Graduate Degree Recipient Reception

Hosted by the dean of the Graduate School, this event for graduate degree recipients and their guests is held in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center, BB&T Arena. The reception will include the presentation of Graduate Student Awards and the announcement of the recipients of the Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards. RSVPs are required. Invitations to this event will be mailed to graduate candidates in mid-April.


President’s Reception  

A President’s Reception for all students, their families, and faculty and staff will be held in the Coblentz Hall Dining Room, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

Baccalaureate Service  

The Baccalaureate Service (for undergraduate students) will be held in Coffman Chapel at 6 p.m. All graduating students, their families and community members are invited to attend this service of celebration and farewell. We ask that students assemble in the basement of Coffman Chapel, Room 5, at 5:30 p.m. to line up for the Service.


Strawberry Breakfast  

The Strawberry Breakfast will be held in Coblentz Hall Dining Room from 7 to 9 a.m. The breakfast is a Hood tradition dating back to 1928, when it was held in conjunction with the College May Day Celebration. Mrs. Martha Carson, the College dietician and dining room supervisor from 1914 to 1948, started the tradition. The College continues this tradition, serving a breakfast buffet that includes such specialties as strawberries, ice cream and sticky buns on the morning of Commencement. 

A ticket is required for all attendees, including the graduating student; each graduating student is entitled to three complimentary meal tickets for the Strawberry Breakfast. Additional tickets may be purchased online at a cost of $12.75 for adults and $6.00 for children aged 6 to 12 years; there is no cost for children aged 5 and under. The form for ordering the complimentary tickets and additional tickets will be online in the spring. Please purchase your tickets by Wednesday. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be held on the residential quadrangle. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will last for approximately two and one-half hours. 

Live Telecast  

The ceremony will be live streamed. If there is severe weather, the event will be live streamed from BB&T Arena to campus viewing locations in Whitaker Campus Commons and Hodson Auditorium.