Commencement Weekend: May 17-18, 2014

Three-Star General Flora Darpino ’83 to speak at Commencement

Lieutenant General Darpino, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, will speak and receive an honorary degree May 18 at Gettysburg College's 197th Commencement. Read more.

Schedule of Events

This schedule is tentative -- please revisit for updates.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Commencement Prep Day
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College Union Building Ballroom
The Class of 2014 will pick up caps and gowns, and much more. (Details)


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Special Commencement for Athletes in Post-Season (if needed)
10:00 a.m.
Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker Hall, 2nd floor (Details)


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Honors Day
1:00 p.m.
Christ Chapel
Over 40 named awards will be presented to students, who were selected to receive these awards on the basis of their academic achievement and service to the campus community. Recipients and their families are notified in April by the Provost's Office. Everyone in the campus community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Departmental Receptions
2:00 p.m.
Various campus locations - see list here
These popular receptions provide a festive occasion for faculty and graduates to affirm relationships built over the past four years and offer an opportunity for parents to "put a face to the name." Seniors, families, and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Baccalaureate Line-Up
3:15 p.m.
South side of Penn Hall, Old Quad
The Class of 2014, attired in regalia, meets to line up for the Baccalaureate processional. (Details)


4:00 p.m.
Location: Chapel
(Event will be streamed live via the web)
A long-standing tradition, this interfaith service gives seniors and their families a chance to gather together to worship, celebrate the tradition of the College, and reflect on the future. (Details)

Senior Class Graduation Party

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Hosted by President Janet Morgan Riggs '77
College Union Building, First Floor
President Riggs invites the class and their families to this social event.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Catholic Mass
8:30 a.m.
Christ Chapel

Senior Class Commencement Line-up
9:45 a.m.
Bream Gymnasium
The Class of 2014, attired in regalia, promptly meets in Bream Gymnasium for Commencement line-up. (Details)


11:00 a.m.
Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall
(Event will be streamed live via the web)
Event is held rain or shine, no tickets necessary.

Details for Families and Guests

Details for Graduates

Featured speaker Three-Star General Flora Darpino '83, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. (Details)

Class of 2014 Senior Address:  Brandon Tower '14

Post-Commencement Reception

1:30 p.m.
Memorial Field Tents
Enjoy light refreshments and celebration with graduates, faculty, family and friends.

All graduates are expected to attend the commencement ceremonies. Those who wish to be excused from commencement should contact the Registrar's Office

If a student does not meet the graduation requirements, he or she will be notified promptly by the Registrar before Commencement Day.