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Accessibility

Please see the Accessibility section below.


Alternate Viewing

Baccalaureate (Saturday, May 17):
Christ Chapel
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, and 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:

  • Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
  • Kline Theater, Brua Hall 200

On the web: This event will be offered to virtual guests via the web as a live video stream beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.  A link to the live video stream will be posted on the Commencement home page

Commencement (Sunday, May 18):
Outside, rain or shine, on the north side of Penn Hall

On campus: Live video streaming coverage of the commencement exercises will be available rain or shine in the following buildings:  

  • College Union Building: Room 260 and the Junction
  • Breidenbaugh Hall: Joseph Theater 
  • Masters Hall: Mara Auditorium
  • Pennsylvania Hall: Lyceum

    In the case of heavy rain, additional live video streaming coverage of the commencement exercises will be available in the following building:

    • College Union Building:  Ballroom

    On the web: This event will be offered to virtual guests via the web as a live video stream beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 - A link to the live video stream will be posted on the Commencement home page.


    Announcements

    Custom 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.


    Animal Policy

    Due to the number of guests expected, only service animals are permitted at the Commencement site.


    Ceremony Courtesy

    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.


    Dining
    • Several weekend events will serve light refreshments. Please see the Commencement home page for details.
    • Please see the Campus Services section below for Commencement Weekend Bullet Hole and Commons Café hours.
    • Visit the Restaurants page for a listing of local restaurants.  
    • Other special Commencement Weekend dining options are available: 
        • The Majestic Theater is hosting a Commencement Dinner on Saturday, May 17th, catered by the Altland House.   A buffet dinner, consisting of a Salad/Bread station, 3 entrees (Prime Rib, Bourbon Glazed Salmon, and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast) with roasted red skin potatoes and vegetables and a Coffee/Tea/Dessert station will be served from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.  The price per person including tax and service charge is $32 and a cash bar will also be offered.  SOLD OUT.
        • Expanded dining options are available during Commencement weekend at the historic Gettysburg Hotel in downtown Gettysburg.  Call (717) 338-5455 or visit their website for information and reservations.
        • Flats Café, located inside the Majestic Theater, will be offering expanded seating during their normal hours of operation (Daily from 11am-8pm).  Reservations are not required.


      Gift Ideas
      • Parents & Family

      We invite the families of the Class of 2014 are invited to honor their graduates and to show appreciation for a special member of the Gettysburg College community by making a gift to the Gettysburg Fund. Find out more.

      • Seniors

      Have you contributed to the Senior Class Gift? Your donation to the Gettysburg Fund can help the Class of 2014 leave a mark on Gettysburg College that no class before you has left! Find out more.

      • Everyone

      Display & 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.


      Hotels & Lodging
      • Visit the Hotel Accommodations page for a listing of local hotels.
      • Some area hotels may have a "Commencement Weekend" rate.  Please call them for details to inquire and arrange.


      Parking

      Parking is available in lots throughout campus.  For detailed Accessibility Parking information, please see below.
      Campus Map (PDF)
      Campus Parking Map (PDF)


      Photography

      GradImages

      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.


      Restrooms

      During Commencement exercises, guests may find restrooms in the surrounding campus buildings, including:

      • Weidensall Hall
      • The Science Center
      • Masters Hall
      • Breidenbaugh Hall
      • College Union Building
      • Musselman Library (Please note that Musselman Library has limited facilities and will be used as a staging area for Faculty during Commencement.)

      Additional ADA compliant outdoor portable restrooms will be available adjacent to the commencement site for guests with limited mobility—Located along the sidewalk at the east end of Musselman Library, near Weidensall Hall.

        Campus Map (PDF)
        For Accessibility information, please see the section below.

         


        Social Media: #gburg2014

          Share Commencement moments, photos and memories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #gburg2014


            Stay connected & involved


            Tickets

            No tickets are needed for the Commencement exercises on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  The ceremony takes place at the Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall, rain or shine.  Entry to the seating area begins at 9 a.m.  Please be prepared for a security bag check.  Indoor viewing locations with live-streaming video will be available in several campus locations.


            Tips on planning an enjoyable weekend


            Transportation

            To Campus: Reservations for transportation to campus from local airports & train stations must be made and paid for by May 7, 2014.  Click here for more information or call 717-337-6923.

