Students / Graduation

2018 Commencement Services at the University of the South

May 12, 2018
10 am, Baccalaureate Service

May 13, 2018
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:

The Baccalaureate service will take place in All Saints’ Chapel on Saturday, May 12.  Graduates process in and a speaker (to be announced later) addresses the graduates during this service. There are no tickets required for this service and seats are offered on a first come, first served basis, until the chapel is filled to capacity.  Nearby Guerry Auditorium will be available for overflow seating or for those who prefer to watch the service there.  It will be live-streamed and shown on a large theater screen. Graduates will line up at 9:30 am near Breslin Tower to process.

The Commencement service will be held on Sunday, May 13 and will also take place in All Saints’ Chapel followed by the Conferring of Degrees outside in the Quad.  Graduates and members of the faculty will process in to the chapel, while ALL other guests will gather in the Celebration Tent on the Quad.  No guests will be permitted in to All Saints’ chapel during the service.  Guests will be seated in the Quad and will watch the service on jumbo monitors.  The conferring of degrees will follow the service and graduates and faculty members will move outside for that part of the service.

Both services begin at 10 a.m., and access to seats will open beginning at 9 a.m. Graduates will line up beginning at 9:30 am at a location to be announced la

NEW this year

For many of you, this is your first Sewanee Commencement.  Others may have had another student graduate or may have attended a previous Commencement on the Mountain.  Regardless, we want to make the experience as wonderful as possible. 

This year, there are over 400 students graduating in May. The faculty participating in the service will add another 100 people.  All Saints’ Chapel only holds 650 people before adding additional chairs.  With the larger graduating class, we can no longer accommodate guests inside All Saints’ Chapel. 

The commencement service will remain the same for the graduates – they will line up, process in to All Saints’ behind the faculty and participate in the service.  For the conferring of the degrees, the graduates will leave the chapel and receive their diploma outside in the Celebration tent on the Quad, where guests will be seated. 

The seats under the tent will be divided into two sections - priority seating and general admission.  Each graduate will receive two tickets for the priority seating for guests.  Tickets will not be required for the general admission seating.

Alternate Viewing Sites for Commencement Service

There will be enough space for you and your guests to attend the Commencement service under the Celebration Tent on the Quad.  For those who prefer NOT to sit in the quad area, there will be another option for those guests.  Guerry Auditorium will be available for additional seating. This venue provides excellent visibility via closed circuit television projected on a jumbo screen monitor. No tickets are needed for this venue.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the mountain.