Frequently Asked Questions

My address has changed — who do I contact so my diploma is mailed to the correct address?

You must update/edit your address in self service in order to receive your diploma.  Diplomas should be mailed by mid June.

What days are Senior Week activities?

The Sr. Class Officers are in the process of determining the best way to celebrate the Class of 2022.  There will be Sr. focused celebrations throughout the semester.

Will the College provide housing for students returning to participate in Commencement?

Unfortunately, the College does not have the capacity to house returning graduates on campus.  We understand the Meadville area has limited hotel accommodations and suggest your guests look to surrounding areas such as Grove City, Edinboro, and Erie, as well as Airbnb.

How do I get my cap and gown?

All participants in Commencement must appear in cap and gown. Caps and gowns will be available in the Merriman Bookstore  beginning the week of  April 18th. The cap/gown set includes a black gown, black mortarboard, and black tassel with a gold 2022 medallion. Price for the set is $50.  PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to be measured for your cap and gown. The caps are one size fits all, and the gowns are bulk ordered by height.

January graduates who are participating and want their cap and gown mailed to them must call the Bookstore at 814-332-5369.

How do we register for the ceremony?

An email will be sent to you from the Office of the Registrar asking if you will be participating in the ceremony. If you do not respond to this email, there will be no seat or tickets held for you.

Will the ceremony be live-streamed?

Yes — information for the live stream will be on the Commencement website the day of Commencement.

How do I get my tickets?

Tickets will be handed out May 17-19.  All graduates will receive four tickets.  No exceptions.  Those students who completed their study in December and are coming back to walk in the ceremony, may pick up their tickets at the Campus Center box office at noon on Saturday, May 21.

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 student’s graduation—please contact the Office of Marketing & Communications at 814-332-2746 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 & Event Services at 814-332-3101. We look forward to celebrating this memorable occasion with you. Congratulations!