Student Information

Celebration is a spring colloquium that showcases student work from a variety of disciplines. It includes a lively, integrated mixture of panel presentations, performances, posters, artworks, short films, and readings. But most importantly - Celebration is an opportunity for you to share your accomplishments!
  • Celebration also offers valuable (and hard-to-obtain) experience in presenting and defending your intellectual and/or creative work. This is critical and sought-after skill whether you plan to pursue graduate study or employment after Gettysburg.
  • You'll also be able to practice your networking skills with students, faculty, staff, and guests in a friendly setting filled with encouragement!

Celebration is an Opportunity for You!

Through this engaging event, you can:

  • Exchange ideas with other students
  • Work closely with faculty, who serve as mentors, and attend the event
  • Learn to present academic research/experience or creative work product in a formal setting
  • Receive feedback on your work
  • Enhance your resume
  • Celebrate your achievements with the campus community and your friends and family

Who is Eligible?

Celebration participants come from all class years: first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior. If you are a currently-enrolled student at Gettysburg College and you have secured a faculty or college administration sponsor, you can apply.

Types of Projects

  • Paper Presentations (Panels): Each presenter or group of presenters must be sponsored by either a faculty member or a designated college administrator.
    • Sessions are conducted in a panel-discussion format.
    • Panels of four students are grouped by discipline/topic.
    • Each of the presenters on a panel gives a 10-minute presentation.
    • Panels conclude with a 15-minute discussion session.
  • Poster Sessions: A variety of department/disciplines present during one session. Posters for class requirement will be scheduled as requested by faculty. 
    • Each poster presenter has 1 hour to present.
  • Musical and Theatrical Performances: Performances can be given by an individual or a group.
    • Performances will be scheduled to take place during two 1 hour and 45-minute time-slots during the day. See Presentation Options for more on timing.
  • Studio Art: Art presentations will take place during a 2 hour and 15-minute time slot.
    • Each presenter will speak for 10 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.
  • Film: Film presentations will take place during 1-hour time-slots.
Celebration '17 Timeline:
  • Sunday, April 30 - Deadline to submit posters to Ricoh
  • Thursday, May 4 - Participant Check-In
  • Friday, May 5 - Participant Check-In
  • Friday, May 5 - Celebration '17 Poster and Panel Presentations 
  • Saturday, May 6 - Celebration '17 Panel presentations, Film Festival, and Creative Activity presentations

Day at a Glance

Poster Layout: Ballroom

Poster Key: Last Name

Poster Key: First Name

Getting Started

As you begin planning your Celebration application, here are the initial steps to follow:

  • Meet with your faculty mentor to discuss submitting a project.
  • Develop an abstract of your work to include with your application.
  • Submit your application via the online form on PeopleSoft

Prepare for the registration form:

Genre: Determine the type of project you will be presenting, paper/panel, poster, performance, etc.
Mentor: You must secure a faculty or administrator mentor to help you prepare for Celebration '16.

Group/Individual: Who worked on the project? Have names ready to enter on the form.

Abstract: Prepare a brief abstract/description of the project.  Please Note: It is possible that your project will not be complete at this point i.e., obtained your results, in order to submit your abstract. SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION ANYWAY.  You will have up to March 24 at 11:59pm to edit to your application. It’s more important that we know your intent to participate.  You will have the opportunity to share your findings during the presentation. 

NOTE: Presentation information will be printed as-is in the Celebration ’17 Abstract Book that will be made available to student participants, faculty, Trustees, fellow students, the campus community, guests, potential students, and online.