Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events
Friday, May 5, 2023
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
Baccaulaureate 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 6, 2023
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)
Creekside gathering for graduates and guests
12 noon, immediately following the Commencement ceremony, Starry Athletic Complex; no tickets required.
Following the ceremony, graduates are encouraged to find their guests, faculty and classmates at the banner for their specific academic program. All graduates and guests will receive a specialty refreshments box as they depart the complex through the covered bridge.