Commencement Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 13, 2016

Time Details
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast – McKinley’s Food Court
An assortment of Danish pastries, muffins, coffeecake, whole fruit, juice and coffee will be available for purchase.
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Commencement Concert – Ford Chapel
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Senior Projects Exhibit – Art Galleries, Doane Hall of Art, Campus Center
This show features work in a wide variety of media, produced by students for Art Department Senior Projects.
4:15 -4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Preparation – Campus Center
All graduating seniors should report to the second floor in the Campus Center by 4:45 p.m. with cap and gown to line up for the Baccalaureate processional. Faculty marshals will give you instructions for the ceremony.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Baccalaureate – Raymond P. Shafer Auditorium, Campus Center
A procession of the graduating class, dressed in academic regalia, opens the first of the official Commencement Weekend ceremonies. A traditional event originating in colonial America, the Baccalaureate reflects the celebration of private and religious freedom in America. The Baccalaureate service welcomes the Allegheny College community in an ecumenical celebration led by the Rev. Jane Ellen Nickell, Chaplain of the College.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday Evening Dinner – Brooks Dining Hall
Reservations required; this dinner is NOT mandatory and there is NO program.

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

Time Details
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony – Ford Chapel
Noon Rehearsal for Graduates – Wise Center Performance Arena (rain or shine).
MANDATORY! Graduates, please arrive at noon in academic gown to get your seating assignment, line up position and receive instructions in advance of the Commencement Ceremony. We allow just enough time to accomplish this process, and your cooperation is appreciated (and needed). Graduates are honored individually, and we want to be sure you receive the right diploma! You will proceed directly from rehearsal to the Commencement Ceremony site.
1:30 p.m. Academic Procession – Brooks Walk (Rain Location: Wise Center)
This is the official procession of graduates across campus to the ceremony on the Bicentennial Plaza.
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony – Bicentennial Plaza on Bentley Lawn (Rain Location: Wise Center Sports Forum)
The formal graduation ceremony! A formal procession of students and faculty in academic regalia opens this traditional ceremony. A Presidential welcome and presentation of the honorary degree recipients and their remarks precede the conferring of degrees upon degree recipients. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Wise Center Sports Forum; closed circuit viewing will be set up in Raymond P. Shafer Auditorium. Even if the ceremony is held on Bentley Lawn, a closed circuit broadcast will be available in nearby Schultz Dining Hall for those who prefer to sit inside. Be prepared for any type of Meadville weather!
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. All-College Departmental Reception – Brooks Walk (Rain Location: Campus Center lobby)
An opportunity for graduates to introduce their family to faculty and staff and to say goodbye to classmates in an informal relaxed atmosphere.