Information for Faculty:
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
May 12, 2018 11:00 a.m.

The spring commencement ceremonies are May 11 for graduate students and May 12 for undergraduate students.  The graduate ceremony is 7:00 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and the undergraduate ceremony is 11:00 a.m. in Seth Grove Stadium.  Information on the graduate ceremony will be shared by the School of Graduate Studies. 

  • Faculty Participation:  The Commencement Committee invites faculty to participate.  A poll will be taken to determine the number of faculty participants to provide an accurate count of required seats.
  • Cap and gown:  Faculty members who wish to order academic regalia are asked to contact the University Store at ext. 1600 from on campus or 717-477-1600 from off campus.
  • Diploma presentation:  If you want to present a diploma cover to a family member or a student who is graduating, please e-mail by May 4.
  • Robing:  Please use the entrance in the middle of the grandstands.  Faculty will assemble by 10:30 a.m. in the Red Raider locker room to the right. The platform party, administrators, special participants, etc. will robe in the Sports Medicine room to the left.
  • Academic procession: The academic procession will form at 10:45 a.m. and start promptly at 11:00 a.m.  The mace bearer will lead the processional followed by members of the 50-year class, graduates, faculty, trustees, administrators, and then the platform party.  Faculty who elect not to recess so they may meet with graduates are asked to step aside so other faculty may continue in the recessional.
  • Inclement Weather: In case of inclement weather, information about commencement will be available on Hotline (717-477‑1200).  The decision to move indoors will be made as soon as possible, even as early as Friday, May 11.  Hotline will be updated as needed.  Final information will be available by 7:00 a.m. May 12.  Hotline, the university’s website, and the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, are the official sources of information about commencement.

In the event of inclement weather, commencement will be held in Heiges Field House in two separate ceremonies based on colleges.  Graduates of the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education & Human Services will participate at 11:00 a.m.  Graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences will participate at 3:00 p.m.

If the ceremony is moved indoors, faculty participants are asked to robe at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their respective ceremony.

Should you have any questions concerning your participation in the ceremony, please e-mail