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Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events

Visit the links below to view the schedule of events for graduating seniors and their guests for Messiah College's Undergraduate Commencement Weekend.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Baccaulareate Service

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

*Ticketed Event*

Baccalaureate Reception

8:45-10 p.m. - Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Continental breakfast for graduating seniors

7-8:30 a.m.

Lottie Nelson Dining Room
Open and complimentary to all graduating seniors

Processional line up for graduates

8:15-8:45 a.m.

Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center

All graduating seniors must report to line up for the processional. 

Marching instructions for graduates:

All graduates will march to the Commencement Ceremony from Hitchcock Arena. Graduates must report to Hitchcock Arena with their caps and gowns between 8:15-8:45 a.m. to receive instructions and a number for their place in line. (Graduates do not have a ceremony rehearsal.)

There are many graduates to line up, so it is essential to arrive well before 8:45. All graduates must be in marching order no later than 9:10 a.m.

Undergraduate Commencement ceremony

10 a.m.- 12 noon

The Commencement ceremony celebrates graduating seniors and their family and guests

Starry Athletic Complex, Shoemaker Field

Tickets not required (unless ceremony is moved indoors due to inclement weather)

Reception for graduates and guests

12 noon, immediately following the Commencement ceremony

Starry Athletic Complex
This outdoor reception is open and complimentary to all graduates and their guests; no tickets required.

What if it rains?

Inclement Weather Plan

It is the College's strong preference to hold the Commencement Ceremony outdoors as scheduled in order to accommodate as many family members and guests as possible. However, in the event of severe inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be moved indoors and will require tickets for entry.
Read inclement weather details