Commencement Schedule

Friday - May 18, 2018

 Commencement Weekend Schedule - Friday

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dining Hours
Slayter Union

4 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Dining Hours
Slayter Coffee Station

4 - 5 p.m. and
7 - 8 p.m.

Baccalaureate Celebration
Swasey Chapel

Baccalaureate is a multi-religious gathering for graduates and their guests. It celebrates the pluralistic community that comprises our college today, including its Protestant Christian roots. The 4 and 7 p.m. services are identical. Traditionally, Swasey Chapel is nearly filled for both one-hour programs, and seating is limited and unreserved. Graduates, their families, and guests may choose to attend either of the identical Baccalaureate programs.

8 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Senior Soirée for Graduates and Family Members
Reese~Shackelford Common

Held on the eve of Commencement, this event is a time for seniors to come together with parents and other assembled family members under the tent on Reese~Shackelford Common to celebrate their four years together and their transition into the Society of the Alumni. Live music, dancing, food, and fun are featured in an informal and festive atmosphere as seniors gather to enjoy their last night as undergrads!

Please note: There's no need to make off-campus dinner reservations! Food trucks, a cash bar, and special-needs transportation are available. In addition, coffee and desserts are offered for purchase in the Slayter Hall snack bar area. Food trucks include Pitabilities, Mai Chau, and Moe's Original Bar B Que.

Senior SoirĂ©e Highlight

  • 10:30 p.m.: A toast by President Weinberg and Class Co-Governors, and an official welcome to the Society of the Alumni

Saturday - May 19, 2018

Beginning at 9 a.m., shuttles to the Mitchell Center will run continuously throughout the campus, stopping at campus parking lots. Shuttles also will run after Commencement, transporting guests back to their vehicles.


Commencement Weekend Schedule - Saturday

7:30 - 11 a.m.

Dining Hours
Slayter Union, breakfast service

9 a.m. through the conclusion of Commencement

Dining Hours
D fuse in the Mitchell Center (light snacks available for purchase)

10 - 11 a.m.

The Faculty Coffee
Please note the change of location: Because of a forecast for rain, the Faculty Coffee is being held in the Mitchell Center Rec Gym.

One of the most treasured of our Commencement traditions is this opportunity for graduates to introduce their families to their professors. Look for faculty members at designated locations for academic departments and programs from 10 to 11 a.m, prior to the Commencement ceremony. Graduates and their families are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a farewell visit with the scholars and mentors who have been central to their Denison education. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.

12:30 - 3 p.m.

Commencement Exercises
Mitchell Center

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