Commencement 2018

Candler School of Theology invites families, friends and guests to join us as we celebrate the class of 2018. Watch the live stream of Candler's commencement ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 12

3:30-5 pm

Candler School of Theology - Class of 1968 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 1968 is invited to a tour and 50th Reunion reception prior to the Candler Singers concert. Contact for more information.

5-6 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 and 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 14

9-10:45 am

The 173rd 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 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.

Under the heavy-rain schedule, all students and their guests are to report to their diploma ceremonies as listed below.* For these students and their families, the keynote speaker and other central ceremony elements will be available for viewing on video screens at McDonough Field, the Quadrangle, and on the Commencement website.  

ContactOffice of University Events

11:30 am-1 pm

Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony*
Glenn Memorial Auditorium

Candler School of Theology graduates and their families gather for the 2018 Diploma Ceremony in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. for attendees. Graduates line up on the Glenn lawn (North Decatur Road side) at 11:00 a.m.

Dean Jan Love presides.
 Candler Registrar's Office

1-2:30 pm

Candler School of Theology Commencement Lunch*

Candler School of Theology Atrium and Plaza

Candler graduates, their families and friends, along with Candler faculty and staff are invited to lunch immediately following the Candler Diploma Ceremony. Registration is not required, but is greatly appreciated for an accurate catering count or ADA accommodation.


ContactAlice Tarkington, 404.727.9142

*In case of severe weather, the Commencement central ceremony on the quadrangle will be cancelled. Candler’s Diploma Ceremony will move to 8:00 a.m. at Glenn Memorial Auditorium with lunch following at 10:00 a.m. at Candler.