Commencement 2018 Schedule

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Friday, May 4

Lavender Graduation, Lakeside Hall, 2nd Floor, 5 – 7 p.m.
A special recognition ceremony for graduating LGBTQIA students.

Tuesday, May 8

Last Day of Classes

Wednesday, May 9

Reading Day, Evening examinations begin

Thursday, May 10 – Tuesday, May 15


Wednesday, May 16

Senior Picnic, Under the Oaks, Noon
The Office of Alumni Engagement will host a farewell picnic for all graduating members of the senior class and Elon faculty and staff. (Rain location: Lakeside Hall)

Senior Gala, McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 8 – 11 p.m.
A senior celebration finale before the weekend festivities begin. Admission is free for graduating students. Guest tickets are $10. Semi-formal attire requested.

Thursday, May 17

Donning of the Kente Ceremony & Reception, McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center,
6 – 9 p.m.
Invitations will be sent to graduates and families by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Parking is available in the McMichael parking lot. For information, call (336) 278-7448

Master of Arts in Interactive Media Commencement, Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Reception to follow at Steers Pavilion for graduates, families and guests.

Friday, May 18

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Holt Chapel, South Campus, 11 a.m.
Reception to follow at Harden Clubhouse for commissioned officers, family and guests.

Receptions for Graduates and their families, hosted by faculty of Elon College and the schools of Business, Communications and Education, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Locations for receptions:

  • Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences – Lindner Hall Patio
    (Rain location: First Floor, Lindner Hall)
  • Love School of Business – Chandler Fountain and Plaza
    (Rain location: First Floor, Koury Business Center)
  • School of Communications – Snow Family Grand Atrium, Schar Hall
  • School of Education –  Mooney Building Patio and Lawn
    (Rain location: First Floor, Mooney)

Baccalaureate, Alumni Gym, Koury Center, 3 p.m.
Graduates are invited to sit with their families for Baccalaureate.

Celebration of Leaders of the Twenty-First Century, Great Hall, Global Neighborhood,
5 p.m.
Graduating Business Fellows, Communications Fellows, Elon College Fellows, Honors Fellows, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Lumen Scholars, Teaching Fellows and Periclean Scholars will be recognized at a ceremony that highlights their talents and accomplishments. A reception will follow.

Legacy Reception for Graduates and their Alumni Parents, Grandparents and Siblings, Lakeside Hall, 2nd Floor, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
If a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle or cousin of a graduate is an Elon alum, an invitation will be mailed by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Parking is available in the McMichael parking lot. If you have questions, please call (877) 784-3566.

Reception for International Graduates and their Families, Global Education Center, Room 301, 5:30 p.m.

Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management Commencement, Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Reception to follow at Steers Pavilion for graduates, families and guests.

Saturday, May 19

Continental BreakfastMacMahon Terrace, Inman Admissions Welcome Center, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Faculty and the Office of Alumni Engagement host families and guests at a continental breakfast. Breakfast promptly ends at 8:45 a.m. (Rain locations: Center for the Arts, Great Hall in Global Commons and Moseley Center)

Candidate Check-in and AssemblyAlumni Gym, Koury Center, 7:45 a.m.
Candidates will check in under the Colonnades facing Williamson Avenue and will be seated in Alumni Gym for final messages before the Commencement ceremony. Please be prompt and arrive at 7:45 a.m., properly attired in the maroon bachelor’s robe and cap. At 8:30 a.m., important announcements will be made before final preparations for the academic processional to Scott Plaza.

If it rains and the ceremony is inside, graduates should check in at Campus Recreation in Koury Athletic Center and line up in Jordan Gym. For the morning ceremony, graduates should check in at 7:45 a.m. For the afternoon ceremony, graduates should check in at 11:45 a.m. 

128th Commencement Exercises, Scott Plaza/Young Commons, Processional begins at 9:15 a.m.

Rain location for Commencement is Alumni Gymnasium in Koury Center. Tickets are required for the rain plan.

Reception for Graduates, Inman Admissions Welcome Center lawn. Graduates and their families can meet at a reception hosted by academic departments and the Office of Alumni Engagement. Lemonade will be served. If the rain plan is in effect, the reception will be canceled.

Sunday, May 20

Graduation Mass, Numen Lumen Pavilion, Academic Village, 10:30 a.m.

Catholic Campus Ministry offers a Mass for any graduates and their families and guests who are on campus Sunday morning.