Denison University’s 182nd Commencement celebrates the achievements of the Class of 2023 on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
To order class rings/graduation announcements, visit the Jostens website.
There are no limits to the number of guests you can invite.
No. No tickets are required to attend Denison’s 2024 Commencement.
A special needs parking area will be reserved at the Mitchell Center and in the parking garage, which is equipped with an elevator. Golf cart shuttles will run all day to assist guests from parking areas to the Commencement site. Check in with parking monitors, ushers, or staff for assistance. If you have specific concerns about special-needs guests, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ceremony with closed captions will be available both during the event on a large screen and on the subsequent video that will be posted to the Denison website and YouTube channel.
There is no dress code for the weekend, however, we offer suggestions that may be helpful.
On Friday, you and your student will likely be walking around campus and in Granville. We suggest you dress comfortably and for the weather.
Baccalaureate Services held in Swasey Chapel: Students and families often dress as they might for a house of worship; however, many students and families are coming from other activities and are more casually dressed.
Senior Soiree: Students and families are celebrating in a broad range of attire; many are coming straight from the 6:30 p.m. Baccalaureate, others from athletic team events, honorary society dinners, and sightseeing/shopping in Granville. Dress comfortably and enjoy this special night!
Commencement Ceremony: Mitchell Center may be warm — please dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather, and keep the many photos you’ll be taking with your graduate in mind!
6 p.m. Move-Out: You may want to bring a change of clothes and shoes with you if you will be assisting your student in moving out of their residence halls.
All graduating students must depart housing and return keys by 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
We recommend students pack their belongings in advance so that Commencement Day and its festivities can be enjoyed fully! Dumpsters and donation pods will be available near senior communities to make the process fast and easy.
What's happening on Friday?
Denison’s Baccalaureate service is a celebration that provides graduating seniors an opportunity to reflect with gratitude for the educational experience they’ve received and for all those who supported them along the way. Baccalaureate also serves as a blessing of the senior class members as they leave The Hill and go forth into postgraduate life.
The two services are identical. They are offered as a convenience in consideration of families’ differing schedules during Commencement Weekend.
The Senior Soirée is a social celebration with food trucks, a bar, and dancing for seniors and their guests. Families are encouraged to attend!
By invitation only.
The Phi Beta Kappa induction and reception on Friday evening honors the members of the Denison Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest national honorary society.
Denison University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Theta of Ohio) was founded over a century ago, in 1910, to recognize excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Election to Phi Beta Kappa takes place during the second semester of the senior year and is based primarily on a record of outstanding academic achievement. Seniors are inducted based upon their GPA by the end of the fall of their senior year and will be no more than ten percent of the graduating class. A few juniors with truly exceptional academic records are inducted as well.
About the ceremony
Yes, professional photographers will be present to take photographs of graduates as they cross the stage. These photographs will be available for purchase after Commencement. Additional photos will be posted on our Flickr site and may be downloaded free of charge.
Emergency medical services will be located next to Doane Hall for the duration of the ceremony.
Breakfast and coffee will be available for students and parents during the Faculty Coffee in Lamson Lodge. Mitchell Snack Bar and Slayter Hall will be open and will have beverage and snack items for purchase.
Authorized service animals are welcome at Commencement. Family pets are safest in your lodgings or home during the event.
We will record the Commencement Ceremonies and place the video on this website within 48 hours after the ceremonies are concluded.