Family and Guest Information for Spring Undergraduate Ceremony


Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, May 7, we’ve decided to move the undergraduate commencement ceremony indoors to Heiges Field House and host two separate ceremonies as outlined below.

This change is made with an abundance of caution to provide the very best experience possible for our graduates and guests and to provide advanced notice so you may adjust your travel and celebration plans. 

Tickets are required for each undergraduate ceremony and only ticket holders will be admitted. Tickets have been issued to students and no additional tickets are available. Guests without tickets may view a live stream of the ceremony. 

May 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in Seth Grove Stadium

Members of the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education & Human Services will participate in the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.   

Members of the College of Arts & Sciences will participate in the 3:00 p.m. ceremony. 

Family and Guest Information

  • Tickets: Students have been issued tickets for the ceremony. No additional tickets will be granted. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  
  • Parking: Shippensburg University Police and directional signs will direct your family and guests to parking areas.
  • Guest Admission: Doors at Heiges Field House will open at 9:00 a.m. for guests attending the 11:00 a.m ceremony. Please ask your guests to arrive and be seated by 10:30. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for guests attending the 3:00 p.m. ceremony. Please ask your guests to arrive and be seated by 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
  • Guests with Special Needs: You should make arrangements for any of your guests with special needs by emailing by April 29. The email should include the guest’s name and the name of one person who will sit with them.  An interpreter (signer) will be at the ceremony.
  • Photographs: Family and guests are not permitted to approach the stage to photograph graduates. A roster with your name and address will be sent to GradImages.  Their photographer will photograph you as you receive congratulations from Interim President Patterson.  The firm will contact you concerning your interest in purchasing photos.  The firm’s website is
  • Alternative viewing  for indoor or outdoor ceremonies are on MediaSite Stream and Xfinity/Comcast Community Access Channel 1070.
  • Flowers: You may purchase flowers for your graduate at Commencement or pre-order at com/shippensburg. 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.

For further information, please e-mail