The University of the South's 2020-21 academic year comes to a close May 20-22 with the College's graduation weekend on the Mountain.
Commencement will be held Saturday, May 22, for students from the College of Arts and Sciences. The Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. Due to limits on gathering sizes in All Saints' Chapel, there will not be a Baccalaureate service this year.
Commencement for the School of Theology was held Sunday, May 16. Graduates from the School of Letters will receive their degrees in May 2021; their actual Commencement service and celebration will be moved to summer 2022.
The University of the South in-person College Commencement service for its Class of 2021 will be held outdoors on Hardee-McGee Field, and a limited number of guests will attend the ceremony for approximately 375 graduates. Retired Admiral James Stavridis will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and will give a commencement address during the ceremony. Adm. Stavridis will sign copies of his New York Times bestselling novel 2034: A Novel of the Next World War from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the University Bookstore.
Events leading up to the Commencement ceremony itself include Phi Beta Kappa initiation for members, initiates, and their guests; departmental receptions and pre-Commencement breakfasts; tours and open houses in Breslin Tower and Shapard Tower, as well as carillon recitals; and a commencement celebration for College graduates and their guests with live music and fireworks.