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#dson2017 Storify

#dson2017 Storify

A collection of social media from all of the accolades, festivities and celebrations honoring Dickinson's 2017 graduating class.


2017 Commencement Address

2017 Commencement Address

Remarks prepared for delivery by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) on May 21, 2017.


Commencement Address



Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 19

9:00 p.m.

Toast to the Class of 2017 (toast at 9:30 p.m.) — Britton Plaza (Rain location: HUB Social Hall)

Saturday, May 20

10:00 a.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony — Rubendall Recital Hall

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch is available in the Holland Union Building Dining Hall for seniors and their families and guests. Tickets will be sold at the door.

11:00 a.m.

Posse Ceremony — Allison Hall Community Room

11:00 a.m.

Senior Athlete Reception — Holland Union Building Social Hall

2:15 p.m.

Baccalaureate Processional Lineup — Sidewalk in front of Waidner-Spahr Library (Severe weather location: Kline Athletics Center, Mezzanine)

2:45 p.m.

Baccalaureate Procession Begins

3:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate Ceremony — John Dickinson Campus (Severe weather location: Kline Athletics Center)

4:00 p.m.

Reception for Legacy Students and Their Families — Alumni Commons, 243 W. Louther St. (Rain location: Allison Hall Community Room)

4:30 p.m.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony — Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

5:00 p.m.

Raven's Claw Tappings — Old West, Old Stone Steps

5:30 p.m.

Reception to Meet the Honorary Degree Recipients and ROTC Commissioning Reception — Rector Atrium. All graduates and their families are invited. 

6:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass — Allison Hall Great Room

Sunday, May 21

8:00 a.m.

Bagel Brunch for Seniors, Families and Guests of the Class of 2017 — Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life

9:00 a.m.

Commencement Processional Lineup — Sidewalk adjacent to the south wall of the John Dickinson Campus (Severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center, Mezzanine)

9:35 a.m.

Processional Begins

10:00 a.m.

Commencement Exercises — John Dickinson Campus (Severe weather location: Kline Athletic Center)

1:00 p.m.

Brunch for Seniors, Families and Guests of the Class of 2017 — Holland Union Building Dining Hall (advance tickets required)

7:00 p.m.

Seniors must be checked out of residence halls