Frequently Asked Questions

What are Baccalaureate Vespers?
Baccalaureate is an interfaith service in celebration of commencement. All families are invited to attend to honor graduates and to acknowledge their accomplishments as well as those who have supported them throughout their journey at Agnes Scott. 

Do I need tickets to attend Baccalaureate and Commencement? 
Tickets are not needed to attend the Baccalaureate ceremony.  

The Commencement ceremony will be held in the Presser Quadrangle where there will be unlimited seating.  Tickets are NOT REQUIRED for seating on the Presser Quadrangle. 

In the case of severe weather, we will follow the severe weather plan. The Severe Weather Plan will only be used if conditions make it unsafe to hold Commencement outside on the Presser Quadrangle. Rain alone does not constitute severe weather.  Once the decision to declare and implement the Severe Weather Plan (move the Commencement ceremony inside) is made, information will be posted on theCommencement home page.   

Graduates' will receive their Severe Weather guest tickets after completing the senior survey. 

Every guest, regardless of age, must have a Severe Weather ticket for admission into the following venues:

  • Presser Hall (Gaines Chapel)

Additional satellite viewing will be available in the following locations for those guests without a ticket.

  • Presser Hall (Maclean Auditorium and Room 202)
  • Rebekah Scott Hall (Katherine Woltz Reception Room)
  • Buttrick Hall (Classrooms on ground and second floor: G-4, G-13, G-15, G-25, 203, 204, 205, 208, 209,211, 213, 215, 217, 219, 221)

Remember severe weather tickets are only necessary in the case of severe weather on the day of graduation.

 How many people can I bring to graduation?
There is not a limit on the number of guests you bring to the outdoor ceremony, but we ask that you be considerate of the other graduates and their guests.

How long do the ceremonies usually last?
Baccalaureate lasts about an hour and Commencement lasts about an hour and a half to two hours.

Is there housing on campus for Commencement? 
No, housing is not available on campus for parents and guests. A list of local hotels is available on our accommodations page.

Where are restrooms located?
Restrooms are located in Buttrick, Presser, Evans and Main Halls and also Alston Campus Center. Restrooms are also available on the first floor of Rebekah Scott Hall.

Can I videotape and/or photograph the ceremony? 
Guests are not allowed to videotape or photograph graduating seniors before the awarding of diplomas.
Will there be food served after the Commencement ceremony?
Following Commencement, a light reception will be held on the Woodruff Quadrangle for families and guests.  No tickets are required in order to attend.