Student Life

Graduation: May 16, 2015


DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ 11 am

LOCATION: Rm. 804, Watkins Campus

Graduates must attend the rehearsal. Graduates will rehearse the graduation process and receive final instructions – and regalia. A reception hosted by Watkins alumni follows the rehearsal.


Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00pm

LOCATION: Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave N Nashville, Tennessee.

Graduating students must arrive at the church at 12:30 p.m. Report to the lower level area of the church at the side entrance (fifth avenue). Graduates will take a group photo on the front church steps.

LINE OF MARCH: Begins promptly at 1:30pm! Students will be lined up in alphabetical order in accordance with their degree program.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Karen Moynahan, Executive Director of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).


Regalia and academic honor cords will be distributed at graduation rehearsal.  Please remember that the regalia is yours to keep and decoration of your mortarboard is strongly encouraged!


Graduates and their guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy refreshments, which will be served in the Fellowship Hall (lower level of church) immediately following the close of graduation ceremonies.


  • Clear all holds from the Library and Business Office (see Registrar if you are not sure)
  • Financial Aid Loan Exit Counseling Session (see below)
  • Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal on campus (date tbd)
  • Meet promptly at Downtown Presbyterian Church Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:30 p.m. with your cap and gown!

Graduate Exit Interview: Graduates are required to fill out the Graduate Exit Interview online or meet with Patrick DeGuira, Career Services Coordinator prior to graduation.

Financial Aid Loan Exit Counseling Session:

If you have borrowed from the Federal Student Loan Program at any time during your enrollment at Watkins, you are required to

  1. Complete an ONLINE EXIT and
  1. Schedule your PERSONAL EXIT INTERVIEW by contacting the Financial Aid Office at [email protected]

Announcements/Memorabilia: You are not required to purchase graduation announcements and Watkins does not collect nor place this order for you. If desired, you may visit the Balfour website to order online graduation announcements and other graduation products mailed direct to your home – class rings are now available!

Graduation Ceremony & Reception: The ceremony is at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at The Downtown Presbyterian Church located at 154 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219. The church is one of Nashville’s treasured historic buildings and provides an elegant setting for the event. Please visit for a map and directions. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the church’s Fellowship Hall (lower level of church). You are welcome to invite family and friends to share in this memorable experience. All graduates are to arrive at the church by 12:30 p.m. to dress, have a class photo taken and line up for the ceremony. Line up will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Parking is not available at the church; however, there are several parking garages/lots in the immediate vicinity, so please arrive early.

Academic Honors: Three academic distinctions are awarded to graduating students. This honor is recognized at graduation and appears on the student’s official transcript. Academic honors can be noted on resume as an academic achievement.

  • Summa Cum Laude is awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA is 3.90 or higher.
  • Magna Cum Laude is awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA is 3.70-3.89.
  • Cum Laude is awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA is 3.50-3.69.

It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the requirements for his or her major or program of studies as specified in the catalog under which the student was admitted and to be sure that all such requirements are met. Failure to be aware of a requirement does not excuse a student from completing it. Graduating seniors should check their respective catalog for graduation requirement information.