Student Information

Caps & Gowns

Caps & Gowns will be available for purchase in the Bookstore for $50 beginning the week of April 17th. If you are not currently on campus but will be participating in Commencement, you can pick up and pay for your cap and gown at the Merriman Bookstore in the Campus Center, beginning at 8:00 am Saturday, May 13th.


Students walking in Commencement will receive four (4) tickets.  Students will be notified of when and where they may pick up their tickets.  Family members without tickets are invited to watch the livestream or closed circuit viewing in Shafer Auditorium.

Location will be announced the morning of May 13th and posted to My Allegheny and the Commencement website.

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Wise Center at 2 p.m. Wise Center doors will open at noon. Additional seating will be available in Shafer Auditorium, which provides comfortable seating and big-screen viewing of the ceremony.


Masks will be required at Commencement for the indoor ceremony. Students are permitted up to four visitors, and that will include elderly or medically vulnerable guests who may or may not be vaccinated. To protect those at risk for severe illness from COVID-19, we ask that you and your guests adhere to the mask requirement.


Make sure to bring your cap, gown, tassel, and your cords or stoles to the rehearsal. If you bring anything else, you will need to carry it with you throughout the ceremony as we are unable to provide secure storage for your belongings.
Snacks will be provided at rehearsal.


Cords and Stoles policy can be found here.

We encourage you to wear sensible shoes as you will be walking on bricks, stairs and possibly soft ground.


You will fill out a form for the photographer at rehearsal so that proofs can be emailed to you.

First-Gen Pinning Ceremony

The First Generation Pinning ceremony, will be held on Murray Lawn if outdoors, or Shafer Auditorium if indoors at 11:00 am.