Celebrating Oglethorpe's Graduates

Information for Oglethorpe's commencement ceremony

Graduating Class of '23

The Class of 2023 commencement ceremony will be held on Oglethorpe University’s academic quad on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 9 a.m. 

The ceremony will be livestreamed with English and Spanish subtitles.

Important dates & times

Thursday, May 18 – Commencement Rehearsal, Class Photo & Carillon Ceremony
Commencement Rehearsal – Library Atrium, Lowry Hall, 4 p.m.
Class Photo – After rehearsal, a class photo will be taken on the track and field using a drone.
Carillon Ceremony for graduates – Lupton Auditorium, immediately following rehearsal and the class photo. RSVP requested.

Friday, May 19 – President’s Reception
President’s Reception for seniors and their families – Turner Lynch Campus Center, 4 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 20 – Commencement Ceremony
Graduates should report to the Library Atrium, Lowry Hall by 8 a.m.
Guests are encouraged to be seated by 8:45 a.m.  No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Andrea Rivera with yellow background and OU seal

Andrea Rivera, founder of H3 Media and chair of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will address the graduating class. Read more.

The ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Diplomas will be handed out to graduates after the Commencement on May 20 in the Library by the study rooms until an hour after the ceremony ends, until approximately 12 p.m.

Additional Senior Week Activities

Monday, May 15 – Field Day
Turf Field, Track, Cousins Center, 12 – 4 p.m.
Featuring Pedal Karts, inflatables, tie die senior shirts, Publix deli and vegan sandwiches, 3 Tikis shaved ice

Tuesday, May 16 – TLCC Takeover
Turner Lynch Campus Center, 4 – 7 p.m.
Featuring Graffiti Art, break dancers, Responsible Sip, Gekko Food Truck

Wednesday, May 17 – Puttshack Excursion
Depart OU at 7 p.m., return at 11 p.m.

Seniors, check your Oglethorpe email for additional information about these activities!


Please continue to check your Oglethorpe email and this website for information as it becomes available. For additional questions, contact [email protected].