The Class Day ceremony is planned and presented by the members of the senior class. Although it varies from year to year, the event traditionally gives seniors an opportunity to acknowledge publicly achievements and contributions of members of the class and University community.
The program includes the awarding of various prizes to classmates, student speeches, honorary class member inductions, a review of the class history, and remarks by President Christopher L. Eisgruber and a guest speaker who this year is film director Christopher Nolan.
Each senior receives four guest tickets, which may be used either for the Cannon Green site or, in the case of severe weather, for simulcast locations which are: McCosh 10 and Dillon Gym. Also Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture, Alexander Hall, and McCormick 101 all of which are air conditioned and accessible. A campus map to locate these simulcast sites is at this link. In the case of severe weather, seniors assemble in the chapel.
- 9:30 a.m. Seniors gather in the courtyard of Dod/Brown. Seniors go directly to the chapel in case of severe weather. Seniors wear senior jackets.
- 10:00 a.m. Class Day Procession. Class officers lead seniors onto Cannon Green (there is no procession for an indoor Class Day).
- 10:30 a.m.–noon. Class Day Ceremony. Cannon Green. (Chapel for seniors; simulcast locations for guests in case of severe weather.)