Baccalaureate Service, Commencement Service and Conferring of Degrees:
The Baccalaureate service will take place in All Saints’ Chapel on Saturday, May 12. Graduates process in and a speaker (to be announced later) addresses the graduates during this service. There are no tickets required for this service and seats are offered on a first come, first served basis, until the chapel is filled to capacity. Nearby Guerry Auditorium will be available for overflow seating or for those who prefer to watch the service there. It will be live-streamed and shown on a large theater screen.
The Commencement service will be held on Sunday, May 13 and will also take place in All Saints’ Chapel followed by the Conferring of Degrees outside in the Quad. Graduates and members of the faculty will process in to the chapel, while ALL other guests will gather on the Quad. No guests will be permitted in to All Saints’ chapel during the service. Guests will be seated in the Quad and will watch the service on jumbo monitors. The conferring of degrees will follow the service and graduates and faculty members will move outside for that part of the service.
Both services begin at 10 a.m., and access to seats will open beginning at 9 a.m.
NEW this year
For many of you, this is your first Sewanee Commencement. Others may have had another student graduate or may have attended a previous Commencement on the Mountain. Regardless, we want to make the experience as wonderful as possible.
This year, there are over 400 students graduating in May. The faculty participating in the service will add another 100 people. All Saints’ Chapel only holds 650 people before adding additional chairs. With the larger graduating class, we can no longer accommodate guests inside All Saints’ chapel.
The commencement service will remain the same for the graduates – they will line up, process in to All Saints’ behind the faculty and participate in the service. For the conferring of the degrees, the graduates will leave the chapel and receive their diploma outside on the Quad, (where guests will be seated).
The seats on the Quad will be divided into two sections - priority seating and general admission. Each graduate will receive two tickets for the priority seating for guests. Tickets will not be required for the general admission seating.
Baccalaureate Brunch and Commencement Luncheon Tickets
Tickets may be purchased in advance for the brunch or the luncheon, and will be available for sale later in the spring. Families of graduates will receive letters to let them know when ticket purchases are available. Baccalaureate brunch tickets will be $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Graduates will need to be included in the Baccalaureate brunch ticket request purchase. Each graduate will be provided three (3) complimentary Commencement luncheon tickets, one for the graduate and two guests. Additional Commencement luncheon tickets are $10 each. To order these, go to www.sewaneegateway.com/commtix. The deadline for ordering tickets online is Monday, May 7th. Please note additional tickets will be available at the Commencement Desk.
All tickets may be picked up at the Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House during the day on Thursday and Friday, May 10 and 11, and during the morning on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.