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Commencement 2018

Ceremony Details and Rain Plan

Our 2018 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. on the Avenue of the Oaks.

In the event of rain, Commencement exercises will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center, on campus, at 11 a.m. Ushers will direct graduates, faculty and the platform party to their dressing areas. Each graduate will receive five tickets that may be picked up at the Barter Student Center information desk on Friday afternoon. The decision to move Commencement indoors will be made no later than noon on Friday, May 4.

Details of the rain plan will be available by calling 251-380-2262. An announcement will be broadcast only if the rain plan is in effect. If the events are to be held outdoors on the Avenue of the Oaks, there will be no announcement. Public safety officers will advise arriving guests if the rain plan is in effect.

First aid assistance will be available during Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement ceremony. Residence halls will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Commencement Live Stream Online and On Campus

On Campus
Overflow and inside seating will be available in the Price LeBlanc Grand Hall on the 2nd floor of the Barter Student Center. We will stream Commencement live at this location. This is a great place for the elderly and anyone with babies or small children to watch the ceremony.

We will also post a live video of Commencement on this page on Saturday, May 5. The video stream will begin 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Graduation Week Photo Galleries

Graduation Week Schedule of Events

Friday, April 27
Senior BBQ5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Stewartfield Lawn

Seniors have one last chance to gather with the Spring Hill College faculty and staff before graduation. The dinner is sponsored by the Senior Activity Planning Committee and Student Affairs.

Wednesday, May 2
Senior Class Party8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Meet at Barter Student Center

Join classmates for this “Destination Unknown” party to celebrate graduation. Be on the lookout for sign-up information later this semester. This event is hosted by the Senior Activity Planning Committee and Student Affairs. Cocktail attire is recommended.

Thursday, May 3
Red, White & Cupola5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Chapel Garden

Students are invited to climb the cupola at sunset and experience the breathtaking views from the highest point on campus. Seniors will have the opportunity to leave their signature on the cupola wall, all while enjoying refreshments and wine. A professional photographer will be available. Business attire is recommended.

Friday, May 4
Baccalaureate Mass4:30 p.m.

The Avenue of the Oaks

No formal procession. Seating is open and graduating seniors may sit with friends and relatives. (Rain plan location: Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center)

President’s Family Reception5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


All graduates, families, faculty, and staff are invited. Hosted by the President’s Office. Light hors d’oeuvres.

Saturday, May 5
Commencement10:00 a.m.

The Avenue of the Oaks

Procession forms at 9:00 a.m. at Byrne Hall. Graduates (Masters, BA, BS, BSN, AS, Certificates) in alphabetical order in each degree category meet on the second floor. Faculty, administrators, and dignitaries will organize in the lower corridor of Byrne Hall. Cap and gown required.

Senior Class PictureAfter Commencement

After Commencement, the procession continues to the steps of Byrne Memorial Hall for the Senior Class picture before disbanding. Please be prompt!


Diplomas will be mailed approximately four weeks after Commencement. See Spring Hill’s Registrar website for additional information.

Bookstore Hours April 30 – May 5

Monday, April 308:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 18:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 38:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 48:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 58:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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