Commencement Timeline  

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time Description
9 a.m. Gates to Richardson Stadium Open. Guests that have tickets can start entering at this time. 
9 a.m. Required meeting for graduating seniors in Knobloch Indoor Tennis Courts (located inside Baker Sports Complex). Wear caps and gowns. 
9:45 a.m. We encourage guests to be in their seats at this time. 
9:45 a.m. Academic Procession begins 
10 a.m. Ceremony begins

Ticketing Process

No one may be admitted to Richardson Stadium for graduation without a ticket. All tickets are for general seating. Each ticket will be checked at the entrances to the stadium. 

No one but those two ticket holders should come to the stadium. The area surrounding the stadium will be blocked off, and spectators cannot watch the ceremony from outside the stadium.

Those without tickets may support the class of 2021 by watching the ceremony virtually. A livestream will be active 15 minutes prior to the ceremony starting on a dedicated livestream webpage.

Please plan ahead! Students will not be available to help their families on Graduation Day; they'll be lining up in their caps and gowns.

COVID Guidelines

Due to COVID 19 we are asking that you adhere to the following guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests and students:

  • Please remain socially distanced throughout the ceremony.
  • Please keep your face mask on while entering and walking around, but you are permitted to remove your mask when you are seated.
  • Please remain in your seat during the ceremony. You will not be permitted to leave your seat to take photos. 

Attire for Commencement

Commencement is a special occasion designed to honor and recognize the hard work and accomplishments of students and faculty members. Attire for graduates should be respectful of the ceremony's importance.This year’s commencement ceremony will take place outdoors, in the Football Stadium, rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.

Per tradition at Davidson College, graduates must attend commencement in their regalia. The tassel on the cap begins on the right and caps should be parallel to the ground. Beneath the cap and gown, graduates should wear cool, comfortable dress clothes with practical dress shoes. Personal adornments or props are not in keeping with the spirit of the ceremony; however, graduates may wear cords and stoles from recognized Davidson College student organizations. If graduates have questions, please email well in advance of the Commencement ceremony.

Official Photographer

GradImages is the official photographer for commencement. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail. If you pre-register with GradImages you will receive a 20% discount on your orders of $50 or more. As soon as 72 hours after the ceremony, your free photo proofs will be delivered to you by mail, email, and/or text message. You may purchase through the website,, or by calling the Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576. If you have any questions, please email GradImages at

Also, as a special gift, we have arranged for your first 5x7 photo from GradImages to be free! Visit and enter coupon code: GIFT5721.

Official Announcements and Class Ring

Announcements, class ring or other commemorative items can be ordered through Jostens.


The commencement ceremony will be livestreamed, and can be viewed a few days after the ceremony by visiting the college’s YouTube Channel.

Off-Campus Lodging

For your convenience, please refer to our list of local hotel accommodations.