Weekend Schedule

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Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events

Friday, May 10, 2024

Baccalaureate service

7 - 8:30 p.m., Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center; (Doors to Brubaker Auditorium will open at 6 p.m.)

*Note: Baccalaureate is a ticketed Event

Baccalaureate Service Ticket Information

Baccalaureate reception for graduates and guests with Messiah educators

8:30 - 10 p.m., Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center

Refreshments are complimentary to all graduates and their guests; no tickets required. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Continental breakfast for graduating seniors

7-8:30 a.m., Lottie Nelson Dining Room
Open and complimentary to all graduates

Processional line-up for graduates

8:15-8:45 a.m., Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center

All graduates 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. (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 8:45. All graduates must be in marching order no later than 9:10 a.m.

Undergraduate Commencement ceremony

10 a.m.- 12 noon, Starry Athletic Complex, Shoemaker Field

The Commencement ceremony celebrates the undergradaute class and their family and guests.

Seating at the site of the outdoor Commencement ceremony will open at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. We ask that all guests be seated by 9:45 a.m. to help ensure that the ceremony begins on time.

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


What if it rains?

Inclement Weather Plan

It is the University'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