Celebrating Oglethorpe's Graduates

Information for Oglethorpe's commencement ceremony

Graduating Class of '24

Rose Scott

The Class of 2024 commencement ceremony will be held on Oglethorpe University’s academic quad on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 9 a.m. No tickets are necessary for guests to attend.

The ceremony will be livestreamed with English and Spanish subtitles.

Award-winning journalist Rose Scott will address the graduating class. Read more.


Important dates & times

Friday, May 3 – Lavender Graduation
OU Lavender Graduation will be held 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3. We will begin with a ceremony in Lupton Auditorium and transition to a reception in the Cousins Atrium. RSVPs are full. Speak to your graduate to confirm they RSVP’d for your party.

Saturday, May 4 – Si Se Pudo: Latinx Graduation Celebration
Our inaugural Latinx graduation will be held 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. In a cultural celebration for our graduating students, we will honor the importance of family in Latinx culture in a bilingual ceremony. RSVPs are full. Speak to your graduate to confirm they RSVP’d for your party.

Saturday, May 4 – Kente Robing Ceremony
The 2024 OU Kente Robing Ceremony will be held 6 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, on campus. Additional information regarding the event time and location will be forthcoming. RSVPs are full. Speak to your graduate to confirm they RSVP’d for your party.

For more information about identity ceremonies, please contact Marisol Zacarias, director of the Intercultural Center.

Thursday, May 16 – Commencement Rehearsal, Class Photo & Carillon Ceremony
Commencement Rehearsal – 4 – 5 p.m. – Library Atrium, Lowry Hall
Class Photo – 5:15 p.m. –  After rehearsal, a class photo will be taken on the track and field using a drone.
Carillon Ceremony for graduates – 5:30 p.m. – Lupton Auditorium, immediately following rehearsal and the class photo. RSVP by May 9.

Friday, May 17 – President’s Reception
Oglethorpe President Kathryn McClymond will host a reception for seniors and their families in the Turner Lynch Campus Center, 4 – 6 p.m. Please check back for RSVP information.

Saturday, May 18 – Commencement Ceremony
Graduates should report to the Library Atrium in 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. The ceremony will be held on the quad, rain or shine.

The ceremony also will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Diplomas will be handed out to graduates after the Commencement on May 18 in the Library by the study rooms for an hour after the ceremony ends, until approximately 12 p.m.


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

Media contact: Lance Wallace, Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

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