For Families and Guests

Class of 2020 Commencement postponed to May 7–8, 2021

Weekend updates

New Commencement date: May 15-16, 2021

Commencement Questions?

  • Answers to most questions can be found on these web pages.
  • Questions about degree requirements and diplomas may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Please contact the Bookstore directly for questions about regalia.

Other questions? Contact the Commencement Coordinator, commencement@gettysburg.edu.

Campus services


Bullet Hole Commencement Hours

Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD


Bookstore Commencement Hours

Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD

(Bookstore website)


Commons Café Commencement Hours

Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD


Diploma Information and Grades

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


Flower Sale

TBD


Information - CUB Desk Commencement Hours

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

Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD


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

Ortenzio Fitness Center
Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD

Bullets Pool
Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD


Musselman Library Commencement Hours

Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD

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 staging area for faculty prior to the Commencement ceremony. We encourage guests to use restrooms in Weidensall Hall, Glatfelter Hall, the Science Center, Masters Hall, Breidenbaugh Hall and the College Union Building instead. Additionally, portable restrooms and ADA-compliant portable restrooms will be available for guests at the east end of Musselman Library, near Weidensall Hall.)


TBD


Special Collection (Musselman Library) Commencement Hours

Saturday, May 15, 2021: TBD
Sunday, May 16, 2021: TBD


Transportation

To Campus: Reservations for transportation to campus from local airports and train stations must be made and paid for by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00pm. On-line reservations can be made via the following link: https://www.gettysburg.edu/offices/transportation/

Graduates, their parents and siblings should use the section For Alumni & Guest Travel.

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


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!