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Spring 2023 Commencement Events

The following is the list of events leading up to the Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony:

Thursday, March 23rd

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Grad Finale, Shinn Center

Friday, May 5th

8:30 a.m.: Provost's Breakfast

10:00 a.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal, TBD

4:30 p.m.: Undergraduate Baccalaureate Ceremony, Collins Auditorium

5:30 p.m.: Baccalaureate Reception, Bison Square

Saturday, May 6th

8:30 a.m.: Graduate Commencement Rehearsal, TBD

10:30 a.m.: Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Allen Arena.

3:30 p.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Allen Arena


Graduation Application Deadlines

In order to be eligible to walk in commencement, every student must do the following before the application deadline for the semester of intended graduation:

  • Fill out the Intent to Graduate form. This can be found in the student's MyLipscomb portal under the Registrar's Office page.
  • Order their cap and gown through Jostens. Instructions for ordering a cap and gown can also be found in the student's MyLipscomb portal.

Students must apply for graduation during the application window immediately prior to their intended graduation date. If a student is graduating over the summer, then they have the option to participate in either the May or December commencement ceremony or not participate in a ceremony at all. Here are the application windows for each semester:

  • Spring Graduation: August 1st - January 31st
  • Fall Graduation: February 15th - September 15th 
  • Summer Graduation: October 1st - July 31st*

*If a summer graduate wishes to participate in the May ceremony, then the deadline to apply for graduation and order a cap and gown is January 31st. If a summer graduate wishes to participate in the December ceremony, then the deadline for application and to order a cap and gown is July 31st.

Graduation Events

Baccalaureate worship service

Baccalaureate Service and Reception

Baccalaureate worship service marks the spiritual formation of the students. Undergraduates were welcomed to the Lipscomb community during Initium, a devotional and torch-passing ceremony, and are released into the world during this gathering.

Nashville Pipes & Drums performs

Commencement Ceremony

The formal conferring of degrees occurs during the commencement ceremony. Graduates and their families will hear words of encouragement from various speakers and can celebrate this significant milestone in their lives.

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