Parents & Families

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

To the Families of the Class of 2020

President Link, the faculty, and staff of Allegheny College cordially invite you to attend a weekend steeped in tradition – Commencement 2020 in the 205th 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 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Wise Center Sports Forum. Tickets are required for admission to the ceremony. Tickets are limited to  six (6) per graduate and can be picked up by your graduate in the Office of Conference & Event Services May 4-7, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed circuit broadcast will be available in Shafer Auditorium for guests not holding tickets.

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 17. 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 9th 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!