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Schedule of Events

Ticket Pick-up

Monday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 24, 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

Thursday, May 25, 6 - 9 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.


Friday, May 26, 11 a.m.
Canterbury United Methodist Church
Speaker: Becca Stevens
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. Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, Episcopal priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms, a social enterprise run by women healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Find out more about our speaker at http://www.beccastevens.org.

Capping Ceremony

Friday, May 26, 3 p.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum
Speaker: TBD
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

Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum
Speaker: Dr. Tim Smith, Associate Professor of Art History
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. 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

Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m.
Academic Quad
Edwards Bell Tower. Rain location: Bruno Great Hall, Norton Campus Center.