            Around Town: Freedom Transit offers free public transportation around Gettysburg. See the Freedom Transit website for details and schedules.


            Video
            • DVDs of Commencement may be ordered through Odyssey Video Productions using the form below:
              Odyssey Video Productions - 410-857-6312
              DVD Order Form (PDF)
            • For info on live streaming video via the web, please see "Alternate Viewing".


            Weather

              Commencement takes place at the Beachem Portico, North side of Pennsylvania Hall rain or shine.

              • Sometimes it rains on Commencement and we need to be prepared.  This means providing ponchos for graduates and faculty, and advising guests to be prepared with  rain gear and warm clothing.  If it is raining, Commencement will continue outdoors as planned.  It is possible that Commencement might be delayed due to dangerous weather.  If so, notification will be provided as follows:
                • A message will be posted on the College phone number 717.337.6896.
                • A message will be posted on the College's home page as first news item and to Facebook and Twitter.
                • An all-campus email will be sent.
                • An all-campus voice mail message will be sent to College phones.
              • Dangerous weather is defined as lightning and strong winds.  Rain alone does not constitute dangerous weather, only inconvenient weather.  Should the weather turn dangerous once the ceremony has begun, an emergency weather plan will be put into place.  All degrees will be conferred, and graduates will receive instructions regarding diploma pick up.  Ushers and DPS officers will be on duty to answer questions and direct attendees into campus buildings.


              Yearbook (Spectrum)

              Seniors may order yearbooks in person at Commencement Prep Day or online anytime.


              Campus Services - Commencement Weekend

              Information - CUB Desk Commencement Hours 

              On campus, call x6300
              Off campus, call 717.337.6300
              Times are approximate and subject to change:

              Friday, May 16: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
              Saturday, May 17: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. (midnight)
              Sunday, May 18: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


              Student Accounts - Commencement Hours

              Thursday, May 15: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
              Friday, May 16:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
              Saturday, May 17:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon.)

              The Student Accounts Office would like to congratulate the senior class and their parents on their pending graduation. We would also like to remind you to check to be sure that all financial obligations to the College have been satisfied no later than May 17, 2014. Please feel free to contact the office at 717-337-6220 or via email at studentaccounts@gettysburg.edu.


              Residence Life

              Senior week housing will end on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. 
              Seniors may request an extension to remain in housing until Monday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m.  All seniors will confirm their departure information by stopping at the Residence Life table on Commencement Prep Day (Friday, April 25th).  All seniors with an approved extension must completely vacate their rooms by 10:00 a.m. Monday.


              Diploma Information and Grades

              The Registrar's Office will be open for one hour following the Commencement ceremonies for those who wish to order transcripts or who have questions about their diplomas or academic records.


              Transportation

              To Campus: Reservations for transportation to campus from local airports & train stations must be made and paid for by Friday, May 9, 2014.  Click here for more information or call 717-337-6923.

              Around Town: Freedom Transit offers free public transportation around Gettysburg. See the Freedom Transit website for details and schedules.


              Flower Gazebo

              Flowers will be available for purchase on Sunday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the campus gazebo, adjacent to the Commencement site.  Please note that pre-orders are not available. Available while supplies last.


              College Bookstore Commencement Hours

              Saturday, May 17: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
              Sunday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
              Monday, May 20: 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. (tentative)

              (Details)


              Bullet Hole Commencement Hours

              Friday, May 17: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
              Saturday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
              Sunday, May 19: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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              Dining Services Schedules) 

               

              Commons Café Commencement Hours

              Friday, May 17: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
              Saturday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
              Sunday, May 19: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              (Dining Services Schedules)

               

              Commencement Morning Refreshments

              Sunday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              In addition to offerings available at the Bullet Hole and Commons Café in the College Union Building, a selection of coffee and breakfast items will be available for purchase outside Plank Gym.
              Available subject to weather. In the event of rain, please visit the College Union Building.


              Musselman Library Commencement Hours

              Saturday, May 17: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
              Sunday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

              In addition to regular services, a Children's Book Cart will be available in Musselman Library for families to read to help entertain young children during Commencement morning.
              (Please note that Musselman Library has limited restroom facilities and will be used as a possible staging area for Faculty during Commencement. Other restroom options are listed here.)


