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Schedule of Events

  • Thurs, May 14

    3:15 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight

    Senior Excursion to Mount Vernon (For graduating seniors only - by invitation)

    Champagne Toast on the Lawn of Mount Vernon followed by a dinner/dance aboard the Spirit of Mt. Vernon. Bus transportation provided - all students are required to utilize the bus service to attend. Students must depart from and return to Washington College. Those attending are asked to RSVP though EventBrite: www.seniorcruise.eventbrite.com.


  • Fri, May 15

    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Java George Open for Coffee

    Hodson Hall Commons, 1st Floor 


    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.           

    Bookstore Open 

    Casey Academic Center

    (College Ring Sales 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Casey Academic Center Gallery)


    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Athletic Facilities Open for Enjoyment

                Benjamin A. Johnson Fitness Center - Open Weight Room

                Eugene B. Casey Swim Center - Open Swim Time

                Lelia Hynson Pavilion & Truslow Boat House - Open Waterfront

                        (Experienced rowers and sailors only)

                Schottland Pavilion and Tennis Courts - Open Tennis Time


    11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.           

    History on the Waterfront: A Journey into Chestertown’s Past

    A FREE 35-minute audio-guided tour of the Chestertown waterfront and the historic Custom House (circa 1746).

    Custom House, 101 Water Street, Chestertown


    12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

    Senior Class Luncheon (For seniors and faculty - by invitation only)

    Miller Library Terrace

    Rain Location: Russell Gymnasium, Cain Athletic Center


    12:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    Tour the Chester River on the Callinectes!

    (Weather permitting, reservations required.)

    Truslow Boathouse Dock


    The Callinectes, Washington College’s research vessel, will take four one-hour tours of the Chester River. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Click here to schedule your reservation.


    1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Commencement Rehearsal 

    (Mandatory for Students) 

    Caps, gowns, and Commencement rain location tickets will be distributed at rehearsal only.

    Benjamin A. Johnson Fitness Center


    2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Commencement Housing Registration

    Families with on-campus room reservations should pick up their packets at this location. Reservations can be made here. (Late arrivals will need to check in at Public Safety)

    Hodson Hall Commons Lobby, 1st Floor 


    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Annual Commencement Dinner

    Casual buffet dinner with classmates and families, al fresco.

    Reservations are available on-line.

    (Cost per person $18, Children under 7 - $6. Graduating students will not need to purchase a ticket and will be provided one for this event.)

    Miller Library Terrace

    (Rain location: Hodson Hall Commons, Main Dining Room)


    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Annual Announcement of the Sophie Kerr Prize

    Decker Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts


    The exciting event that reveals the winner of the world’s largest undergraduate literary prize returns to campus after four years on the road in New York and Baltimore.


    Each year since 1968, Washington College seniors have been invited to submit portfolios of their writing to be considered for the Sophie Kerr Prize. In a typical year, between 30 and 40 students apply, submitting works that can include critical essays, creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, journalism, stage plays, screenplays, blog entries, graphic novels or other hybrid forms. In the days leading up to Commencement, members of the English Department faculty convene as the Sophie Kerr Committee to select the prizewinner and a small group of finalists. At this event, all the finalists will read from their portfolios and one will be named the forty-eighth winner of the Sophie Kerr Prize, this year valued at $62,900. Please join us as we congratulate these talented young writers and celebrate a Washington College tradition recognized around the world.


    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Champagne Reception

    Hosted by Washington College Parents Council

    A champagne toast to celebrate the Sophie Kerr Finalists and the Class of 2015. Cocktail attire.

    Underwood Lobby, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts and Martha Washington Square


    9:00 p.m.

    Commencement Fireworks Celebration

    Fireworks may be viewed over Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium. 

    (You are encouraged to view the fireworks from the Chester/Sassafras patio. For safety reasons, the stadium will be closed.)


    9:00 p.m. – Midnight

    Commencement Dance

    Parents, graduates, faculty, and staff are welcome.

    Hosted by the Student Activities Office.

    Admission free, cash bar

    Martha Washington Square

    Rain Location: Hodson Hall Commons, The Goose Nest

  • Sat, May 16

    6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Weather report/Commencement updates available through the College switchboard:

    Long distance (800) 422-1782; Local (410) 778-2800; On-Campus dial 0


    7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Java George Open for Coffee

    Hodson Hall Commons, 1st floor 


    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Commencement Checkout

    Families with on-campus room reservations should return their packets during this time.

    Hodson Hall Commons Lobby, 1st floor 


    7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

    Breakfast for Seniors and Families

    (Seniors free, all others $6.00 per person)

    Hodson Hall Commons, Main Dining Room


    8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.           

    Bookstore Open 

    Casey Academic Center


    8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Habitat for Humanity Flower Sale

    Washington College’s Habitat for Humanity is hosting a fundraiser and we will be pre-selling before the event and selling at the event flowers for families to give to their graduating students. Bouquets will be $15.00 with a random assortment of flowers from Bloomin’ Wild. Flowers will be available for purchase that day or can be preordered. Click here to order.  

    Hodson Lobby


    9:30 a.m.

    Graduates Report for Robing

    John S. Toll Science Center

    (Rain Location: Cain Athletic Center, Russell Gymnasium)


    10:30 a.m.     

    232nd Commencement

    Campus Lawn

    (Rain Location: Benjamin A. Johnson Fitness Center; 6 tickets per graduate; tickets will be distributed at rehearsal on Friday)


    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Commencement Reception

    Interim President and Mrs. Jack S. Griswold invite graduates and their families to a light reception.

    Martha Washington Square

    (Rain Location: Cain Athletic Center, Russell Gymnasium)


    Reservations for on-campus housing during Commencement weekend will be accepted beginning Sunday, March 8, 2015 through Monday, May 11, 2015. Please make your reservation at www.wccommencement.eventbrite.com. The College cannot guarantee availability after May 11, 2015.