Commencement 2017 begins with the Baccalaureate, celebrated on Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2017. Our Baccalaureate Service is a celebration of the Spirit of DePauw University and an opportunity to give thanks for the time we have spent together over the past four years. As a community we gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class through music, readings and reflections. This service is an interfaith event that honors our diversity with a particular focus on the wisdom we gain from one another and from those who have gone before us. Featured at this event: two addresses, one from the University President and one from the faculty speaker, readings from the writing of DePauw Alumni, prayers from our religious traditions, and celebratory music from our School of Music. Because seating in the Kresge Auditorium is limited, each degree candidate will receive two tickets for guests. Seating in the auditorium is on a first-come first-served basis to ticketed guests. Additional guests may watch the ceremony on a live broadcast in the Moore Theatre and the Thompson Recital Hall in the Green Center.
The night before commencement, East College lawn is alight with lanterns and torches. Champagne and cake are served as a big band plays great American standards. DePauw Under the Stars has become a signature event for the weekend, bringing together the entire community--students, families, friends, faculty and staff--to celebrate.
DePauw University's 178th Commencement Ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 21, 2017, in the Holton Quadrangle.
- In the event of rain or inclement weather, the University may opt (pursuant to its rain plan) to move commencement indoors or to briefly postpone the beginning of the ceremony.
- The Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony will be webcast from the University's live video portal: http://www.depauw.edu/stream.
- A DVD recording of the 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be available for purchase. https://commerce.cashnet.com/com-dvd
- Housing and Dining Reservations open 8:30 a.m., March 15. https://my.depauw.edu/e/evt/commencement/mevtreservation_form.asp?c=1062 (On-campus lodging is sold-out but this link may still be used to purchase tickets for dining.)