New: Read the latest update sent to the Class of 2020 on July 30, 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.
Information about hotels, dining, transportation, and local attractions in historic Gettysburg, PA.
Information about viewing locations for Commencement, parking on campus, facilities, and campus policies.
Hotels and lodging
- Visit the Hotel Accommodations page for a listing of local hotels.
- Please see the Campus Services section for Commencement Weekend Bullet Hole and Commons Café hours.
Around Town: Freedom Transit offers free public transportation around Gettysburg. See the Freedom Transit website for details and schedules.
A Licensed Battlefield Guide will meet you at the Visitor Center and drive your car for a private, two-hour tour of the battlefield. Guides are available daily, but to avoid disappointment, advance reservations for Licensed Battlefield Guide tours are strongly recommended. Please reserve your tour at least three days before your scheduled visit.
Please call the one of the following numbers to make a reservation:
You may also request a Licensed Battlefield Tour Guide in person at the Visitor Center complex, but same-day requests are subject to Guide availability.
Licensed Battlefield Guides spend years studying the Battle of Gettysburg so they can offer visitors quality, informative tours. It is customary to extend a gratuity if you’re satisfied with your experience.
Campus Walking Tour
The Gettysburg College: Witness to History historical app is a 1.2-mile walking tour that takes you through the Gettysburg College campus and the town of Gettysburg. Download the free app for Apple and Android devices.
Additional information is forthcoming.
We recommend parking in the following campus lots:
- Constitution Lot East
- Constitution Lot North
- Stone Lot
- Stadium Lot West
The Gettysburg Parking Department has notified the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that meter parking will be enforced throughout Commencement Weekend, including Sunday from 1p.m.-8 p.m., as per the notification on the meters. Please be sure to feed parking meters in accordance with the days/hours posted on them to avoid receiving a citation. For additional information, please visit the Borough Parking Department's website.
During Commencement, guests may find restrooms in the surrounding campus buildings, including:
- Weidensall Hall
- Glatfelter Hall
- The Science Center
- Masters Hall
- Breidenbaugh Hall
- College Union Building
Additional portable restrooms and ADA-compliant portable restrooms will be available adjacent to the Commencement site for guests with limited mobility and are located along the sidewalk at the east end of Musselman Library, near Weidensall Hall.
Find a restroom
No tickets are necessary.
Due to the number of guests expected, only service animals are permitted at the Commencement site.
With courtesy and respect to all graduates and families, please refrain from disrupting the formal ceremonies with the use of noisemakers (such as air horns, cowbells, and bullhorns), shouting or chanting, and high-volume mobile phone ringtones and conversations.
Commencement takes place rain or shine. Unfortunately, the College does not have an indoor space large enough to accommodate everyone in the event of rain, and the many large trees around Penn Hall prevent us from placing tents at the Commencement site.
- Ponchos will be provided to graduates, faculty, and all guests, if necessary. Please bring any other rain gear you wish to have if there is inclement weather on Commencement Day. We advise guests to be prepared with rain gear and warm clothing.
- If it is raining, Commencement will continue outdoors as planned.
- It is possible that Commencement might be delayed or moved due to dangerous weather. If so, a message will be posted on the College homepage, the Commencement webpages, and College social media channels.
- Dangerous weather is defined as lightning and strong winds. Rain alone does not constitute dangerous weather.
- Local weather forecast.
Commemorate Your Visit
Photography and Videography
Additional information is forthcoming.
Gettysburg College uses Merit to celebrate student accomplishments. Graduates and their families do not need to do anything. A graduation notice will be sent automatically to each graduate's hometown newspaper.
- Parents and Family
We invite families to Honor Your Graduate by making a gift to the Gettysburg Fund. If you make your gift online, please honor your graduate in the appropriate section.
Display and wear your Gettysburg College pride! From diploma frames to sweatshirts, find graduation gift ideas at the Gettysburg College Bookstore.
Recognize a graduating senior and help support Musselman Library through the Honor with Books program.