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Commencement 2013 schedule of events

Elon's 123rd Commencement activities begin Sunday, May 19, with picnics, receptions and more for graduates and their families.

More information for graduates and their families, including area lodging details and frequently asked questions, can be found on the Commencement 2013 website.

Sunday, May 19

  • Lavender Celebration, 4-6 p.m., Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts
    The Elon LGBTQ Office invites graduates, families, and guests to this ceremony to congratulate and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally (LGBTQIA) graduates. Everyone is welcome, and students need not be an LGBTQIA leader or extensively involved with LGBTQIA issues on campus to be a part of Lavender Celebration. Participants will receive a rainbow tassel that they can choose to wear at graduation, and a reception will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP to lgbtq@elon.edu.

Wednesday, May 22

  • Senior Class Picnic Lunch for graduates and Elon faculty & staff, Green behind Moseley, 12-2 p.m. 
  • Senior Gala, McKinnon Hall, 9 p.m. – midnight
  • Interactive Media Reception for student work, 2nd Floor Powell, 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, May 23                     

  • African American Commencement Reception, 6:30-8 p.m., Oaks 212
    The commencement reception is hosted by the Alumni Engagement Office, Elon Black Alumni Network, and Multicultural Center. The program will honor all African American graduates. Alumni, family and friends are invited to attend. To RSVP for this event, please contact Durice White '09 at dwhite15@elon.edu or 336-278-7463.
  • Interactive Media M.A. Graduation Ceremony, Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m. Reception immediately following for friends and family on Long Patio.  In case of inclement weather the reception will be in McEwen, Studio B.

Friday, May 24

  • ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 11 a.m. Holt Chapel, South Campus
  • Elon Hillel Graduation Reception and Open House with light luncheon and refreshments, 12:30-2 p.m., Sklut Hillel Center at 401 E. College Ave.
  • Receptions for Graduates and their families hosted by faculty in Elon College and the schools of Business, Communications and Education, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences graduates and families – Front of Lindner Hall (Rain location: Lindner Foyer)

Love School of Business graduates and families – Chandler Fountain and Plaza (Rain location:  Koury Business center, first floor)

School of Communications graduates and families – Manfuso Plaza (Rain location:  McEwen Communications Building, Studio B)

School of Education graduates and families – Front Porch of Mooney Building (Rain location: Mooney 111) 

  • Baccalaureate, Alumni Gym, Koury Center, 3 p.m.
  • Celebration of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century and Reception, McCrary Theatre, 5 p.m.  Reception following on Fine Arts Terrace (Rain location: ICR & Gallery-rain location)
  • M.B.A. Graduation Ceremony, Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m. (reception to follow)

Saturday, May 25

Rain Plan: If the weather forecast predicts rain that will clear during the morning hours, the university may delay the start of the outdoor ceremony until 10:30 a.m. If conditions do not improve, Commencement exercises will be moved to Alumni Gym in Koury Athletic Center. Graduates may pick up two rain tickets in Alamance 109 (Office of Student Life) beginning May 6. It is the responsibility of each graduate to give the tickets to those who will use them on May 25.

  • Reception for international student graduates and their families, Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, immediately following Commencement
  • School of Law Commencement, 6 p.m., Under the Oaks (reception to follow around Fonville Fountain)
    For more information download the 2013 School of Law Commencement pocket guide.
Eric Townsend,
5/1/2013 9:55 AM