Students / Graduation

2019 Commencement Services at the University of the South

May 11, 2019
10 am, Baccalaureate Service

May 12, 2019
10 am, Commencement


We look forward to sharing this beautiful weekend with you, your classmates, and your families - and to celebrating your great success! Congratulations! You will receive detailed information by email, but please take a look at the general information posted below.

Please check with interim director John Gatta if you have any questions about your academic requirements for graduation. 

If you and your family are planning to stay in Sewanee, you should book a hotel/house now. There is a list at You may also find accommodation rentals on the Alumni page


Baccalaureate Service, Commencement Service and Conferring of Degrees:

DETAILED SCHEDULE, posted (1/19)

You will need to pick up your gown at the Commencement Desk before the services. Detailed information will be emailed to you about picking up your gown and tickets.



Your best bet for parking may be at Gailor.

9:15 am Lineup, Breslin Tower (Optional but if you are in town please attend. Rehearsal follows.) Gowns are worn for Baccalaureate, which means you’ll need to pick them up beforehand at the Commencement Desk at McGriff Alumni House. Line up at Breslin Tower to enter All Saints’ Chapel for the Baccalaureate Service. Breslin is the building with the bell tower that, from University Avenue with All Saints in front, would be on the left side of the Quad. You will see a line with School of Letters towards the front, after faculty but ahead of college students.

10:00 am Baccalaureate Service, All Saints’ Chapel.

Tickets are not needed for this service, but your guests may wish to arrive around 9:00 am to get good seats. This service will include a Baccalaureate Address from one of our Honorary Degree Recipients.

You will process behind faculty and in front of undergraduate students. Chairs are marked for us in the very front row.

No backpacks or large purses are allowed inside All Saints' Chapel.

Additional seating for family members and guests will be provided in the quadrangle.  In addition, Guerry Auditorium will be available for overflow seating and provides plenty of comfortable theater style seating with excellent viewing on oversized screen.  Tickets are not required for this venue.

Rehearsal: Immediately following the service, there will be a rehearsal. It is very helpful, so if you can be in Sewanee on Saturday, please make plans to attend. Meet OUTSIDE THE CHAPEL ON THE QUAD near the stage. Look for me or Professor Macfie.

There is a Baccalaureate Brunch in McClurg if you wish to eat lunch there after rehearsal. You may purchase tickets at the door.




Again, best bet for parking will be at Gailor. Degrees and academic hoods are conferred at this service. You will receive your degree in alphabetical order, by degree. Students in absentia will not be called.

10:00 am Commencement Service, All Saints’ Chapel and Quad

9:15 am Arrival The graduates will need to arrive to All Saints’ Chapel by 9:15 am and enter through the War Memorial Chapel door (McClurg side) to receive seating assignments. Only graduates will be allowed in All Saints’ Chapel. All other guests will be seating in the quadrangle or in overflow seating in Guerry Auditorium.

Each graduate of the University receives two (2) guest tickets for priority seating in the quadrangle outside of All Saints’ Chapel. Tickets will not be required for the general admission seating in the quadrangle (only the priority seating) and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate can have.

During the Commencement Service, guests will watch and hear a portion of the service on jumbo monitors from their seats in the quadrangle and be able to watch the conferring of degrees portion take place outside All Saints’ Chapel in the quadrangle.

Additional seating for family members and guests will be provided at Guerry Auditorium. This venue provides plenty of comfortable theater style seating with excellent viewing on oversized screen. Tickets are not required for these venues.


Specific instructions for School of Letters graduates for the

Commencement Service, Degree Conferral and Academic Hooding

will be sent by email to students.


Friends and family at home can watch a Livestream of the services here:


1:00 pm Lunch and Reception, McGriff Alumni House, Georgia Avenue

We would like to invite you and your guests to join us at 1 pm at McGriff Alumni House for pictures and a buffet lunch, catered by Natural Bridge. Please feel free to arrive earlier and eat, but plan to stay past 1:15 pm for a picture and a toast. McGriff Alumni House can be found on Georgia Avenue on this map:

There is an undergraduate box lunch at the same time. PLEASE NOTE: You are not attending this lunch and do not need to buy tickets. Please head on over to the Alumni House instead for our luncheon.


Please remember to return any borrowed gowns or hoods

at the reception after pictures.


 Special Needs: For those with special needs such as a wheelchair, walker or acute medical conditions, special seating can be arranged for both the baccalaureate and commencement services.  Please email Heather Brewer ( in the alumni office or call her at 931-598- 1633.

Photography during Commencement:  A professional photographer has been contracted to take pictures of each senior as Vice-Chancellor McCardell presents the diploma.  After Commencement, you will receive information by email about the pictures and how to view and order them.

We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the mountain.