The Guilford community warmly invites you to join us in celebration of the Commencement of the Class of 2018. Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 4, and Commencement on Saturday, May 5.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 4

  • 11 a.m. — Baccalaureate in Dana Auditorium for graduates and their guests, faculty and staff
  • 12 p.m. — Picnic on the quad for faculty, staff and graduating seniors and their guests that attend Baccalaureate
  • 1:30 p.m. — Graduation rehearsal on the quad (for graduates only)
  • 2 p.m. — Alumni Association Ice Cream Social on the quad immediately following rehearsal (for graduates only)

Saturday, May 5

View the Commencement program

  • 7:30 a.m. — Graduates should be ready outside Founders Hall and the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Plaza at 7:30 a.m. and in line by 8 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m. — We cordially ask that guests be seated by this time. Please join us for a reception to celebrate our amazing graduates immediately following the ceremony on the quad.
  • 9 a.m. — Commencement ceremony on the Guilford College Quad (Rain site will be Ragan Brown Gym.)

Dennis Quaintance Announced as 2018 Commencement Speaker

Dennis Quaintance, CEO and Chief Design Officer of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels, which manages the Proximity Hotel and neighboring Print Works Bistro in Greensboro, among others, will present the 2018 Commencement address. A forward-thinking leader in the hospitality industry, Dennis and the employee-owned company he oversees have a stellar reputation for exemplary guest experiences and a leading-edge commitment to best practices in sustainability.

Dennis will also be awarded an honorary degree at commencement — Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. 

Information for Family Members and Guests

Thank You for Sharing Your Student With Us

Congratulations on the momentous and significant achievement of your student in becoming a Guilford College graduate! The Guilford community and the extended family of alumni are eager to celebrate with you. 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-year students on Move-In Day. We are proud of their achievements and look forward to seeing the bright future that awaits them.


The College will engage the services of a photographer, who will photograph each graduating senior as their diploma is presented. We provide this service to ensure this moment is captured, 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

Special Hotel Rates

We have discounted rates specifically for Commencement weekend at the following hotels. You may also want to consider this list of year-round accommodations.

Battleground Inn
1517 Westover Terrace 27408
Enter the promo code GuilfordCollegeK if you select a King Single; GuilfordCollegeQ if you select a Queen Single; or GuilfordCollegeDD if you select a Double.

O.Henry Hotel
624 Green Valley Rd, 27408

Downtown Marriott
304 North Greene Street, 27401
Last day to book: 4/6/18

Holiday Inn Coliseum
3005 West Gate City Boulevard, 27403


In addition to regularly marked handicapped parking spaces, the entire section of parking on George Fox Drive between New Garden Road and Levi Coffin Drive will be reserved for handicapped spaces during Commencement. For more information, please visit the Campus Map and Parking page.

Share Your Student's Achievements

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations encourages families and friends of the Class of 2018 to share news of this milestone with their hometown newspaper(s) and websites. To make this easy for you, we have prepared a downloadable template you may customize by including details about your student's Guilford experience. Get instructions and the template at the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations webpage for seniors.

Special Accommodations

A special viewing area will be provided in the Carnegie Room of Hege Library for anyone with special needs. Feel free to utilize this space for wheelchair accessibility and live streaming.

If you or any guests in your party request special accommodations, please let us know by filling out this brief form prior to April 27.

Information for Graduating Seniors

Find out when and where to get your cap and gown, learn about events planned to celebrate your achievements, and more.

Meet Our Seniors

Our graduates know what it means to live out Guilford’s seven Core Values in their everyday lives. They are exceptionally prepared to lead a world of change. Congratulations, Class of 2018. The future is in good hands, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

Commencement 2018 [Gallery]

Check out some of the great photos from Commencement 2018.