Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce over 500 students will receive degrees during spring commencement exercises held on May 6 -7, 2022.

Students earned associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from a variety of university programs.

The University salutes these students and congratulates them for their significant achievements in higher education.

Commencement Planning

Commencement weekend will be held May 6-7 and we look forward to celebrating the class of 2022!

All University Commencement

Ceremony will be held in Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center on Friday, May 6, 2022. At 7:30 PM.

We hope you will join us to celebrate our graduates. The All University Commencement will include speeches from Gardner-Webb University President William M. Downs, the Commencement speaker, and President of the Student Government Association, Jada Newton. The ceremony ends with a fireworks display.

The Class of 2022 graduates will be seated with their school/ college and recognized as a group. There will be Closed Captioning at every ceremony.

At this time, there are no tickets or guest limits for the ceremony. This may change due to health and safety protocols so please check this website periodically for updates. If you are unable to attend, the ceremony will be available for viewing on our website.

Special assistance – Candidates can request accommodations through the RSVP link for themselves or a guest.

Inclement Weather Plan

In case of inclement or threatening weather, Commencement will be held in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center and tickets will be required to attend. Graduates should meet at the Dover Theatre at LYCC by 6:30 PM.

Click the link below for more information.

Additional Information for Graduates:

Students eligible to graduate in May will receive an email to RSVP to attend the weekend events. RSVP responses are due by April 1, 2022.

If you haven’t received the email, please RSVP at the link below.

All students should plan to arrive by 6:15 PM and meet at the red Bulldog tent across from Spangler Stadium. Students should be dressed in full regalia.

  • At commencement, Doctoral degree candidates will be asked to approach the stage. At this point, you carry your hood draped over your forearm. You will be accompanied by your dissertation chair/ project advisor who will assist your Dean with hooding.
  • Once on stage, you will hand your card to the name reader at the lectern. You will then proceed toward the middle of the stage. The Dean will take the hood from you.
  • Your advisor and Dean will lift the hood over your head and place it at your collar.
  • You will then return to your seat for the rest of the commencement.
  • For the Saturday events, you should wear your hood over your regalia.

  • For the Friday commencement, you should wear your hood over your regalia.
  • At your event on Saturday, you will be asked to approach the stage. At this point, you carry your hood draped over your forearm.
  • Once on stage, you will hand your card to the name reader at the lectern. You will then proceed toward the middle of the stage. The Dean will take the hood from you.
  • Your Dean will lift the hood over your head and place it at your collar.
  • You will then return to your seat for the rest of the commencement.

If you or a member of your party will need accommodations at the commencement events, you may submit a request through your Commencement RSVP link.

If you have already submitted your RSVP, and need to identify a member of your party that may need accommodations, we ask that you complete the form below.

Please note: There will be Closed Captioning at every ceremony.

Graduation attire (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) for undergraduate and graduate students is available through the Campus Shop. You may place your order online and you may choose to pick up your order from the Campus Shop in the Tucker Student Center or you may opt to have it shipped to you. Once the order has been filled, you will receive an email stating your order has been shipped or is ready for pickup.

Please place your order early!

If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact the Campus Shop at 704-406-4273 or [email protected].

All doctoral candidates MUST order their graduation attire directly from Jostens at the link below.

You are encouraged to purchase your attire by March 4, 2022 to ensure that you receive your order in time for the May 6 commencement.

Your graduate attire will be shipped directly to the address provided, once purchased.

For more information, call Jostens at 1-800-854-7464.

School & College Recognition Ceremonies

Each School/College will celebrate the Class of 2022 Graduates on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at various campus locations.

The Recognition Ceremony is where graduates are recognized individually and will walk across the stage. Length of ceremony varies by school/ college. There will be Closed Captioning at every ceremony.

At this time, there are no tickets or guest limits for the ceremony. This may change due to health and safety protocols so please check this website periodically for updates.

Special assistance – Candidates can request accommodations through the RSVP link for themselves or a guest.

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Tucker Student Center

Tucker Student Center – Candidates should arrive by 8:30 a.m. in Tucker Student Center to line up for graduation recognition.

On Saturday, a reception/brunch will follow the recognition ceremony where students, families and friends can gather to celebrate. Please join us on the lower level patio of Tucker Student Center.

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Spangler Stadium

Students should plan to arrive by 8:15AM and meet at the designated area for students across from Spangler Stadium.

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center

Candidates should arrive by 8:00 a.m. in the Dover Theatre in LYCC to line up for graduation recognition.

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Spangler Stadium

The College of Arts and Sciences will host a recognition ceremony at 11:00AM in Spangler Stadium. This ceremony is where students will be recognized individually and will walk across the stage. Senior awards from departments in our college will also be awarded at this ceremony.

Students should plan to arrive by 10:15AM and meet at the designated area for students across from Spangler Stadium. Graduates should be dressed in full regalia. Faculty and staff will be at the designated area to line you up for the processional. Graduates will sit alphabetically by department. Graduate students will be invited to the stage first and will be hooded by a faculty member from your department. Undergraduate students will follow.

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Tucker Student Center

All students should plan to arrive by 10:15 AM and meet outside Tucker Student Center. Students should be dressed in full regalia.