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Commencement Schedule

Wednesday, May 4

  • 6 p.m, Graduation Ceremony for Students with Disabilities in Bryan Jr. Auditorium, Frank Family Science Center
    • If you are a graduating senior who would like to participate in this event, please use this link to learn more and sign up. (Registration closes April 15.). Please email the ARC at accessibility@guilford.edu with any questions or concerns.

Friday, May 6

6 p.m., Latinx Graduation Celebration in the Carnegie Room, Hege Academic Commons

Saturday, May 7

Noon, Bonner Olympics, Worth House II Lawn

Monday, May 9

Noon - 2 p.m., Day Party, Tennis Courts

Tuesday, May 10

Noon, Decorating Graduation Caps/Wine and Cheese Party, Founders Hall

Wednesday, May 11

  • 1 p.m., Faculty/Staff vs. Student Kickball Game, Binford Field
  • 6 p.m. — Lavender Graduation for LGBTQIA+ students and families in Bryan Jr. Auditorium, Frank 101 (Sponsored by the Intercultural Engagement Center and the Friends Center)
  • 8:30 p.m., Movie Night, Football Field

Thursday, May 12

  • 6:30 p.m. — Sankofa Pinning (Hege Academic Commons, Carnegie Room)
  • 7:45 p.m. — Toast to the Light on Founders Terrace (Open to the campus community)

Friday, May 13

  • 11 a.m. — Baccalaureate in Dana Auditorium
  • 12 p.m. — Community Picnic in the Dining Hall or Quad
  • 1:30 p.m. — Graduation Rehearsal
  • 2 p.m. — Alumni-Student Ice Cream Social
     


To Family Members and Guests

Congratulations on the momentous and significant achievement of your student in becoming a Guilford College graduate! The Guilford community and extended family of alumni are eager to celebrate with you on Commencement day.  

For those of us who work with your student, these four years went by far too quickly. It seems only a short time ago that we welcomed them as first-years on move-in day. We're proud of all of their achievements and look forward to seeing the bright future that awaits them.

Note that caps and gowns can be ordered through the bookstore through the end of April.

Please refer to the following information as you make plans for the big day.
 


Information for Families and Guests

Parking

In addition to regularly marked spaces, the entire section of parking on George Fox Drive between New Garden Road and Levi Coffin Drive will be reserved for persons with disabilities during Commencement. 

Photography

The College will engage the services of a photographer, who will photograph each graduating senior individually as his or her diploma is presented. We provide this service to ensure this moment is captured, thus relieving parents and friends of any need for photographing. An email will be sent to the graduating senior the week after Commencement with proofs and information on how to order. You can also search the photo proofs at gradimages.com.

Hometown News Announcements

The College encourages all graduating students to share news of this milestone with their hometown newspaper(s) and websites. To make this easy for you, we've prepared a template that you may customize with details about your personal Guilford experience.

How to Write and Send Your News Release

  1. Save this news release template (.docx) to your computer.
  2. Personalize the release by replacing the bracketed information with details about your experience at Guilford.
  3. Identify the contact information for your local newspaper(s) and/or websites. Graduation announcements are usually directed to a general newsroom email address and not to specific reporters. To find that address, visit the paper's website, and look for a "Contact Us" page. The newsroom email address should be on that page. If not, search for the editor of the regional edition of the paper and send the release to them.
  4. Copy your news release directly into the body of an email (do not send your announcement as an attachment). Use the subject line Local Resident Graduates from Guilford College.

Note: Newsrooms are often inundated with emails, so we recommend that you keep your release short and to the point.