Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony

December 13, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.

The Midyear Graduates ceremony will take place on December 13, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the College Union Building (CUB) Ballroom.

About the ceremony

This special ceremony honors students who have completed degree requirements in August or are expected to complete degree requirements in December. Students and families involved are contacted with details of the ceremony in the fall.

Although diplomas are not distributed and graduates do not wear caps and gowns, the ceremony is a warm and intimate celebration for August graduates and expected December graduates. Following remarks from the President, Provost, and faculty speaker, the honored students are called up to the stage individually to be recognized. Guests and the campus community are invited to a reception with light refreshments after the ceremony concludes.

Students who are recognized at the Midyear Graduates Recognition ceremony are invited and encouraged to participate in the May Commencement exercises and will receive their diplomas at that time. In January, midyear graduates will receive a copy of their transcript showing a December 31, 2023 graduation date, a final GPA, graduation honors if that is appropriate, and a letter from the Registrar confirming that they have completed all requirements for graduation. That documentation should be sufficient for presentation to potential employers or for admission for further study. Official transcripts will be available upon written request.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office directly with any questions regarding degree requirements and diplomas.

Guest information


The Ballroom will open at 5:00 p.m. for guest seating. No tickets are needed.


A light reception will immediately follow this ceremony in the CUB Ballroom. All graduates and their guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to visit with faculty, family, and friends.


Following the ceremony, a professional photographer will be available in the Ballroom to take formal photographs of students and their families.


Visitor parking is available in parking lots throughout campus, including Masters Lot, Musselman Stadium Lot, Constitution Lot, and the Admissions Lot. On-street parking may also be available for a fee along West Lincoln Avenue in front of the CUB (download the Borough Parking app in advance).


Limited accessible parking is available in front of the College Union Building (CUB) and in the Masters Lot behind the CUB. The accessible entry point is at the Bullet Hole entrance on the east end of the CUB.

Please direct any questions you have regarding special needs accommodations to Jen Decker, Special Projects Coordinator, (jdecker@gettysburg.edu, 717-337-8058).

Previous Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremonies

View video and coverage from previous ceremonies.