Commencement 2017

Candler School of Theology invites families, friends and guests to join us as we celebrate the class of 2017. Watch the live stream of Candler's commencement ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 6

3:30-5 pm

Candler School of Theology - Class of 1967 Reunion Tour and Reception 
Tour - 3rd floor Atrium of the Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Drive

Reception - Cannon Chapel Formal Lounge - Candler School of Theology, 515 South Kilgo Cir NE

The Candler class of 1967 is invited to a tour and 50th Reunion reception prior to the Candler Singers Concert on Saturday, May 6th. The tour will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Rita Ann Rollins Building of Candler School of Theology. Contact for more information.

5-6:15 pm

Candler Singers Concert*
Cannon Chapel

Come enjoy the Candler Singers in concert as they kick off Candler's Commencement Weekend! The Candler Singers, Candler School of Theology's premier musical ensemble comprised of students preparing for a variety of ministries in the church, the academy, and the world, present a concert of church music from around the globe, featuring classical, contemporary, folk, and spiritual genres. The Singers are directed by David B. Daniel, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Music Ministry: Director of Chapel Music. The concert is free and open to the public. Parking available in the Peavine or Fishburne parking decks.

ContactDevelopment and Alumni Relations Office, 404.727.6352

Monday, May 8

The information below describes events planned for fair weather (the weather typical for May in Atlanta). In case we experience inclement weather, please refer to the Inclement Weather page.

9-10:45 am

The 172nd Commencement Exercises of Emory University
The Quadrangle

We recommend that guests arrive on campus at 7:00 a.m. to avoid area congestion. Students line up at 8:00 a.m. The grand academic procession begins at 9:00 a.m. featuring a pipe & drum band, the faculty of the University, the Board of Trustees, the deans and vice presidents, and award recipients. Degree candidates, marching behind banners and led by faculty marshals, enter the Quadrangle from all four corners.  Members of corpus cordis aureum (alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) also march in the procession. President Claire E. Sterk, Emory's twentieth president, presides over the exercises. The ceremony includes the Commencement speaker, the conferral of Honorary Degrees and awards, and the conferral of degrees en masse. Degree candidates rise and are presented as a school by their academic dean and are represented on-stage by student marshals. At the conclusion of the ceremony the degree candidates are marched to school-hosted diploma ceremonies and receptions at the locations and times listed below. The Emory College of Arts and Sciences new graduates remain on the Quadrangle for their diploma ceremony which begins shortly thereafter.

View the Planning your Visit section of this website for important parking/shuttle information, maps, and other information. This ceremony (and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences diploma ceremony) are webcast live, available for viewing on Emory Television Channel 28.1(QAM), simulcast in rooms 206, 207, and 208 of White Hall and at various locations on campus. On commencement day the central ceremony and the ECAS diploma ceremony may be viewed on the web at

ContactOffice of University Events

11 am-1 pm

Candler School of Theology Commencement Brunch*
Candler School of Theology Atrium and Plaza

Candler graduates, their families and friends, along with Candler faculty and staff are invited to brunch following Commencement on the Quadrangle at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required, but is greatly appreciated for an accurate catering count and dietary or ADA accommodation. Click for registration: or Additional Information.

ContactAlice Tarkington, 404.727.9142

1:30-3 pm

Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony
Glenn Memorial Auditorium

Candler School of Theology graduates and their families gather for the 2017 Diploma Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. for attendees. Graduates line up on the Glenn lawn (North Decatur Road side) at 1:00 p.m.

In case of severe weather, the Commencement central ceremony on the quadrangle will be cancelled. Candler’s Diploma Ceremony will move to 11:00 a.m. at Glenn Memorial Auditorium with brunch following at 1:00 p.m. at Candler.

Dean Jan Love presides.
Candler Registrar's Office