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Guest Information for Winter Undergraduate Ceremony

December 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Heiges Field House

Inclement Weather Notification & Plans

In case of inclement weather, information about commencement will be available on Hotline (717-477-1200). Hotline will be updated as needed. Final information will be available by 7:00 a.m. December 16. Hotline, the university’s website, and the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, are the official sources of information about commencement.

General Information

  • Tickets: No tickets are required to attend the ceremony. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To help ensure a smooth start to the program, visitors are asked to be seated no later than 10:30 a.m. Seating is on bleachers without backs.
  • Parking: Parking will be restricted to designated areas. Shippensburg University Police will direct family and guests to parking areas. Handicap parking will be available behind Heiges Field House.
  • Admission: Doors to Heiges Field House open at 9:00 a.m. for guests. Light refreshments will be available. The academic procession begins promptly at 11:00 a.m.; the ceremony should end by 1:00 p.m.
  • Guests with special needs: Graduates should make seating arrangements for guests with special needs in writing by December 8. This request must be made by the graduate from his or her email account and sent to Please include the guest’s name and the name of one person who will sit with them. An interpreter (signer) will be at the ceremony.
  • Restrooms: Restroom facilities are limited. Portable restrooms will be available just outside the arena. The Ceddia Union Building will be open for additional restroom facilities.
  • Photographs: Family and guests are not permitted to approach the stage to photograph graduates. We encourage you to take your photos from the photo area available to the right of the graduates and stage. A professional photographer from GradImages will photograph each graduate as he or she receives congratulations from President Patterson. The firm will contact the graduates concerning interest in purchasing photos. The firm’s website is To pre-register for commencement proofs and receive a coupon, visit
  • Alternate viewing: The ceremony will be streamed on and broadcast on Xfinity/Comcast Community Access Channel 1070.
  • Flowers: You may purchase flowers for your graduate at Commencement or pre-order at The flower sale is sponsored by the Shippensburg University Men’s & Women’s Swim Team.
  • Alcohol: Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Beverages will be confiscated and violators will be evicted from the facility.
  • Graduate seating: Seating is in two columns. The column on the left facing the stage, will be the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education & Human Services. The column on the right facing the stage, will be the College of Arts & Sciences. Please see this map.

For further information, please e-mail