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Information for Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors in attire for CommencementRegalia

Graduating seniors must attend commencement in their regalia, which is available for pickup at Senior Salute in September and at the Registrar's Office during the school year.

Attire for Commencement

Commencement is a special occasion designed to honor and recognize the hard work and accomplishments of students and faculty members in the presence of family, friends, and the Davidson College community. Attire for graduates should be respectful of the ceremony's importance.

Per tradition at Davidson College, graduates wear a plain black cap and gown. 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.

Graduates' Dinner

Graduating seniors and their families are invited to the Graduates' Dinner held at 5:45 p.m. in Vail Commons after Baccalaureate. A limited number tickets are available and may be purchased for $12 each. Tickets can be purchased starting April 24, 2017, through the Union Ticket Office, in person M-F 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m., or via phone at 704-894-2135. If you have any questions about the event, please email Traci Russ-Wilson at If you have any trouble purchasing tickets, please email the Union Ticket Office at

Official Photographer

GradImages is the official photographer for commencement. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail. You may pre-register with GradImages. This provides you with current information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please email GradImages at

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Graduation DVD

Remember this important occasion for years to come by ordering your own DVD. In addition to the graduation ceremony, each graduate receiving his or her diploma will be captured along with myriad memorable images. Complete this order form (online PDF) and one will be reserved for you.

Guest Lodging Option

Davidson College has once again partnered with Our Towns Habitat, the area's Habitat for Humanity chapter, to provide an alternative to staying in a hotel. The HomeStay (PDF) program allows guests to stay with a host family for a suggested donation of $85, with 100% of your donation going to Our Towns Habitat's Youth Program for use on their next project.


For visitors attending Commencement, parking is available in Baker Sports Complex, North and South lots off Baker Drive. Though other public parking may be available on Main Street or Concord Road, college-designated visitor parking is more plentiful. From I-77 Exit 30, proceed East on Griffith Street. Griffith Street will intersect with Main Street right in front of the Davidson campus. Take a right onto Main Street and proceed to the first full stoplight. Take a left at the stoplight onto Concord Road. Travel approximately .5 miles until you see Baker Drive on your left. Turn left onto Baker Drive and the visitor parking lot will be on your right. For more information, see the campus maps and directions to Davidson College.