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Commencement Schedule

2017 Commencement

Please Note: The 2018 Commencement ceremony will take place on May 20, 2018. Listed below are events that were offered in May 2017. The 2018 Commencement schedule will be posted in January or February 2018.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

11 a.m.-noon The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus, UNCC Center City, 320 E 9th St. There will be a reception following the ceremony from noon-1 p.m. Email Rick Nash at for more information.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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 20, 2017

3:45 p.m. Required meeting for graduating seniors, Duke Family Performance Hall in Knobloch Campus Center. Wear caps and gowns.
4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, John M. Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex
The Baccalaureate Service is a non-denominational spiritual service for seniors, parents and their families. The seniors will process in wearing caps and gowns. It will last about an hour. The Reverend Doctor Ernest Jeffries will read Prayers of Adoration and Confession and Chaplain Spach will have the sermon. Casual dress clothes would be appropriate. The service is optional.
5:30 p.m. Graduates' Dinner, Vail Commons. Tickets are required; must be obtained in advance by students.
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 21, 2017

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). No tickets required. A live stream will also be available in the Duke Family Performance Hall in the Alvarez Campus Center.

Future Commencement Dates

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021