Commencement

Commencement for the Class of 2020 is postponed until May 7–8, 2021

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.

Announcements

Majestic Theater sign with message to the Class of 2020

Senior Celebration

In recognition of the Class of 2020, a special Senior Celebration comprised of a series of virtual events was held May 16–17. Read the full recap of the weekend’s events.

Students with caps and gowns walking past Glatfelter Hall

Regalia

Learn more about ordering and receiving your cap, gown, hood, cords, patches, and Stole of Gratitude.

Graduates sitting and clapping at Commencement ceremony

Announcement Archive

View our archive of recent commencement-related communications.

Commencement Information

Graduates seated at Commencement facing Beachem Portico

Weekend Schedule

Enjoy a full schedule of ceremonies, receptions and celebrations in honor of the graduating class.

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The graduate procession passing the Janet Morgan Riggs Center

Plan Your Visit

Off-campus, explore lodging, dining and entertainment options in historic Gettysburg and surrounding Adams County.

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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.