Celebrate the graduating class of 2023!

Join us for our Fall 2023 commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 10 am in the Mason Activity Center (Gymnasium)

The commencement ceremony will be live streamed at

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Commencement Speaker

Dr. Adam Porcella 
Sr. Vice President and Provost

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Dr. Porcella’s interests and areas of research include behavioral insights in student retention, international higher education, and institutional change. He has worked in higher education at colleges and universities throughout the United States and internationally.  In his role as Sr. Vice President and Provost, Dr. Porcella aims to bridge the gap between student affairs and academics in order to create more opportunities for student life staff and faculty members to think collaboratively on how to educate students holistically both inside and outside the classroom. His focus on student retention in his master’s and doctoral work supports his endeavors to create an educational experience that encourages more students to persist to graduation. Dr. Porcella and his wife Hannah have two daughters, Charis and Aletheia. He currently serves as an elder at Cresheim Valley Church (PCA) in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Full Event Schedule

Friday, December 15th

9:30 amUndergraduate Commencement Rehearsal (Dual-Level degree included)
Gymnasium, MAC
10:30 amUndergraduate Brunch
Furman Dining Commons, MAC
5 pmMasters and Degree Completion Commencement Rehearsal
Gymnasium, MAC
6:30 pmGraduate Banquet and Hooding Ceremony
Furman Dining Commons, MAC

Saturday, December 16th

8–9 amBuffet Breakfast
All graduates, family, and friends are invited to enjoy breakfast.
COST: $5.75 per person (pay at the door)
Furman Dining Commons, MAC
Coffee will be available in the Upper MAC lobby.
9 amGymnasium Doors Open
9:15 amGraduate Check-In
Gymnasium, MAC (Lower Level)
10 amCommencement Ceremony
Gymnasium, MAC
12–1 pmLunch Buffet
All graduates, family, and friends are invited to a buffet lunch.
COST: $6.75 per person (pay at the door)
Furman Dining Commons, MAC