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Commencement

Baccalaureate • May 6, 2021

5-6 p.m. • Allen Arena

The annual Baccalaureate Service, a time of worship for the Undergraduate Class of 2021 and their families, will take place in Allen Arena with a brief reception following in the Allen Arena Mall.

Spring Commencement • May 7-8, 2021

While our traditional commencement may look a little different this spring, we are pleased to announce our plans to offer a series of in-person ceremonies Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. These celebrations will include May 2021 degree candidates as well as August 2021 candidates who have petitioned to walk early in this ceremony.
 
While details are being finalized, we want to share general information with you that will help you as you plan for graduation. Great care is being taken to provide an experience that is meaningful and reflective of the significance of our students’ academic accomplishments but that also adheres to local and state guidelines as well as protects the health and safety of participants. We are committed to celebrating this significant milestone in a way that is meaningful, memorable and as close to a traditional ceremony as possible. 
 
We will hold four graduation ceremonies Friday, May 7, through Saturday, May 8, that will allow us the ability to safely distance participants in the program. Degree candidates will be expected to participate in the specific ceremony affiliated with their college. The ceremonies will take place in Allen Arena according to the following schedule:

Friday, May 7

8:30 a.m.: Commencement Rehearsal, Student Activities Center

Commencement rehearsal for graduating students only for George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts and the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

10 a.m.: Commencement, Allen Arena

  • George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts
  • College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

2:30 p.m.: Commencement Rehearsal, Student Activities Center

Commencement rehearsal for graduating students only for the College of Business, the College of Computing & Technology and the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering.

4 p.m.: Commencement, Allen Arena

  • College of Business 
  • College of Computing & Technology
  • Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering 

Saturday, May 8

8:30 a.m.: Commencement Rehearsal, Student Activities Center

Commencement rehearsal for graduating students only for the College of Education, College of Leadership & Public Service, and the College of Professional Studies.

10 a.m.: Commencement, Allen Arena

  • College of Education 
  • College of Leadership & Public Service 
  • College of Professional Studies

2:30 p.m.: Commencement Rehearsal, Student Activities Center

Commencement rehearsal for graduating students only for the College of Bible & Ministry and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

4 p.m.: Commencement, Allen Arena

  • College of Bible & Ministry
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 

 
Each graduate will be offered a maximum of seven seats for their guests, seated in a group for their college’s ceremony. Graduates have received additional information regarding the ticketing process.   

The ceremonies will also be streamed live for family and friends who are not able to attend in person to view and celebrate your accomplishments. Our Class of 2021 graduates have been tenacious and have thrived in an historic time in higher education and have persevered to complete their degrees, and we hope you will take time to celebrate with those you have walked with you on this journey. 
 
We look forward to celebrating our graduates and are hopeful as we approach May 7-8 that conditions on campus and in our state at that time will allow us to proceed with our plan to offer these in-person ceremonies. 

Please check back often for updated information.  
 

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

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.

Celebration In the Student Activities Center

College and Department Celebrations

In place of the usual dinners and celebrations on campus, graduates can continue the virtual festivities by celebrating with peers and faculty during events hosted by various colleges, schools and departments across the university.

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