Commencement Weekend 2020
When we first announced our plans to postpone in-person Commencement in late March, we were hopeful that in the months that followed, the COVID-19 pandemic would evolve in our favor, making a ceremony on October 9 and 10 in Gettysburg possible. As we’ve partnered with health experts and collaborated with the College’s working groups in preparation for our decision to be in residence for the fall semester, we’ve realized that it will not yet be safe to gather the large number of friends and family that we plan to welcome to campus for Commencement.
Health and safety remain our driving priority, but it does not override our commitment to celebrate your great accomplishments in the way that you deserve, in person, when the circumstances become more manageable and safe. With that in mind, we have decided to further postpone Commencement to May 7-8, 2021.
More information on our new May 2021 date and other logistics will be forthcoming, once details about the Spring semester calendar are decided in the coming weeks.
Learn more about ordering and receiving your cap, gown, hood, cords, patches, and Stole of Gratitude.
View our archive of recent commencement-related communications.
Enjoy a full schedule of ceremonies, receptions and celebrations in honor of the graduating class.
Traditions and Past Speakers
Honorary degrees are typically awarded at Commencement to persons whose contributions are outstanding in specific fields such as The Arts, Public Life and Government, The Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Natural and Applied Sciences.
Honorary degrees are typically awarded at Commencement to exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to specific fields such as The Arts, Public Life and Government, The Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Natural and Applied Sciences.
The Lavern H. Brenneman ’36 Award For Exemplary Service to Gettysburg College is presented in recognition of those rare individuals whose distinguished service to Gettysburg College stands head and shoulders above others who have served the institution faithfully.