For Families and Guests

Commencement ceremony on September 26, 2021

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.

Commencement updates

New Commencement date: September 26, 2021

Commencement Questions?

Other questions? Contact the Commencement Coordinator:

Campus services

Bullet Hole Commencement Hours

Sunday, September 26, 2021: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Bookstore Commencement Hours

Saturday, September 25, 2021: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, September 26, 2021: 
9 a.m.-3 p.m. *(event driven)

Bookstore website

Commons Café Commencement Hours

Sunday, September 26, 2021: 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Diploma Information and Grades

Diplomas were mailed to graduates on June 15, 2020. If you have any questions about your degree or diploma, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Information - CUB Desk Commencement Hours

On campus, call x6300
Off campus, call 717-337-6300
Times are approximate and subject to change:

Sunday, September 26, 2021: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

The John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness Commencement Hours

Ortenzio Fitness Center
Saturday, September 25, 2021: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, September 26, 2021: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Bullets Pool
Sunday, September 26, 2021: 3-8:30 p.m.

Musselman Library Commencement Hours

Sunday, September 26, 2021: Noon-1 a.m.

Sunday, September 26, 2021: 10 a.m -4 p.m.

Special Collection (Musselman Library) Commencement Hours

Saturday, September 25, 2021: Noon-3 p.m.


Gettysburg College Transportation Services is operating normally. Reservations should be made 72 hours in advance of travel. Transportation Services is following the CDC masking recommendation for public transportation travel, and all travelers are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in a College vehicle.

Tips for the Commencement ceremony

  • Set up a predetermined location to meet your graduate after the ceremony for family photographs, to meet friends, etc.
  • Bring rain gear.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Bring binoculars.
  • Wear sensible shoes. High heels may sink into the grass.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear layers. It could get hot; it could cool down very quickly.
  • Give yourself a full hour to find a seat and get settled. It's exciting to watch the preparations.
  • The seating for Commencement is on flat ground. Please don’t expect to get great photographs. Three photographers will capture the awarding of your student's diploma from different angles. We encourage you to sit back and enjoy the moment.
  • Most of all, celebrate and enjoy this achievement with your graduate—congratulations!