Parents & Families

To the Families of the Class of 2015

President Mullen, the faculty, and staff of Allegheny College cordially invite you to attend a weekend steeped in tradition – Commencement 2015 in the 200th year of the College. In addition to the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday and the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, several events have been planned for graduates and their families. A schedule and description of Commencement activities and a reservation form for dinner and room reservations are available on this web site.

A procession of the graduating class in academic regalia opens the Baccalaureate service, held on Friday afternoon and the first of the official Commencement Weekend ceremonies. Historically a religious service, the Baccalaureate service at Allegheny is a celebration of this milestone in all of our students’ lives and features readings from various faith traditions represented in the class and reflections by Chaplain Jane Ellen Nickell.

The Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the new Bicentennial Plaza on Bentley lawn or in the Wise Center Sports Forum, depending on weather conditions. Tickets are required for admission to the ceremony only if it is held in the Wise Center. Tickets are limited to four (4) per graduate and can be picked up by your graduate in the Office of Conference and Event Services May 5 – 7, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed circuit broadcast will be available in Shafer Auditorium for guests not holding tickets. If the ceremony is held on the Bicentennial Plaza, a closed circuit broadcast will be available in nearby Schultz Banquet Hall for those who prefer to sit inside.

This year’s Commencement speaker will be Honorary Degree recipient Mark Shields, a PBS political analyst and author. Additional Honorary Degree recipients are Dan and Patricia Rooney, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Herb Niles, Allegheny College Trustee.

We invite those of you who have not yet obtained accommodations to reserve rooms in a College residence hall. A linen packet including bottom and top sheets, a light blanket, a towel and washcloth will be placed in each room; pillows and heavy blankets are NOT provided. For your convenience, meals will be available for purchase on campus. In addition, a seated buffet dinner Friday evening and a reception for all academic departments immediately following the ceremony Saturday afternoon.

While many of the events do not require reservations, please note that advanced reservations are required for room accommodations ($20 per person per night) and the Friday Evening Dinner ($20 per adult/ $10 per child). 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 and Events by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17. 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 son or daughter early enough to accommodate your needs.

Second Saturday Community Market

May 9th is the Second Saturday Community Market Spring Celebration! Visit the market Saturday morning to enjoy some live music, entertainment, food, vendors, and local artists, or spend some time at the market as your son or daughter attends rehearsal for the big day. The market runs from 9am to 2pm and will be held at the Market House in Meadville, 910 Market St. For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Hometown Releases

Note to Parents: If you would like to send out a “hometown release”—a news release that is sent to your local newspaper to announce your son or daughter’s graduation—please contact the Office of Campus Communications at 814-332-5950 or They can provide you with a template for a news release that you can then customize for your local newspaper.

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