Commencement Week!

Thursday, May 9

Graduation Rehearsal & Regalia Pick-up
Canale Arena, 6:00 p.m.
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.
Friday, May 10
Presidential Student Recognition
University Theater, 10:00 a.m.
Parents of honored students and CBU faculty/staff are invited to attend.

Alumni Legacy Dinner
Sabbatini Lounge, 5:00 p.m.
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni families for a relaxing dinner prior to the Baccalaureate Service.
 Please RSVP by May 6 to or (901) 321-3270.

Baccalaureate Service
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central), 7:00 p.m.
Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear Regalia only, Graduate students: Regalia and Hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Ruby R. Wharton, attorney and First Lady of the City of Memphis, is the keynote speaker and the 2013 recipient of the Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall.  Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates.
Saturday, May 11
Commencement Exercises
Signaigo Field, 9:00 a.m .
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. During the ceremony, the University will award an Honorary Doctor of Public Service to Mayors Mark H. Luttrell and A C Wharton Jr. in recognition of their lifelong commitment to the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle.


Follow CBU on Social Media for Commencement Week events, photos, reminders and fun features:
• Official CBU Facebook page
• Official CBU Twitter account
• Official CBU Instagram account

The four Schools and various academic and administrative departments will be posting to their Facebook pages as well. You can find a complete listing of official CBU social media profiles HERE.

The official hashtag for Commencement 2013 is #BUCS2013. Please use it to tag your posts and share your updates with the CBU family! (If you can’t view the video below on your mobile device or email, please click here >>>)

Even though CBU staffers will be actively posting throughout Commencement Week, graduating seniors and their friends are encouraged to join in capturing the fun and excitement of Commencement! As you get ready to say good-bye to CBU, share your favorite moments and memories!

  • Graduating seniors: Did anything you ever dream of come true while you were at CBU? What do you dream of? What do you hope for as you leave CBU?
  • Faculty & staff: What words of wisdom do you have for the graduates to encourage them to dream big and go after their goals?
  • Alumni: How did CBU prepare you to pursue your dreams?

Share your photos, your thoughts and your dreams! Let’s show the world how special this time of the year is for all of us at CBU!