Davidson College's 183rd Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

live stream will be available on our website.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Time Event
4 p.m.

Senior Soiree, Alvarez College Union in Knobloch Campus Center on Alvarez-Mariam Cannon Hayes Outdoor Amphitheatre. (Rain Plan: Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center.)

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Time Event
10-11 a.m.

The Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held in Davidson College's Tyler-Tallman Hall. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony. Contact Master Sergeant Matt Bertles at 704-894-2165 or mabertles@davidson.edu for more information.

3:45 p.m.

Required meeting for graduating seniors (in lieu of a rehearsal), Duke Family Performance Hall in Knobloch Campus Center. Wear caps and gowns if you plan to attend the Baccalaureate Service.

4:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service, 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. It will last about an hour. Claire George-Drumheller, Parish Associate, and Chaplain Rob Spach preside, and Chaplain Spach will offer a sermon with words of blessing for the seniors. Casual dress clothes are appropriate and attendance is encouraged but optional.

5:30 p.m.

Graduates' Dinner, Vail Commons. Tickets are required and are $12 per person; must be obtained in advance by students at the Union Ticket Office, March 1 - May 16, 2020.

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.

10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Senior Class Party, Greenhouse Parking Lot behind the Armfield apartment building.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Time Event
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).

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

Tickets will only be required in the case of inclement weather.

Future Commencement Dates

  • Sunday, May 16, 2021
  • Sunday, May 15, 2022
  • Sunday, May 14, 2023