Commencement 2019

In the spring, you will receive communications regarding tickets to the Baccalaureate Service, RSVP options for meals, and the full weekend schedule.

Dress Code for Seniors:

Girls: White dress within the school’s dress code, dress shoes which will allow seniors to walk in grass.

Boys: Blue button down dress shirt, navy blue blazer, white dress pants, senior tie, socks, belt and dress shoes.

We encourage you to make your hotel arrangements early. Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time for Asheville.

Hotel Info


Friday, May 24

6 p.m.

for seniors, and 2 guests.
Boyd Chapel

Baccalaureate Overflow
all additional guests are welcome to view a stream of the service in
Graham Theater.

7 p.m.

for all seniors and guests
Sharp Dining Hall (Classroom Dress)

Saturday, May 25

9 a.m.

Class Photo
Seniors meet on the front porch steps of Lawrence Hall.

10 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony
for all
Boyd Chapel Lawn (Class attire except for seniors)
Rain location: Rodgers Athletic Center

12 p.m.

Senior Luncheon Reception
for families and guests
Sharp Dining Hall

5 p.m.

Campus Closed

Commencement activities will take place on May 24 - 25, 2019.

  • Exam Week Schedule: All students will take exams from May 20 – May 24. Seniors do not have to move out of their rooms before Saturday; however, seniors may move out of the dorm to stay with their parents after their last exam. Seniors will not be allowed to sleep off campus unless all their belongings are moved out of the dorm, the room is cleaned, and a Hall Parent has signed them out. Once a senior has moved off campus, the student is not allowed back on dorm. All seniors must move out of the dorms completely by 6 p.m. on Saturday. Only international students with early flights on Sunday may remain overnight on Saturday, May 25.
  • Thursday: All seniors must attend the Athletic Banquet Dinner on Thursday, May 23, which is required of all students. Any senior who has moved off campus prior to Thursday night will have to return to campus for the banquet in classroom dress.
  • Friday: On May 24, Seniors will attend Baccalaureate Service and Dinner. Limited seating for families will be available; we will communicate with you about tickets, seating, and specific event timing in the spring. Note that exams also take place on Friday.
  • Saturday: All seniors must be at the Lawrence Hall steps at 9:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday for the class picture. It is Memorial Day Weekend, so please anticipate extra traffic that morning and please be on time. Following the photo, seniors will line-up at the gym. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. on the Chapel Lawn. Buffet Lunch is planned for all guests following the ceremony.
  • Saturday After Commencement: Dorm faculty will be present to support the final moving out process. We take great pride in our facilities and in teaching students to care for them properly. When they leave for the summer, we are hopeful that their rooms will meet these basic standards: all school furniture present; room otherwise empty; floor, bureau and desk clean; and all trash taken to the dumpster. Any support you could add to this process as your child is moving out is greatly appreciated. Dorms should be empty of belongings and reasonably clean by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.