When appropriate, the Special Commencement ceremony is held to honor graduating student athletes who have completed degree requirements, and whose successful post-season sports schedule will prevent attendance at the regular Commencement exercises. The date for this possible special ceremony is set in advance in order to accommodate the potential athletic teams’ schedules and travel plans. If a team’s season concludes any time before the special ceremony date, student athletes will be able to participate in the regular Commencement ceremony with their classmates. Students and families are encouraged to continue checking this web page for the latest details.
This formal ceremony is a warm celebration of the academic achievements of these outstanding graduating athletes. Caps and gowns are worn, the class book is signed and remarks are given by the President, Provost and Faculty. Following the ceremony, guests and the campus community are invited to a reception with light refreshments.
Please contact the Registrar's Office directly with any questions regarding degree requirements and diplomas.
For post-season sports schedules, please follow Gettysburg College Athletics.
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Visitor parking is available in parking lots throughout campus, including Masters Lot, Musselman Lot, Constitution Lot, and the Admissions Lot. See campus map (PDF).
If you need a guest parking permit for overnight visits, please contact Public Safety at 717.337.6912 for more info.
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Video and photos will be taken and posted on this web page following the ceremony (see examples of past ceremonies below).
Accessibility parking spaces can be found in lots throughout the campus (see campus map (PDF)), including several spaces in front of McKnight Hall which is adjacent to Schmucker Hall. Please take the elevator to the Paul Recital Hall (Schmucker Hall, 2nd floor).
If you have questions regarding accessibility, please call Public Safety at 717.337.6912.
If you or your guests are in need of special accommodations, please contact the Commencement Coordinator at 717-337-6012.
Graduates and Platform Party members will wear academic regalia. Family, guests and faculty are encouraged to dress nicely for the occasion. (Business attire)
On the day, Graduates and Platform Party members will meet in Schmucker 215 (2nd floor) promptly at 9:30 a.m. to check in and receive instructions on processing, recognition, recessing, etc.
Paul Recital Hall will open for guest seating 30 minutes before the ceremony.
Please contact the Commencement Coordinator at 717-337-6012 with any questions.
Past Special Commencement Ceremonies:
- 2011 ceremony for the 2011 NCAA Champion Women’s Lacrosse team (video and photos).
- 2010 ceremony for the Women’s Lacrosse team graduating seniors (video and photos)