Commencement 2017

Services and Ceremonies

Baccalaureate services for the Class of 2017 are planned for 10:00 a.m. (lineup at 9:30 a.m.), Sunday, May 21, in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Dr. Frances Henderson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Maryville College, will be this year's speaker. The title of her sermon is "Doing Good on the Largest Scale Possible." The service is open to the public.

Graduation exercises for the Class of 2017 will be held later that same day at 3:30 p.m. on the lawn between Anderson Hall and Sutton Science Center (lineup at 2:30 p.m.).  The Commencement speaker will be Mr. Jack N. Spencer, Retired President, Public Health Management Systems, Inc. His address is titled, "You Are Now Entering The Mission Field." There will be no tickets and attendance will not be limited if the ceremony is held outside.

In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved to the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center. Entrance to the inclement weather location is by ticket only and each graduate will be allotted three (3) tickets. All non-ticket guests will be directed to the Boydson Baird Gymnasium in the Cooper Athletic Center where the ceremony will be broadcast live in high definition on the large screen. The decision to move inside will be announced on the MC Website and at Baccalaureate on Sunday morning. Seniors will be able to pick up tickets during graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 19 (a photo ID will be required to pick up tickets and they must be signed for).

The president invites all graduates, their families and friends, and Commencement participants to attend a reception honoring Maryville College's 2017 graduates immediately following Commencement. It will be held in the Clayton Center Foyer.

For questions concerning the Baccalaureate or Commencement ceremonies, please contact Laura Case at 865.981.8102 or by e-mail at



The Class of 2017 will hold graduation rehearsal in the Alumni Gym at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19. Seniors who are marching are encouraged to bring a pen or pencil. Inclement weather tickets will be distributed during graduation rehearsal. A photo ID will be required to pick up tickets and they must be signed for.


Photography and DVD Purchases


PhotoPlay Studios 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 2017. Pre-ordering is not necessary. Proofs of the photos can be viewed online at, and will be available for viewing by the afternoon of June 2nd. PhotoPlay Studios offers several packages ranging in price from $14.95 to $29.95. Questions about photography should be directed to the photographers by calling 865-546-0977.

Class Photos: Graduates are to assemble at 2:00 p.m. in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium in the Cooper Athletic Center for the Class of 2017 photo.

Individual Photos: We ask that parents and guests refrain from coming forward for pictures during the ceremony. A professional photographer from PhotoPlay Studios will be capturing individual photos of the president presenting the graduate with his/her diploma. 

DVD Purchases:

Streaming video of Maryville's 198th Commencement Exercises will be broadcast live in high definition by PopFizzTM. A direct link to the ceremony will be available from the Maryville College homepage. The broadcast will be archived on the MC website within hours of the ceremony's conclusion. Questions regarding the broadcast should be directed to Karen Eldridge at 865-981-8207, or at

To purchase a DVD copy of the ceremony in its entirety, please use the tab at the top left of this page and fill out the online form. The cost is $20 per copy which includes shipping and handling. The deadline to order is Monday, May 22.