              The John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness Commencement Hours
              Ortenzio Fitness Center
              Friday, May 16: 6:30 am – 7:00 pm

              Saturday, May 17: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

              Sunday, May 18: Closed
               
              Bullets Pool
              Friday, May 16: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

              Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18 – Closed

              Schedules & calendars


              Schmucker Art Gallery Commencement Hours

              Tuesday, May 13 - Saturday, May 17: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
              Sunday, May 18: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
              Exhibition details

               


              Accessibility

              ADA symbolIn order to better meet the needs of guests with disabilities or special needs, Gettysburg College will provide special seating, signing, accessible parking and shuttle service during key Commencement Weekend events.  Ushers and other College staff are on duty at all functions throughout the weekend. Please do not hesitate to ask for any assistance you may need. Ushers and College staff can be identified by name tags with orange ribbons.

              • To arrange for accessible parking, please call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 717-337-6912.  They will need the following information to process your request: name of person needing parking accommodations, make/model/color of car, license plate # (including state), days parking needed (Sat. and/or Sun.), needs (parking or drop-off). Please make these arrangements by Friday, May 9:

              Spring Honors Day and Baccalaureate (Saturday)
              Call DPS by May 9 to arrange a parking space in the Admissions Lot, which is adjacent to the Chapel.  The wheelchair lift is located on the side of the Chapel, and an officer will be on hand to operate the lift. Once inside, wheelchair spaces will be available in the Chapel near the front with one companion seat, and ushers will be available to help. Other members of larger parties may find seating in the Chapel or in campus video viewing locations (Baccalaureate only).  Accessible restroom facilities are available on the main floor of the Chapel near the wheelchair lift entrance.

              Senior Class Party (Saturday evening)
              Accessibility parking and drop off will be available along Lincoln Avenue as well as in campus parking lots.  To take the elevator to the CUB Lobby level, guests may enter the CUB via the Bullet Hole entrance.  Restroom facilities are available on each floor of the CUB.

              Commencement (Sunday)
              Call DPS by May 9 to arrange for parking in Masters Lot.  Shuttle service will be available to transport your party between Masters Lot and the Commencement site if needed.  Two shuttles (one of which is accessible) will be running from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  When you reach the ceremony site, ushers with orange ribbons will be available to assist you with finding seating. Wheelchair spaces with companion seating are dispersed throughout the Commencement site’s general seating area. During Commencement, accessible restrooms are available in campus buildings including Weidensall Hall, Science Center, College Union Building, Plank Gym, Breidenbaugh Hall, Masters Hall and Pennsylvania Hall - Please use the elevator to Floor 3. Additionally, ADA compliant outdoor portable restrooms will be available adjacent to the commencement site for guests with limited mobility—Located along the sidewalk at the east end of Musselman Library, near Weidensall Hall.

              Campus Map (PDF)

              • There will be a sign-language interpreter at the Commencement ceremony.  If you need direct sightline seating, please contact Human Resources at 717-337-6207 by Friday, May 9.
              • Portable assisted listening devices (ALDs) may be reserved for use during the Commencement Ceremony.  Please call Human Resources at 717-337-6207 by Friday, May 9.
              • The Commencement ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine. For guest comfort, indoor video-viewing locations will be available in several campus locations.  Ushers will help you find these locations.   Guests are encouraged to bring along any items for your comfort or convenience (rain gear, warm clothing, water, seat cushions, snacks, wheelchairs, etc.) See Commencement tips
              • The Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be streamed live on the web for any guests who are unable to attend.
              • The following local businesses may be contacted directly if you need to arrange for personal wheelchair rental:

              Dick’s Homecare, Inc.
              238 West Street
              Gettysburg, PA  17325
              717-338-0711
              Guests are encouraged to make arrangements before Wednesday, May 7.

              Gettysburg Rental Center
              720 York Road
              Gettysburg, PA  17325
              717-334-0021
              Quantities are limited.

              • If you or your guests need additional assistance or have needs that require specialized accommodation, please call Human Resources at 717-337- 6207 by Friday, May 9.