Contact Information

Undergraduate students: For information, call Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202 or send e-mail to SUnews@ship.edu.

Graduate students: For information, view Graduate Commencement or call Shirley Smith at 477-1148 or send e-mail to smsmit@ship.edu

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General Information

Web Coverage

The Spring 2014 graduate commencement ceremony will be available online by clicking here.

The Spring 2014 undergraduate commencement ceremony is available online by clicking here.

Live coverage of the ceremonies will be on the Comcast Community Access Channel 21 and Campus Cable Channel 82.

Undergraduate Commencement Video Order Form 

Graduate Commencement Video Order Form

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Getting to Ship

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Information for Family and Visitors
to Spring Undergraduate Commencement

May 10, 2014     

Following is information for family members and guests of students participating in the Shippensburg University Undergraduate Commencement program May 10, 2014. 

  • Parking: University Police will direct visitors to designated parking areas.
  • Inclement weather plans: Up-to-date information about commencement will be available by calling Hotline at 477-1200. Information will be placed on Hotline beginning Friday morning, May 9, and will be updated as needed. Final information on the ceremony will be available beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 10 on Hotline and the university’s website at www.ship.edu. In the event of inclement weather, commencement will be in Heiges Field House in two ceremonies with participants to attend the ceremonies based on their colleges. Members of the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony and members of the College of Arts and Sciences will participate in the 3 p.m. ceremony. Tickets will be required for guests for both ceremonies. The decision to move indoors will be made by Interim President Harpster as soon as he can to allow time to notify graduates and their guests.
  • Tickets: No tickets are required for the outdoor ceremony. Seating is on a first come, first-served basis. If inclement weather forces a move into Heiges Field House, each graduate in both ceremonoes will receive tickets for guests. ONLY TICKET HOLDERS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE FIELD HOUSE. The number of tickets for each graduate will be announced in late April when the final number of graduates is determined. No tickets will be mailed. Tickets do not guarantee a specific seat as seating is on a first come, first-served basis. A “will-call” arrangement is planned for graduates unable to visit the store before commencement. If graduates cannot stop in the store before May 10, they may send an e-mail to shipstore@bkstr.com requesting the tickets be held for pick-up. Any graduate who does not need all allotted tickets is asked to leave the extra tickets with the University Store to be added to a pool for other graduates. Any extra tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to two additional tickets per graduate. Alternate viewing sites will be available into which the ceremony will be broadcast live, whether it is outdoors or indoors. No tickets are needed for entrance to these sites. These sites include the Ceddia Union Building (indoor or outdoor ceremonies) and other selected facilities if the ceremonies are indoors.
  • Guests with special needs: Graduates should make arrangements for seating for guests with special needs by contacting the Office of University Communications and Marketing in writing by May 2. THIS REQUEST MUST BE MADE BY THE GRADUATE FROM HIS OR HER SHIP.EDU E-MAIL ACCOUNT. Special designated areas will be available for individuals who require special assistance. An interpreter (signer) will be at the ceremony.  
  • Restrooms: Restroom facilities are under the grandstand and adjacent to the visitors’ bleachers. The Ceddia Union Building also will be open for those needing restroom facilities upon arrival to campus
  • Guest admission: Gates to Seth Grove Stadium open at 9 a.m. for guest admission. Light refreshments will be available for guests who arrive early. Refreshment stands also will be open. Guests should arrive in time to be seated by 10:30 a.m. The academic procession begins promptly at 11 a.m. The ceremony ends at approximately 1 p.m. If the ceremony is moved indoors, guests are asked to be in their seats 30 minutes prior to the start of the program
  • Photographs: Family and guests will not be permitted on the field or near the stage to take pictures. A photograph of each graduate will be taken by the official photographer, Grad Images, which will contact graduates with details. The firm’s website is www.gradtrak.com.
  • Alcohol: Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Beverages will be confiscated and violators will be evicted from the facility.

For further information, please contact Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202, or by e-mail at SUnews@ship.edu.