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Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

The following events are part of Commencement. Stay tuned for additional information. 

Ticket Pick-up

Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Student Development, Room 230, Norton Campus Center
For questions, contact the Office of Student Development at (205)226-4722.

Senior Party

Wednesday, May 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Academic Quad 
Members of the graduating class are invited to celebrate their success with the Office of Student Development. Email invitations will be sent. RSVP is requested. For questions, please contact the Office of Student Development at (205)226-4722.


Thursday, May 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Canterbury United Methodist Church 
Baccalaureate--a special service of prayers and song recognizing the graduates and their families--has long been part of Commencement Weekend. This special event acknowledges the importance of faith in our academic community and ritualistically marks the ending of college from a religious perspective. Baccalaureate is rooted in BSC's historical foundations in the Methodist tradition but is inclusive and welcoming of other faiths. 

Capping Ceremony

Thursday, May 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum
This unique Birmingham-Southern tradition, hosted by the BSC Alumni Association, allows each graduating senior to choose a special person--a parent, grandparent, other relative, professor, mentor, or friend--to "cap" them by placing the flat-topped mortarboard upon his or her head. For questions about capping, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (205) 226-4912.

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 25, 9 a.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum
Speaker: TBD
Diplomas are presented to the new graduates during the traditional Commencement Ceremony, which also includes an address by BSC's Outstanding Educator of the Year. Seating is limited; each candidate for graduation will be issued tickets close to the graduation date.

Potential graduates are guaranteed up to 4 tickets, but additional tickets may be requested on the RSVP Form from March 5 – April 2, 2018. Additional tickets will be distributed based on availability.

Click here to learn more about requests for tickets and other details of the ceremony, including overflow seating and a rain plan.

President's Reception

Friday, May 25, 11 a.m. 
Academic Quad around Edwards Bell Tower. Rain location: Bruno Great Hall, Norton Campus Center.