Schedule of Events

Students tossing their caps at commencement

President’s Senior Class Reception

Tuesday, May 18, 5 - 7 pm
Location: Slayter Tent

Senior Sizzle

Wednesday, May 19, 7 - 10 pm
Location: The Moonies

Bucket List

Thursday, May 20, 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Various Locations

Senior BBQ

Thursday, May 20, 6 - 9 pm
Location: Slayter Tent

Senior Brunch

Friday, May 21, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Curtis Dining Hall

Virtual Baccalaureate

Friday, May 21, 4 p.m.

Denison’s Baccalaureate is a non-denominational service that helps to provide graduating students a moment to find spiritual meaning to both their accomplishments and their profound shift to postgraduate life. Historically, the service occurs the evening prior to Commencement. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the service will be prerecorded and made available for viewing at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 21.

Senior Soirée

Friday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Location: Silverstein Parking Lot

Denison’s annual tradition of good music and celebration for seniors and their family members. To comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, we’ll have food-truck dining along with beverages, all available for purchase, and we encourage families to enjoy time together outdoors. The Soirée is the ideal place for your entire family to celebrate this special occasion.

Faculty Coffee

Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.
Location: Reese~Shackelford Common

Seniors, families, and members of the faculty gather for coffee and conversation.

Seniors Assemble for Line-Up

Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m.
Location: The lawn next to Swasey Chapel


Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Denison University’s 180th Commencement exercises celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021. The in-person event will include a virtual keynote by author, and nationally recognized theologian The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas ’79; remarks by Denison President Adam Weinberg and a member of the Class of 2021; and more. Commencement will take place on the Academic Quad and also will be livestreamed for home viewers.

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