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Commencement • December 2021

We are pleased to announce our plans to offer an in-person ceremony Saturday, December 18. This celebration will include December 2021 degree candidates.
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 one graduation ceremony Saturday, December 18. Degree candidates will be expected to participate. The ceremony will take place in Allen Arena according to the following schedule:


Friday, December 17
5:00 p.m.
Baccalaureate Service
Collins Alumni Auditorium


Saturday, December 18
12:30 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal (graduates only)
Student Activities Center

 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (approximately)
Commencement Ceremony 
Allen Arena

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


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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