COMMENCEMENT 2022 

The 2022 Commencement Weekend has been scheduled for May 5-8, 2022. The Commencement service will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2022, in All Saints' Chapel with the Conferring of Degrees in the Quad. 
Commencement Preliminary Schedule - check back as new events are added

THURSDAY, MAY 5

8 a.m. Rotary Club meeting, location La Bella Pearl’s. Earn your makeup meeting at the local club.

noon–5 p.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

FRIDAY, MAY 6

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

11 a.m. Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program reception. Senior Carey Fellows Honors Recognition reception at the Social Lodge.

2–3 p.m. Open House in Breslin Tower by the Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers, John Solomon, tower captain. Please go up the Breslin Tower stairs to the bell-ringing room (inside Convocation Hall).

3 p.m. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, our neighboring co-ed Episcopal day and boarding school for students in grades 6–12, will offer campus tours and personalized information sessions for University of the South families and friends. Reserve your space by emailing admission@sasweb.org or calling 931.598.5651. Interested in summer camp on the Mountain? Email sassummer@sasweb.org for more information.

3–6 p.m. The Office of Global Citizenship will host an International Senior Send-Off reception for graduates and guests at the Social Lodge by invitation.

3:15–4:15 p.m. Shapard Tower Carillon tours and open house. Please meet inside All Saints’ Chapel at the iron gate in the front of the nave altar. Carillonneurs will meet you there for a walking tour of the tower, which includes a view from the parapet 110 feet above the campus and an opportunity to play a few notes on the carillon.

SATURDAY, MAY 7

8 a.m.–2 p.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sewanee Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, Shoup Park, in front of Elliott, Tuckaway, and Cleveland dorms on University Avenue.

9:30 a.m. Degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Letters and graduates from the School of Theology form the Baccalaureate procession in front of Breslin Tower.

10 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, All Saints’ Chapel. The Baccalaureate address will be delivered by the Rt. Rev. Glenda Curry. The service will be shown on closed-circuit TV on the Quad. 

The Mildred and George Bentley Memorial Change Ringing Bells will play for the procession.

The Baccalaureate lunch (admission by prepaid ticket or tickets may be purchased at the door) will immediately follow the Baccalaureate Service until 1 p.m., McClurg Hall.

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The University Art Gallery Senior Art Majors’ thesis exhibition, Anamnesis featuring Ned Adams, Josh Bryant, John Godbold, Emma Jewell, Olivier Mbabazi, Phoebe-Agnès Mills, Ellie Pedersen, Emilea Thrasher, and Megan Vlahoplus. University Art Gallery.

11:20 a.m. Legacy Photo for students with alumni parents, siblings, and grandparents. Please arrive promptly. Guerry Garth. (Rain location: All Saints’ Chapel, nave altar)

11:30 a.m. Phi Beta Kappa initiation for members, initiates, and their guests in Convocation Hall will follow the Baccalaureate Service.

12:30–2:30 p.m. The Department of Chemistry will host a reception for all senior chemistry and biochemistry majors and minors and their families at 215 Girault Jones Drive.

1 p.m. Posse graduation celebration in Guerry Auditorium. Reception immediately following at McGriff Alumni House. 

2–3 p.m. Open House in Breslin Tower by the Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers, John Solomon, tower captain. Please go up the Breslin Tower stairs to the bell-ringing room (inside Convocation Hall).

2–4 p.m. Celebrating the Class of 2022 Wine and cheese reception at Chen Hall with Acting Vice-Chancellor Nancy Berner and David Coe. Please join the Vice-Chancellor and her spouse for this reception at 607 University Ave.

3 p.m. The Department of Politics welcomes its graduating senior majors and their families to a reception honoring the graduates. Departmental awards will also be announced at 4 p.m., Social Lodge.

3:15–4:15 p.m. Shapard Carillon Tower tours and open house. Please meet inside All Saints’ Chapel at the iron gate in the front of the nave. Carillonneurs will meet you there for a walking tour of the tower, which includes a view from the parapet 110 feet above the campus and an opportunity to play a few notes on the carillon.

4–5:30 p.m. The Department of German and German Studies will host a reception for its graduates and their families at the German House, 29 Louisiana Circle.

4–7 p.m. Adelante graduation ceremony in Cravens Hall. Reception immediately following.

7:30 p.m. AA meeting at Otey Parish Hall (behind Otey Church, across the street from Sewanee Elementary School). Open discussion. All are welcome.

