Graduation 2003 Information: Details about graduation exercises, baccalaureate services, and more

Graduation 2003 Information: Details about graduation exercises, baccalaureate services, and more

Services and Ceremonies

Graduation exercises for the Class of 2003 will be held at 6 p.m., May 18, on the lawn between Anderson Hall and Sutton Science Center. In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved to Boydson Baird Gymnasium in the Cooper Athletic Center. (The decision to move inside will be announced at Baccalaureate.)

Baccalaureate services are planned for 2 p.m., May 18, in Wilson Chapel.

Brother Jimmy Wayne Gray, father of graduating senior Lois Gray, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon. Dr. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will give the commencement address.


Rites and Practices

The Class of 2003 will hold graduation rehearsal at 6:30 p.m., May 8 in Wilson Chapel. Seniors who are marching are encouraged to bring a pen or pencil.

The annual Senior Rite of Passage is scheduled for 1-3 p.m., May 15, in the first-floor lobby area of Fayerweather Hall. It is very important for seniors graduating in May or summer 2003 to participate. Sponsored by the offices of Student Development and Alumni and Parents Programs, Senior Rite of Passage is a time when graduates can complete withdrawal requirements, receive their senior gift from the Alumni Association and enjoy fellowship and refreshments. Questions about this event should be directed to Barbara Moss at 865.981.8213, or by email to


Celebrations and Competitions

Graduating seniors, the College’s faculty and staff members, and members of the College’s Alumni Board are invited to the annual Senior Barbecue, scheduled for 12 p.m., May 16, on the lawn of Pearsons Hall. Sponsored by the College’s Alumni Association, the barbecue means great food, refreshing beverages and memorable times with friends. Invitations have been sent out, and people are asked to RSVP to 865.981.8200, or email, before May 12.

The seventh-annual Graduation Celebration for graduating seniors and their parents will be held at 8 p.m., May 17, on the campus lawn. Sponsored by Student Development and the Parents Association, the event is held to honor the Class of 2003 and their parents. Dress is dressy-casual. Invitations have been sent out, and reservations should be made to 865.981.8213, or by email to

The annual Blount County Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 16, at Lambert Acres Golf Course. Tee time is 1:30 p.m., and the cost is $25 per person. Following the tournament there will be a barbeque dinner catered by Calhoun’s for an additional cost of $15 per person. For more information or to register for the tournament, contact the Alumni Office at 865.981.8200, or email, before May 12th.


Photos and Mementos

N-Sinc Photographics of Knoxville will be taking photos of graduating seniors at Commencement. Photos available for purchase include shots of individual graduates receiving their diplomas from the president and a photo of the entire Class of 2003. Pre-ordering is not necessary. Proofs of the photos can be viewed online at N-Sinc offers three packages ranging in price from $12 to $20. Photographers can be contacted by calling 865.546.0977.

Alumni T-shirts, sweatshirts, bumper stickers and special diploma frames are just a few great items that will help publicize a graduation. Stop by the bookstore during Commencement Weekend to see what’s for sale.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.