encouraged but optional.

Graduate's Dinner
5:30 p.m.
Vail Commons
(tickets required)

Tickets are required and are $12 per person; must be obtained in advance by students at the Union Ticket Office, March 1 - May 13, 2022.

Explore the Menu For the Event

Farewell to Seniors Concert
7:15 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Davidson College Chorale performs the Farewell to Seniors Concert.

Open Houses
8-10 p.m.
Varying Locations

Open Houses hosted by various departments.

Access the Schedule of Open Houses

Senior Class Party
9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Old Tennis Courts

Party is open to seniors and their guests. The event will take place at the Old Tennis Courts.

Sunday, May 15, 2022


Event/Time 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 graduating seniors at the Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building. Wear caps and gowns.

Rain Plan: Lowest level of Baker Sports Complex, far basketball practice court

Procession Begins
9:50 a.m.

Academic Procession

Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Commencement, Front Campus

A live stream will be available. Visitors may view the live stream in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, in the Alvarez College Union, for those who would like to watch the ceremony in a climate-controlled environment. 

Rain Plan Ceremony will move to the John M. Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex. Tickets will only be required in the case of inclement weather. The 900 Room, as well as the Duke Family Performance Hall, will serve as overflow locations should the ceremony move to the Belk Arena due to inclement weather.

Future Commencement Dates

  • Class of 2020: Sunday, May 22, 2022
  • Class of 2023: Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Class of 2024: Sunday, May 12, 2024