Commencement

Commencement details for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2022

New: Read the latest update sent to the Class of 2020 on September 22, 2021. Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Commencement information is subject to change. The College continues to monitor conditions and may adjust plans as needed. During Commencement/Homecoming Weekend, visitors will be expected to follow campus COVID-19 protocols.

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Graduates standing and looking up towards Beachem Portico at a Commencement ceremony

Congratulations to our graduates! View Commencement information and coverage for the Class of 2021, including Baccalaureate on May 16, Commencement Ceremony on May 17, and Degree Conferral on May 23.

Class of 2021

Traditions and Past Speakers

Past Speakers

Jerry Spinelli speaking at Commencement

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

Lavar Burton receiving honorary degree

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 Award

Dave LaVanne receiving the Lavern Brenneman Award

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.