Class of 2023 Commencement Exercises

The date for the 133rd Commencement Exercises is Friday, May 19, 2023. Two ceremonies for the undergraduate Class of 2023 will take place in Schar Center (542 N. Williamson Ave., Elon, N.C.).

  • 9 a.m. — Diploma ceremony for Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education
  • 3 p.m. — Diploma ceremony for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the School of Communications

Commencement Schedule

Events and dates are subject to change.


Friday, April 28

Lavender Graduation

A special recognition ceremony for graduating LGBTQIA students.


Tuesday, May 9

Last Day of Classes


Wednesday, May 10

Reading Day

Evening examinations begin


Thursday-Tuesday, May 11-16

Examinations


Tuesday, May 16

Numen Lumen: Senior Baccalaureate Reflection

The Class of 2023 will celebrate the end of final exams and the launch of Commencement Week by gathering for a special ceremony featuring new and old traditions where many Elon journeys began, Under the Oaks.


Wednesday, May 17

Graduate-Level Commencement

Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7 p.m.

The Master of Arts in Higher Education, Master of Arts in Interactive Media, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Business Analytics candidates will receive their diplomas during a joint graduate program ceremony.

Senior Celebration

Rhodes Stadium

An evening of sweet goodbyes for the members of the Class of 2023.


Thursday, May 18

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Cadets will take their oath of office and be commissioned into the U.S. Army.

¡Celebremos!: Graduates Take Flight

A stole ceremony dedicated to celebrating the efforts and successes of the Latinx/Hispanic graduates.

Dean’s Receptions

Hosted by faculty from the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education; Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and School of Communications. An opportunity for candidates and their guests to spend time with faculty and staff from their areas of study.

Legacy Reception

Reception and pinning ceremony honoring legacy graduates in the Class of 2023 and their families. Legacy graduates have relatives who are Elon alumni.

Donning of the Kente Ceremony

A rich cultural ceremony involving Kente cloth stoles imported from West Africa and celebrating the achievements of students who recognize their African roots.


Friday, May 19

The 133rd Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

Schar Center (542 N. Williamson Ave.)

  • 9 a.m. — Diploma ceremony for Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education
  • 3 p.m. — Diploma ceremony for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the School of Communications