Commencement 2015

Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, May 22, 3 p.m. 
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center at Elon University
The Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel at Duke University, was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served at churches in Switzerland, Canada and the United States. Powery also serves as secretary of the Academy of Homiletics and is a member of both the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. A member of the executive lectionary team for The African American Lectionary, an online ecumenical project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Powery is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards from organizations. In recognition for his work, Powery was named one of “20 to Watch” by the African American Pulpit in 2008, a distinction given to 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are shaping the future direction of the church.
Dean’s Reception
Friday, May 22, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Elon University School of Law

Graduating students and their families will be honored at a special reception by Dean Luke Bierman, along with the faculty and staff of Elon University School of Law. Families are invited to attend.
Graduate Assembly
Saturday, May 23, 5 p.m.
Jordan Gym, Koury Athletic Center at Elon University

Graduates must be in caps and gowns in Jordan Gym promptly at 5 p.m.
Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 23, 6 p.m.
Under the Oaks at Elon University

Family and friends should be seated by 5:45 p.m. The Commencement processional will begin the formal ceremony. Tickets are not required to attend. The Commencement speaker will be announced in March. 
Reception for Graduates

Saturday, May 23, following Commencement Exercises
Fonville Fountain at Elon University

Graduates, families and guests are invited to a reception around Fonville Fountain immediately following Commencement.

Weekend Details

Under the Oaks
Commencement is staged at an area called "Under the Oaks" at Elon University. Special needs seating is located audience left. Family pets are discouraged. 

Photography during Commencement 
Professional photographers will capture images of each graduate during the hooding and awarding of degrees. Photo proofs will be available online through Lifetouch a few days after the ceremony. Visit for information.

Commencement Exercises will be broadcast to the McEwen Communications Building. Families and guests are encouraged to meet their graduates at the post commencement reception at Fonville Fountain.

Purchasing a DVD
Elon University will produce DVDs of the undergraduate and School of Law Commencement exercises, including awarding of degrees. Staff at the DVD sales tables will provide sales information and accept orders.

Rain plan
Elon University will make every attempt to hold the law school's Commencement exercises Under the Oaks on Saturday, May 23 at 6 p.m. If the weather forecast for Saturday predicts rain, Commencement exercises will be moved to Alumni Gym in Koury Athletic Center. In addition, the reception following commencement will also be indoors at the Koury Athletic Center.

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