University Commencement Weekend, May 6–8
The University of the South’s 2021-22 academic year comes to a close May 6, 7, and 8 with three ceremonies marking graduation weekend on the Mountain.
The University of the South will hold a Convocation for Conferring of Degrees for the School of Theology on Friday, May 6; the University Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 7; and a Convocation for Conferring of Degrees for the College of Arts and Sciences on Sunday, May 8. All events will begin at 10 a.m. in All Saints’ Chapel and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person <https://new.sewanee.edu/parent...;.
Honorary degrees will be presented to the Rt. Rev. Dr. Glenda S. Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings during the School of Theology Commencement on Friday. Bishop Glenda Curry will give the baccalaureate address at the University’s Baccalaureate ceremony on Saturday.
On Sunday, May 8, commencement exercises will be held in All Saints’ Chapel and on the Quadrangle for the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 415 students will graduate from the College. The presentation of diplomas will take place on the Quad so that families and guests may see the conferral live, and the entire service on closed-circuit TV.
Awards and honors will be announced, concluding with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion for character, leadership, and service to the University and the Sewanee community—the University’s highest award.
The valedictory address will be followed by the conferral of degrees, and Acting Vice-Chancellor Nancy Berner will read the University’s charge to the graduates. The traditional Sewanee recessional takes the new graduates through a corridor of faculty members who line the sidewalk outside the Chapel—and takes them into an outpouring of applause and cheers. The graduates, families, and guests will be able to continue their celebration during a luncheon honoring the Class of 2022.
Per University policy, masking indoors is optional with few exceptions.