Commencement Weekend: May 16-17, 2015

The 2015 Commencement Speaker is Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Read more.

Tentative Schedule

The Commencement pages are updated frequently - please revisit often for the latest information.

Friday, April 24, 2015

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Commencement Prep Day
College Union Ballroom
The Class of 2015 will pick up caps and gowns, and much more.  (Details)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1:00 pm
Spring Honors Day
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.

2:00 pm
Departmental Receptions
Various campus locations - See list
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.

3:15 pm
Baccalaureate Line-Up

South side of Penn Hall, Old Quad
The Class of 2015, attired in regalia, meets to line up for the Baccalaureate processional. (Details)

4:00 pm

Christ Chapel
(Event will be streamed live via the web)
A long-standing tradition, this optional 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.  Everyone in the campus community is
invited to attend.
Remote viewing locations are in Mara Auditorium and Kline Theater. (Details)

8:00 - 11:00 pm
Senior Class Graduation Party

Hosted by President Janet Morgan Riggs '77
College Union Building, First Floor
President Riggs invites the class and their families to this social event.
(Details to follow)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

8:30 am
Catholic Mass
Christ Chapel

9:45 am
Senior Class Commencement Line-up
Bream Gymnasium
The Class of 2015, attired in regalia, promptly meets in Bream Gymnasium for
Commencement line-up. (Details to follow)

11:00 am

Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall
(Event will be streamed live via the web)

Event is held rain or shine, no tickets necessary.
Gates at seating area open at 9 a.m.
Please be prepared for security bag checks.
Details for Families and Guests
Details for Graduates

Featured speaker: Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr.
Class of 2015 Senior Address:  Nadéjiah Towns '15

1:30 pm
Post-Commencement Reception

Memorial Field Tents
Enjoy light refreshments and celebration with graduates, faculty, family, and

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.