This is the 2024 Commencement weekend schedule. 

Updates will be made when planning begins for the Commencement celebrating the Class of 2025.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Event/Time Details
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. to take selfies with Davidson memorabilia from the College Archives. There will be a vintage megaphone, beanie, and pennant, among other fun props.
A Sweet Farewell for Seniors
3–4 p.m.
Matthews Center, Alvarez College Union

Kick off graduation weekend by enjoying sweet treats with the Matthews Center staff. Parents and family members also welcome. Register on Handshake.

Hosted by the Matthews Center for Career Development

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Event/Time Details
Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10-11 a.m.
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building
There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony. Contact Captain Aaron Reynolds at for more information.
Senior Goodbye Song
10-11 a.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Building
Come and hear our senior voice students as they sing their last solos on the stage of Tyler Tallman. All friends and family are invited to this special moment.
Required Meeting for Graduating Seniors
1:45 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
2:30-3:30 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.

President Doug Hicks, Associate Chaplain Daniel Heath, and DCPC Campus Minister Caitlyn Zold preside alongside Chaplain Julia Watkins. Chaplain Watkins will offer a sermon with words of blessing for the seniors.

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

Live captioning will be available for viewing on personal devices during the Baccalaureate Service. 

Open Houses
4-5:30 p.m.
Varying Locations
Open Houses hosted by various departments.
Graduate's Dinner
5:30 p.m.
Vail Commons
(tickets required)

In celebration of the graduates, Vail Commons will host an exquisite dinner serving classical dishes with a twist.

Tickets are required and are free; must be obtained in advance by students.

Graduate's Dinner Tickets

Farewell to Seniors Concert
7:15 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Davidson College Chorale performs the Farewell to Seniors Concert.
Senior Class Party
9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Former Tennis Courts, adjacent to Qdoba
Party is open to seniors and their guests. The event will take place in the lawn adjacent to Qdoba, former location of the tennis courts.

Sunday, May 12, 2024


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. 

Live captioning will be available for viewing on personal devices during Commencement. 

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 2025: Sunday, May 18, 2025
  • Class of 2026: Sunday, May 17, 2026
  • Class of 2027: Sunday, May 16, 2027