Commencement weekend at DePauw University is being reshaped for 2012.
The reshaping will commence with the baccalaureate ceremony, which will now be celebrated on Saturday afternoon, May 19.
DePauw's Baccalaureate Service is considered a celebration of the spirit of the university and an opportunity to give thanks for the time spent together over the past four years. As a community, DePauw will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class through music, readings and reflections.
Then, the night before commencement, East College lawn will be lit with lanterns and torches, champagne and cake will be served, and a big band will play great American standards.
DePauw Under the Stars has become a signature event for the weekend, bringing together the entire community -- students, families, friends, faculty and staff -- to celebrate.
This year, for the first time, a dance floor will be set up on the lawn.
DePauw's 173rd commencement ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 20 in Holton Quadrangle on the DePauw campus.
James B. Stewart -- a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, New York Times columnist and 1973 graduate of DPU -- will deliver the principal address to the Class of 2012.
Approximately 530 students will receive degrees.