Faculty & Staff

Letter To Faculty, Administrators and Staff

For Faculty and Staff participating in Commencement:

Child Care will be provided at the Meadville Children’s Center in the Oddfellows building from 12:30 pm to 5:30pm. Child Care staff will ask you to fill out emergency information when you drop off your child(ren).
You must fill out this form (https://alleghenycollege.wufoo.com/forms/commencement-child-care) no later than Wednesday May 1st.

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 2024 at 2:00 pm. So that you can plan your schedule to celebrate your students’ successes and meet their families, below is the 2024 Commencement Schedule of Events.

Commencement Ceremony – May 11, 2024

The Commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 pm and will be held on Bicentennial Plaza or in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held on the blue courts in the Wise Sport & Fitness Center.

Typically, formal Commencement exercises are held once each year in May, although the faculty confers degrees on three separate occasions during the academic year. All administrators are excused from walking in the Commencement exercises this May.  Faculty members are responsible for procuring appropriate academic costume.  Faculty will be processing in the Commencement ceremony and should assemble along Brooks Walk by 1:30 pm.

Administration is required to walk or work.   Numerous workers are needed for the day.  Please contact Conference & Event Services at events@allegheny.edu to sign up.

For those who have rented caps and gowns, academic regalia will be available in the Bookstore on Friday, May 10th and can be picked up anytime during regular store hours between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm. Rented gowns should be returned to the Bookstore on Monday, May 13, 2024.


The schedule on Friday includes Baccalaureate, in which the senior processional opens the ecumenical service at 4:30 p.m. in Ford Chapel. 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.

All-College Reception

The All-College Departmental Reception will be held at the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony. Each academic department will host graduates and families at their table labeled with their academic department. Weather permitting, Faculty should meet along Brooks Walk at your department table.  If we are forced inside due to weather, Faculty should meet guests in the Campus Center. Workers may be stationed at the entrances/exits to monitor the capacity for each building.  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.

Commencement Tickets

We are offering five (5) admission tickets to each of our graduates for their families. With these numbers, we have exhausted our seating capacity. Those without tickets can view the live stream of the ceremonies. The link to the live stream will be available on the Commencement website Saturday morning.  There will also be a post on My Allegheny with the link.  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 student walk across the Commencement stage.

For questions concerning Commencement events, call the Office of Conference & Event Services at 332-3101.