Commencement Weekend

110th Commencement Weekend

May 10-11, 2019

110th Commencement Weekend

May 10-11, 2019

The following activities, unless otherwise indicated, are open to the entire College

community including graduates, their families and guests.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

1:00 P.M.

Commencement RehearsalHarper-McNeeley Auditorium.  For graduates of the Class of 2019.

4:00 P.M.

Nurses’ Pinning CeremonyHarper-McNeeley Auditorium.  For graduating nursing students, parents, relatives, and friends.

7:00 P.M.

Baccalaureate Service and Recognition of GraduatesHarper-McNeeley Auditorium.  Graduating seniors lead this service of praise and worship celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2019.  Speaker:  Rev. Michael  D. Kirby, Senior Pastor/Head of Staff, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL. The service includes the presentation of Academic Hoods.  No tickets are necessary for admittance to the ceremony.


Baccalaureate Service Reception—Claude King Davis Plaza.   A gathering for all graduates and their guests for refreshments and fellowship.  (Rain location:  Joni & Buck Smith Arts Forum, Myles Center for the Arts.)

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

10:00 A.M.

110th Commencement Ceremonies Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.  Speaker:  Ms. Jennifer Giovannitti, President, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA. No tickets are necessary for admittance to the ceremony.    


Commencement ReceptionClaude King Davis Plaza.  A fun gathering of graduates and their families for photographs and time with Faculty, Trustees, and the entire College family.  (Rain location:  Joni & Buck Smith Arts Forum, Myles Center for the Arts.)

12:00 NOON-3:00 P.M.

Commencement Buffet LuncheonMingo Room, Graceland, $18.95 per person for adults; $9.50 for children 6 through 12 (plus gratuity).  Children 5 or under are free.  (Reservations are requested, 304-637-1600.)


Davis & Elkins College BookstoreMadden Student Center

          Hours:  Friday, May 10:            8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Davis & Elkins College BookstoreMyles Center for the Arts

          Hours:  Saturday, May 11:         8:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon


Share Your Experience

Share your Commencement Weekend excitement with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using #DEgrad19.  Guests without a ticket will have the opportunity to sit in the auditorium on a space available basis or view the ceremony via live video stream in The McDonnell Center.


Find information about Commencement Weekend venues and parking on our campus iMap.

Stay on Campus

Spend the night right on campus at the historic Graceland Inn or adjacent Robert C. Byrd Center and take advantage of the discounted Friends and Family Rate. Staying on campus is convenient and affordable. Click here for more information.

Area Accommodations

For a list of off-campus accommodations, click here.


Event Date & Time: 

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 3:00pm