7 p.m. Commencement Party and Fireworks Celebration for seniors of the College and their guests, until 9 p.m., at the McGriff Alumni House. (Rain location: Convocation Hall.) Hosted by the Associated Alumni. Live music by Entice.

SUNDAY, MAY 8

7:30 a.m. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host a breakfast for graduates at the home of Catherine Cavagnaro, 482 Wiggins Creek Drive.

7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, St. Augustine’s Chapel.

7:30–9 a.m. Breakfast for the families of graduates in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems in the atrium of Snowden Hall.

8–10 a.m. Commencement desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Information, schedules, and tickets can be picked up here.

9 a.m. Degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences check-in at All Saints’ Chapel, entering through the War Memorial door (McClurg side).

10 a.m. Convocation for conferring of degrees, All Saints’ Chapel. Seating on the Quadrangle opens at 9 a.m. for guests. The Mildred and George Bentley Memorial Change Ringing Bells will play for the procession.

Convocation will be shown on closed-circuit TV on the Quad and in Guerry Auditorium.

Commencement luncheon honoring the Class of 2022 graduates, their guests, families, and University faculty, immediately following the convocation, in Burwell Gardens (behind McClurg Dining Hall).

Rain location for luncheon: McClurg Dining Hall.

COMMENCEMENT DESK

The University Commencement desk is located inside the McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Ave. The desk is open on Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. Information and tickets for the Baccalaureate lunch and for the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Service can be picked up here. All families are invited to stop by for refreshments and a moment of rest between activities. Call this your home base for the weekend. Hang out between events or just come relax during the day. 

TICKETS

Tickets are not needed for Commencement seating on the Quad or the Baccalaureate Service in All Saints’ Chapel. 

Each graduate automatically receives two guest tickets for the severe weather seating plan in Guerry Auditorium. The severe weather plan call will be made Sunday morning. Otherwise, seating is rain or shine on the Quad.

These tickets and tickets purchased in advance for the Baccalaureate lunch on Saturday, May 7, and the Commencement lunch on Sunday,
May 8, may be picked up Thursday through Sunday morning at the University Commencement Desk at the McGriff Alumni House.

LOST AND FOUND

The Sewanee Police Department will be the Lost and Found Center. If something is found, please bring it to the Police Department. If you lose something, please report it to the staff at the Sewanee Police, 931.598.1111 or email police@sewanee.edu.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

The Robert D. Fowler Center will be open Monday–Thursday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Inquire at the desk for hours for the swimming pool. The Course at Sewanee (golf course) will accept tee times at 931.598.1104.

duPONT LIBRARY 

The library will be open Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The library will be offering free older Cup and Gown yearbook copies while supplies last during their hours of operation.

THE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

Gallery hours are Saturday 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. with senior art majors’ thesis exhibition, Anamnesis featuring Ned Adams, Josh Bryant, John Godbold, Emma Jewell, Olivier Mbabazi, Phoebe-Agnès Mills, Ellie Pedersen, Emilea Thrasher, and Megan Vlahoplus. 

University Archives

University Archives hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m.–noon (by appointment) and 1–5 p.m., and Saturday 1–5 p.m.

ALL SAINTS’ CHAPEL

All worship services are open to the public. The chapel is always available for private prayer and meditation. Directories for self-guided tours are available in the narthex or in the Chaplain’s Office.

OTHER INFORMATION

For guests in need of special arrangements for access to All Saints’ Chapel, please call the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, 931.598.1710.

For more information about Commencement, please telephone the Alumni Office, 888.867.6884 or 931.598.1710, or check the commencement webpage at sewanee.edu/parents/commencement.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Commencement Weekend, the University Carillon will be played by Ray Gotko, carillonneur.

LOCAL EATERIES

Blue Chair Bakery and Coffee Shop and Tavern 931.598.5434, 41 University Ave.
Café hours Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–noon. Tavern hours Mon.–Fri. 3–9 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Green’s View Grill 931.598.5305. 444 Green’s View Rd. Tues.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Monday.

La Bella Pearl’s 931.463.2222, 15344 Sewanee Hwy. Mon.–Tues., closed, Wed.–Thurs. 5–9 p.m, Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Please call for reservations.

Shakerag at the Sewanee Inn
931.598.3568, 1235 University Ave.
Sun.–Thurs. 4–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 4–10 p.m. 

Shenanigans 931.598.5774, 12595 Sollace M. Freeman Hwy. Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Stirling’s Coffee House 931.598.1885,
241 Georgia Ave. Mon.–Wed. 7:30 a.m.–noon, Thurs.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.– 10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–noon.

The Cup and Gown will be closed.