We regretfully share the news that Commencement, planned for Saturday, May 9, will be postponed.
This decision was based on the CDC recommendation that, during the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S. We understand that this necessary postponement will come as a tremendous disappointment to our graduating seniors, and we are firmly committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 and their achievements at a later date.
Updated: March 17, 2020
Letter To Faculty, Administrators and Staff
At the conclusion of the 2019-2020 academic year, we will be looking forward to this year’s Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. So that you can plan your schedule to celebrate your students’ successes and meet their families, below is the 2020 Commencement Schedule of Events.
Senior Week – May 6-8
As most of you know, each year the senior class officers plan a series of activities during Senior Week so they can get together as a class. Plans for Senior week are currently under discussion.
Class Day / Baccalaureate – May 8
The schedule on Friday includes Baccalaureate, in which the senior processional opens the ecumenical service at 4:30 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. All faculty, administrators and staff are invited. Please note: faculty and administrators are encouraged to march in the Baccalaureate processional but it is not mandatory. Jane Ellen Nickell, Chaplain of the College, will deliver the sermon.
Friday Evening Dinner – May 8
Tickets for the dinner held on Friday at 6:00 p.m. are available for you and any guests that you wish to invite ($26.00 for adults, $12.00 for children aged 6 – 12, children under 6 are free). Please contact Conference & Event Services at x3101 by April 17 if you are planning to attend; reservations are required by this date and seating is limited.
Commencement Ceremony – May 9
The Commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Wise Center Sports Forum. Closed circuit viewing will be available in Shafer Auditorium for guests who cannot be accommodated in the Wise Center.
Formal Commencement exercises are held once each year in May, although the faculty confers degrees on three separate occasions during the academic year. All faculty are expected to participate in the commencement exercises unless excused in advance by the Provost; faculty members are responsible for procuring appropriate academic costume.
Please plan to arrive by 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, May 9, with your cap and gown. We will meet in the concourse above the Wise Center Performance Arena. You may recall that, by faculty vote, we do not line up in any rank or seniority order, but marshals do ask that we present ourselves in a dignified double row. Commencement programs will be distributed during the processional line-up.
If you have not purchased or rented your academic regalia yet, please contact Denise McHale in the College Bookstore (x5325). For those who have rented caps and gowns, academic regalia will be available in the Bookstore beginning Monday, April 27, and can be picked up anytime during regular store hours. Rented gowns should be returned to the Bookstore on Monday, May 11.
All-College Reception – May 9
The All-College Departmental Reception will be held at the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony (approximately 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ~ on Quade Walk (Murray Lawn) to Senior Circle; rain location – Campus Center various locations). Each academic department will have tables with signs. We will have a table for administrators and staff who would like to greet families. We hope that this reception will provide everyone with the opportunity to spend a few special moments celebrating a very important occasion here at Allegheny College.
We offer six (6) admission tickets to each of our graduates and special guest tickets to the families of the platform party speakers and faculty emeriti. With these numbers, we have exhausted our seating capacity. Those without tickets can view the ceremony in comfort on a large screen in Shafer Auditorium. We hope that this is not an inconvenience, but this is one of those areas where we have little flexibility and we want to make sure the families of the graduates are able to see their son or daughter graduate.
For questions concerning Commencement events, call the Office of Conference & Event Services at 332-3101