Weekend Schedule

Wide view of Commencement ceremony at Shoemaker Soccer Field

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule

Friday, May 7, 2021

Baccalaureate Service

7 - 8:30 p.m., Hitchcock Arena

NOTE: Baccalaureate has been moved indoors due to inclement weather. Entry is for ticketed graduates of the Class of 2021 only. View more details and link to livestream.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Brunch for graduating seniors

9 a.m.-12 noon Lottie Nelson Dining Room

Open and complimentary to all graduating seniors

Processional line up for graduates

1:15-1:45 p.m., Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center

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

  • All graduates will march to the Commencement Ceremony from Hitchcock Arena. Graduates must report to Hitchcock Arena with their caps and gowns between 1:15-1:45 p.m. to receive instructions and a number for their place in line. (Note: The University does not hold a ceremony rehearsal, so it is important for graduates to report on time to receive instruction.)
  • There are many graduates to line up, so it is essential to arrive well before 1:45. 

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony

3 - 5 p.m., Starry Athletic Complex, Shoemaker Field

The Commencement ceremony celebrates graduating seniors and their family and guests

IMPORTANT CHANGE:  Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, tickets are required this year for entry to the outdoor commencement ceremony. Each graduate will be allocated tickets for two (2) guests.  If the ceremony is moved indoors due to inclement weather, and if state restrictions permit, the ceremony will be held in Hitchcock Arena in the Sollenberger Sports Center. Regrettably, in the event of an indoor commencement, physical distance protocols will not allow for guest seating. Only graduates will be able to attend the ceremony.  However, the indoor Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed so that all may view the ceremony remotely

Commencement Service Ticket Information

Following the Commencement ceremony, the University will provide pre-packaged refreshments for all graduates and their guests. 


It will be important to continue to check this website and your Messiah email frequently for any changes or updates. Messiah's Commencement planning is tightly integrated with changing federal and state restrictions related to COVID-19, and aspects of the ceremony are subject to change as the University adjusts its planning in response. 

What if it rains?

Inclement Weather Plan

It is the University's strong preference to hold the Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Ceremony outdoors as scheduled in order to accommodate family members and guests. However, in the event of severe inclement weather, Baccalaureate and/or Commencement will be moved indoors to Hitchcock Arena. If this occurs, regrettably, only the graduates will be able to attend in-person, due to the state's COVID-19 related restrictions for indoor gatherings. All ceremonies, however, will be livestreamed so that guests may watch remotely.
View Baccalaureate and Commencement livestreams