Letter to Parents and Families

To The Families of the Class of 2018

President Mullen, the faculty, and staff of Allegheny College cordially invite you to attend a weekend steeped in tradition – Commencement 2018 in the 203rd year of the College. In addition to the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday and the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, many events have been planned for graduates and their families. A schedule and description of Commencement activities and a dinner reservation form are available on this web site. Check back for updates.

The Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bicentennial Plaza on Bentley Lawn or in the Wise Center Sports Forum, depending on weather conditions. Graduate processional starts at 1:30 p.m. and will arrive at the ceremony location at 1:50 p.m. Tickets are required for admission to the ceremony only if it is held in the Wise Center. Four (4) Commencement tickets will be given directly to your graduating student. In inclement weather, closed circuit broadcast will be available in Shafer Auditorium to guests not holding tickets. If the ceremony is held at the Bicentennial Plaza, a closed circuit broadcast will be available in nearby Schultz Banquet Hall for those who prefer to sit inside.

A buffet dinner is offered on Friday evening and an All-College Farewell Reception will immediately follow the ceremony on Saturday.

While many of the events do not require reservations, please note that advanced reservations are required for the Friday Evening Dinner . The dinner is NOT mandatory and there will be NO program; seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, all reservation requests must be received by the Office of Conference & Event Services by Friday, April 13. We are sorry, but due to our commitment to suppliers, we cannot accept reservations after that date. We recommend that you coordinate your weekend plans with your graduating student early enough to accommodate your needs.

If you have any questions about Commencement events, please contact the Office of Conference & Event Services at 814-332-3101. We look forward to celebrating this memorable occasion with you. Congratulations!