Parents & Families

To the Families of the Class of 2019

President Mullen, the faculty, and staff of Allegheny College cordially invite you to attend a weekend steeped in tradition – Commencement 2019 in the 204th 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 reservations are available on this web site.

A procession of the graduating class, dressed in academic regalia, opens the first of the official Commencement Weekend ceremonies. While rooted in Protestant Christianity, Allegheny’s Baccalaureate embraces diverse religions and speaks to the spiritual aspect of this moment in the lives of all graduates.

The Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at 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 five (5) per graduate and can be picked up by your graduate in the Office of Conference & Event Services May 6-9, 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 announced in April.

A buffet dinner is offered 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 the Friday Evening Dinner ($26 per adult/ $12 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 & Event Services by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19. 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 student early enough to accommodate your needs.

Second Saturday Community Market

May 11th 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 student 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 their 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 student’s graduation—please contact the Office of College Relations 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!