May 10, 2017

Guilford to Celebrate Commencement in its 180th Year May 20

Guilford College will celebrate Commencement in its 180th year Saturday, May 20. The Commencement ceremony is at 9 am on Founders Lawn and will be live streamed at In case of rain, it will be in Ragan-Brown Field House.

More than 400 students should be eligible to receive their diplomas at Commencement next weekend, including students completing degree requirements last August or December or this month. Read more about our outstanding 2017 graduates on the website.

Patricia Timmons-Goodson, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the first African American woman to serve on the N.C. Supreme Court, will be the featured speaker. She is a former College trustee and mother of Ernest “Sonny” Goodson Jr. ’10.

Community leader and philanthropist Adair Phifer Armfield will receive an honorary degree, only the fourth conferred in the institution’s history.

President Jane Fernandes will preside for the third year. Students selected by the senior class will speak, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards will be presented to a graduating senior and community members.

Retiring faculty members Jerry Joplin, Tim Lindeman and Caryl Schunk will serve as College marshals.

Baccalaureate is Friday, May 19, at 11 am in Dana Auditorium on campus.

Details about Commencement activities are available on the website.