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Commencement Schedule


Please Note: The 2019 Commencement ceremony will take place on May 19, 2019. Listed below are events that were offered in May 2018. The 2019 Commencement schedule will be posted in January or February 2019.

Friday, May 18, 2018

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 19, 2018

10-11 a.m.

The Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held Davidson College's Tyler-Tallman Hall. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony. Contact Captain Luis Sanchez at 704-894-2165 or 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. The Reverend Dr. Ernest Jeffries 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 18, 2018.

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.-2 a.m.

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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 Campus Center, 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 19, 2019
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021