2018 Commencement Events Schedule

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

5 p.m. Party for Seniors of the College and their guests, until 7 p.m., at the McGriff Alumni House.(Rain location: Convocation Hall.) Hosted by the Associated Alumni.

THURSDAY, MAY 10

8 a.m. Rotary meeting with guest speaker Emily Senefeld, “VISTA-Grundy Save Communities Coalition,” Sewanee Inn.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

10 a.m.–noon The Psychology Department and Club welcomes its graduating seniors and their families to a reception in Spencer Commons.

FRIDAY, MAY 11

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

10:30 a.m.–noon The Office of Global Citizenship will host a brunch for graduating international students and guests at the Social Lodge by invitation.

noon The Red Ribbon Society will meet at the home of Claire and John Reishman, 102 Curlicue Rd.

1–3 p.m. The Friends of the Library will host a sale of prints and notecards of watercolors painted in honor of the 50th Anniversary of duPont Library, on the porch of the Library.

1:30 p.m. Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program: Senior Carey Fellows Honors Recognition reception at the Social Lodge.

2–3:30 p.m. Shapard Carillon Tower tours and open house. Please meet inside All Saints’ Chapel at the iron gate in the front of the nave. Carillonneurs will meet you there for a walking tour of the tower, which includes a view from the parapet 110 feet above the campus and an opportunity to play a few notes on the carillon.

2–3:30 p.m. Open house in Breslin Tower by the Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers, John Solomon, tower captain. Please go up the Breslin Tower stairs to the bell ringing room.

3 p.m. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, our neighboring co-ed Episcopal day and boarding school for students in grades 6–12, will offer campus tours and personalized information sessions for University of the South families and friends. Reserve your space by emailing admission@sasweb.org or calling 931.598.5651.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

8 a.m.–2 p.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

8–9 a.m. The Department of German will host a breakfast for its graduates and their families at the German House, 29 Louisiana Circle.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sewanee Spring Arts and Crafts May Fair, Shoup Park, in front of Elliott, Tuckaway, and Cleveland dorms on University Ave.

9:30 a.m. Degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Letters and graduates from the School of Theology form the Baccalaureate procession in front of Breslin Tower.

10 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, All Saints’ Chapel. The Baccalaureate address will be delivered by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Honorary degrees will be conferred on Barbara Joy Gloudon and David Lodge, C’79. The service will be shown on closed-circuit TV on the Quad and in Guerry Auditorium.

The Mildred and George Bentley Memorial Change Ringing Bells will play for the procession.

The Baccalaureate lunch (admission by prepaid ticket or tickets may be purchased at the door) will immediately follow the Baccalaureate Service until 1 p.m., McClurg Dining Hall.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Class rings at the Sewanee Bookstore. Visit the Balfour representative at the bookstore to place orders for Sewanee class rings.

11:20 a.m. Legacy Photo for students with alumni parents, siblings, and grandparents. Please arrive promptly. Guerry Garth (Rain location: All Saints’ Chapel, nave altar)

11:30 a.m. Phi Beta Kappa initiation for members, initiates, and their guests in Convocation Hall will follow the Baccalaureate Service.

12:30 p.m. Posse graduation celebration at St. Luke’s Chapel. Reception immediately following at McGriff Alumni House.

1–3 p.m.          The Friends of the Library will host a sale of prints and notecards of watercolors of duPont Library painted in honor of the 50th Anniversary of duPont Library, on the porch of the Library.

1–3 p.m. The University Art Gallery will host a reception to celebrate the graduating senior art majors exhibition, A Tear in the Veil, and the close of the gallery 2017–2018 exhibition season.

2–3:30 p.m. Shapard Carillon Tower Tours and Open House. Please meet inside All Saints’ Chapel at the iron gate in the front of the Nave. Carillonneurs will meet you there for a walking tour of the tower, which includes a view from the parapet 110 feet above the campus and an opportunity to play a few notes on the carillon.

2–3:30 p.m. Open House in Breslin Tower by the Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers, John Solomon, tower captain. Please go up the Breslin Tower stairs to the bell-ringing room.

2–4 p.m. “Celebrating the Class of 2018” Wine and Cheese reception at Chen Hall with Vice-Chancellor John and Bonnie McCardell. Please join the Vice-Chancellor and his wife for this reception at their home, 607 University Ave.

2:30–4:30 p.m. The Department of Chemistry will host a reception for all senior chemistry and biochemistry majors and minors and their families at the home of Prof. Robert and Jennifer Bachman, 36 Wiggins Creek Dr.

3 p.m. The Department of Politicswelcomes its graduating senior majors and their families to a reception honoring the graduates. Departmental awards will also be announced at 4 p.m., University Archives, next to duPont Library.

3–4:30 p.m. Adelante graduation ceremony in Convocation Hall. Reception immediately following in Guerry Garth.

3–4:30 p.m. The Department of Russian will have a reception for Russian majors and minors and their families at the home of Prof. Elizabeth Skomp, 300 South Carolina Ave.

