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Senior Class Events

Throughout the year, members of the Senior Class participate in several important events and functions.   Some events are formal, while others require that participants wear their senior robes and regalia.

  • Convocation – 1st week of classes
  • Silent Auction – WildCat Weekend (Family & Homecoming Weekend), late September
  • Pumpkin Parade – late October
  • Mid-Year Graduation Lunch-last day of fall semester classes
  • Senior Reception – mid-January
  • Senior Dinner Dance Weekend -mid March
  • Founders’ Day – late March
  • Final Friday – Commencement Weekend -Friday afternoon
  • Daisy Chain – Commencement Weekend – Friday afternoon
  • Senior Cocktail Party – Commencement Weekend – Friday afternoon
  • Baccalaureate – Commencement Weekend – Saturday morning
  • Garden Party- Commencement Weekend – Saturday evening
  • Commencement Rehearsal – Commencement Weekend – Sunday morning
  • Commencement Ceremony – Commencement Weekend- Sunday morning


Randolph College celebrates the official opening of each academic year during the first week of classes in Smith Hall Theatre. Convocation features time-honored traditions, including lively cheering and singing between the seniors and the sophomores. Speakers at Convocation include President Bateman and the current student government president. Seniors are encouraged to wear graduation robes, button stoles (optional), and funny hats (optional).

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is held annually during WildCat Weekend (Family & Homecoming Weekend) in September. It is the main fundraiser organized by, and held solely to benefit, the senior class in support of Senior Dinner Dance Weekend which is held every March. Support from families of the senior class is greatly appreciated.  Past donation items have included a weekend stay at a vacation home, gift baskets, paintings, professional services, etc.

Pumpkin Parade

This tradition begins with the ringing of the Conway Bell the Wednesday evening prior to the weekend of Pumpkin Parade and culminates with the Pumpkin Parade on Sunday evening. Seniors are encouraged to wear graduation robes, button stoles (optional), and funny hats (optional) as they receive pumpkins from the sophomores.

Mid-Year Graduation Lunch

For seniors who are graduating mid-year, a formal luncheon will be held on the last day of fall semester classes to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments. Invitations will be sent to qualifying seniors in November.

Senior Reception

Held in the January of the spring semester, this event offers an opportunity for seniors and the faculty to celebrate “the beginning of the end.” All eligible seniors will be invited to attend in early January.

Senior Dinner Dance Weekend

Senior Dinner Dance Weekend (SDD), relies on the successful fundraising of the Silent Auction, held every September during WildCat Weekend (Family & Homecoming Weekend). SDD Weekend is a fun-filled, celebratory weekend for seniors, featuring informal and formal events.  Invitations will be extended to all qualified seniors early in the spring semester.

Founders’ Day

Every March, the senior class gathers to help the College celebrate it’s anniversary and our first president, William Waugh Smith.  Featured speakers include President Bateman, the student government president, and the senior class president.  Musical performances are also provided by Songshine and Voices, followed by a senior-sophomore serenade.  Seniors are encouraged to wear graduation robes, button stoles (optional), and funny hats (optional).

Final Friday

**Required for all seniors.** Seniors will sign their class banner, enter for a chance to win door prizes, complete the senior survey, and pick up their cap, hood, tassel, and rain tickets. Regalia items will not be given out prior to Final Friday.

Daisy Chain

The traditional Daisy Chain event will be held on Front Campus on the Friday of commencement weekend. Daisy Chain has been a Commencement event since the early 1900s. The seniors will assemble in rows on the steps of Martin Science Building in their button-adorned academic robes and funny hats. (Seniors cover their robes and/or button stoles with buttons they have carefully collected during their years at Randolph.) The sophomores, sister class of the seniors, will carry the daisy chain across front campus to Martin Science Building, following the traditional Crush Path. When they reach Martin Science Building, the sophomores will move among the seniors and, amidst a sister-class serenade, pass the daisy chain into the arms of the seniors. The seniors will then process with the daisy chain from the steps of Martin Science Building to the Sundial, located in front of Wright Hall. The Daisy Chain ceremony lasts about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Senior Cocktail Party

Open to seniors only (no guests), President Bateman and Cyndi Lee invite you to join them for a formal cocktail reception to celebrate your accomplishments. Cocktail attire recommended.


This celebration of faith and thanksgiving is open to all seniors, families, friends, and guests who wish to attend.  A rehearsal will be held on Friday of commencement weekend and the actual ceremony will be held on Saturday morning, both in the Houston Chapel.  Only those who have active roles in the ceremony will be required to attend rehearsal.

Garden Party

The Saturday evening Garden Party, held in Michels Plaza (Hampson Commons if rain) is for all graduates and their guests. Mix and mingle with classmates, faculty, staff, family and friends on the eve of your commencement.

Commencement Rehearsal

**Required for all seniors and squires.** Graduates and their squires will meet promptly at 8 a.m. in Michels Plaza for commencement rehearsal (rain site: Smith Memorial Building, Smith Banquet Hall).  Because rehearsal times may vary, everyone must be ready to go in full dress for commencement.  This includes graduation robe, cap, tassel, and hood.  Button stoles are not worn during the commencement ceremony.


Graduates and their squires will meet promptly at 9:30 a.m. in Michels Plaza to line-up for the procession (rain site: Smith Memorial Building, Smith Banquet Hall). Graduates must be ready to go in full dress for commencement.  This includes graduation robe, cap, tassel, and hood.  Button stoles are not worn during the commencement ceremony. Squires will stand to the left side of the graduates.

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