SEATING: No tickets are needed for the Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Entry to the seating area begins at 9:00 a.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. We ask that you PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE SEATS. Please be prepared for a security bag check. The ceremony takes place at the Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall, rain or shine. Indoor viewing locations with live-streaming video will be available in several campus locations (see Alternate Viewing below).
The ceremony begins with the Platform Party processing from Musselman Library down the center aisle and up the steps to their seats on Beachem Portico. They are followed by the faculty procession. When announced, the Class of 2017 will process out of Pennsylvania Hall to their seats. On their first day on campus in August 2013, at the end of Convocation, the Class of 2017 processed as a class for the first time up the north steps of Pennsylvania Hall and down the south steps to symbolize their entry to the College. At Commencement, they will process in the opposite direction, symbolizing the completion of their time as a student at Gettysburg College.
Other questions? Contact Katie Barako, Commencement Coordinator.
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Please see the Accessibility section.
Baccalaureate (Saturday, May 20):
LIVESTREAM LINK - please check back later
Seating in the Chapel is VERY LIMITED and the building is not air-conditioned. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants a seat will be able to get one; therefore, we have arranged for two remote viewing areas that are both comfortable and close to parking areas. While we are aware that this is not an ideal solution, we encourage you to consider these two options for a more pleasant experience.
On campus: Air-conditioned alternate viewing locations with live video streaming will be available in the following locations:
On the web: This event will be offered to virtual guests via the web as a live video stream beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. A link to the live video stream will be posted on the Commencement home page
Commencement (Sunday, May 21):
Outside, rain or shine, on the north side of Pennsylvania Hall
LIVESTREAM LINK - please check back later
On campus: Live video streaming coverage of the Commencement exercises will be available rain or shine in the following buildings:
In the case of heavy rain, additional live video streaming coverage of the Commencement exercises will be available in the following building:
On the web: This event will be offered to virtual guests via the web as a live video stream beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. A link to the live video stream will be posted on the Commencement home page.
Custom graduation announcements are available through the College Bookstore. Information and order forms are sent directly home to the senior's parents in February. Please contact the College Bookstore at 800-337-6367 for any additional information or questions after receiving the mailing.
To have a graduation announcement about your student's graduation sent to your hometown newspaper, please complete the request form at:
When you click "Submit," the form will go to the College's Communications office which will verify the information and place the announcement. The deadline for completing this form is Monday, July 31, 2017.
Due to the number of guests expected, only service animals are permitted at the Commencement site.
With courtesy and respect to all graduates and families, please refrain from disrupting the weekend's formal ceremonies with the use of noisemakers (such as air horns, cowbells, and bullhorns), shouting or chanting, and high-volume mobile phone ringtones and conversations.
We invite the families of the Class of 2017 to Honor Your Graduate and to show appreciation for a special member of the Gettysburg College community by making a gift to the Gettysburg Fund. Find out more.
Have you contributed to the Senior Class Gift? Your donation to the Gettysburg Fund can help the Class of 2017 leave a mark on Gettysburg College that no class before you has left! Find out more.
Display and wear your Gettysburg College pride! From diploma frames to sweatshirts, find graduation gift ideas at the Gettysburg College Bookstore.
Send tasty treats to a senior during finals (or anytime!) from Dining Service's Spoil 'Em Long Distance program.
Recognize a graduating senior and help support Musselman Library through the Honor with Books program.
GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.
Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.
2017 Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies DVD pre-order information coming in March 2017.
During Commencement, guests may find restrooms in the surrounding campus buildings, including:
Additional outdoor portable restrooms (including several that are ADA compliant) will be available adjacent to the Commencement site along the sidewalk at the east end of Musselman Library near Weidensall Hall.
Campus Map (PDF)
For Accessibility information, please see the link above.
No tickets are needed for the Commencement exercises on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served and we ask that you PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE SEATS. The ceremony takes place at the Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall, rain or shine. Entry to the seating area begins at 9:00 a.m. Please be prepared for a security bag check. Indoor viewing locations with live-streaming video will be available in several campus locations.
Unfortunately, the College does not have an indoor space large enough to accommodate everyone in the event of rain or excessive heat, and the many large trees around Penn Hall prevent us from placing tents at the Commencement site. Ponchos will be provided to graduates, faculty, and all guests, if necessary. Please bring any gear that you wish to have if there is inclement weather on Commencement Day.
To Campus: Reservations for transportation to campus from local airports and train stations must be made and paid for by May 12, 2016. Click here for Gettysburg College Transportation Services or call 717-337-6923.
Around Town: Freedom Transit offers free public transportation around Gettysburg. See the Freedom Transit website for details and schedules.
Commencement takes place at the Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall, rain or shine. Unfortunately, the College does not have an indoor space large enough to accommodate everyone in the event of rain, and the many large trees around Penn Hall prevent us from placing tents at the Commencement site.
Seniors may order yearbooks in several ways:
Online: Visit www.balfour.com, select your school, and follow the ordering instructions.
In person on campus: The Spectrum will be available for purchase at Senior Prep Day and during Commencement Weekend.