7:30 p.m. AA Meeting at Otey Parish Hall (behind Otey Church, across the street from Sewanee Elementary School). Open discussion. All are welcome.

SUNDAY, MAY 13

7–9 a.m. The Department of Physics will host a breakfast reception to honor its graduates and families, at the home of Prof. Randy Peterson, 109 Curlicue Rd.

7–9 a.m. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host a breakfast for graduates at the home of Joel and Trudy Cunningham, 99 Oklahoma Avenue.

7:30–9:30 a.m. Breakfast for the families of graduates in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at the home of Prof. Bran Potter, 341 Kentucky Ave. Parking available in the Cravens Hall parking lot.

7:30 a.m. The Department of Theatre and Dance invites graduating theatre and dance majors and minors and their families to a breakfast at the home of Prof. and Mrs. Daniel Backlund, 91 Running Knob Hollow Rd.

7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, St. Luke’s Chapel.

8–10 a.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here.

9 a.m. Degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Letters check in at All Saints’ entering through War Memorial door.

10 a.m. Convocation for conferring of degrees, All Saints’ Chapel and presentation of diplomas on the Quadrangle. Graduates seated in the chapel, guests seated on the Quadrangle. Seating on the Quadrangle opens at 8 a.m. for guests. The Mildred and George Bentley Memorial Change Ringing Bells will play for the procession.

Convocation will be shown on closed-circuit TV on the Quad and Guerry Auditorium. Extreme weather locations for service: Guerry Auditorium, McClurg Dining Hall, Blackman Auditorium, and Gailor Auditorium.

Commencement luncheon honoring the Class of 2018 graduates, their guests, families, and University faculty, immediately following the convocation, in Burwell Gardens.

Rain location for luncheon: McClurg Dining Hall.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Class rings at the Sewanee Bookstore. Visit the Balfour representative at the bookstore to place orders for Sewanee class rings.

1 p.m. Class photo and luncheon reception for School of Letters graduates and their guests at the McGriff Alumni House.

COMMENCEMENT DESK

The University Commencement desk is located inside the McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. The desk is open on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. Information and tickets for the Baccalaureate lunch and for the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Service can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

TICKETS

Each graduate receives two guest tickets for the priority seating area on the Quad for the Commencement service. Tickets are not required for general admission seating on the Quad.

Tickets purchased in advance for the Baccalaureate lunch on Saturday, May 12, and the Commencement lunch on Sunday, May 13, may be picked up during the day on Thursday through Sunday morning at the University Commencement Desk at the McGriff Alumni House.

Tickets are not needed for the Baccalaureate Service.

LOST AND FOUND

The Commencement desk will be the Lost and Found Center. If something is found, please bring it to the Commencement desk. If you lose something, please report it to the staff at the Commencement desk or call 888.867.6884.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

The Robert D. Fowler Center will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from
6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Inquire at the desk for hours for the swimming pool. The Course at Sewanee (golf course) will accept tee times at 931.598.1104.

duPONT LIBRARY

The Library will be open Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to
4 p.m.

The Friends of the Library will host a sale of prints and notecards of watercolors painted in honor of the 50th Anniversary of duPont Library on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. on the porch of the Library.

THE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon to 3 p.m., with a Baccalaureate reception for senior art majors’ exhibition A Tear in the Veil and the close of the gallery 2017–2018 exhibition season. On exhibition are the works of graduating art majors.

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES 

University Archives hours are Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.

ALL SAINTS’ CHAPEL

All worship services are open to the public. The Chapel is always available for private prayer and meditation. Directories for self-guided tours are available in the narthex or in the Chaplain’s Office.

OTHER INFORMATION

For guests in need of special arrangements for access to All Saints’ Chapel, please call Heather Brewer in the Alumni and Parent Programs Office, 931.598.1633.

For more information about Commencement and late notice updates, please telephone the Alumni Office, 888.867.6884 or 931.598.1633, or go to
sewanee.edu/parents/commencement.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Commencement Weekend, the Leonidas Polk Carillon will be played by Ray Gotko, carillonneur.

LOCAL EATERIES

Blue Chair Bakery and Coffee Shop and Tavern 931.598.5434,41 University Ave. Mon.–Thurs.,
lunch 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri.–Sun. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cup and Gown (in duPont Library) Closes May 9.

The Golf Lodge
931.598.1104, Tuesday–Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

IvyWild Sewanee
931.598.9000, 36 Ball Park Rd., Thurs.–Sun. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pearl’s Foggy Mountain Café
931.598.5770, 15344 Sewanee Hwy., Tues.–Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sewanee Inn
931.598.3568, Mon.–Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to midnight.

Shenanigans
931.598.5774, 12595 Sollace M. Freeman Hwy.,
Sun.–Wed., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Stirling’s Coffee House
931.598.1885, 241 Georgia Ave., Mon.–Wed., 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Thurs.–Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, Sat. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. to midnight.