Baccalaureate Tickets Q&A
Why is the Baccalaureate service a ticketed event?
The Baccalaureate service is a popular event during Commencement weekend that provides an opportunity to remember, reflect and give thanks for God’s faithfulness in the education of Messiah’s undergraduate students. Seating is limited in Brubaker Auditorium and, due to significantly increasing attendance at this event in recent years, Baccalaureate is ticketed so that the College may ensure priority seating for graduating seniors and their families.
How many Baccalaureate tickets will graduating seniors receive?
Each graduating senior will be allotted a ticket for him/herself to attend plus two additional tickets for family members/guests for seating in Brubaker Auditorium (three tickets total), where the service is held. Graduating seniors will also have a first-come, first-served opportunity to receive two additional tickets for guest seating in Lottie Nelson Dining Room, located on the second level of Eisenhower Campus Center, where the service will be broadcast live via closed-circuit television.
Do graduating seniors need to have a ticket to attend Baccalaureate?
Yes, it is very important for graduating seniors to note that they will need a ticket to attend Baccalaureate.
When and where may graduating seniors pick up their tickets?
Graduating seniors may pick up their tickets for Baccalaureate beginning on the Monday of Commencement week. Your tickets will be held for you through 5:00 p.m. on the day of Baccalaureate service. After that date/time, your tickets may be released and are no longer confirmed to be available to you.
Graduating seniors should pick up their Baccalaureate tickets when they pick up their caps and gowns at the following dates and times at the Messiah College Ticket Office, located in the ground-floor lobby of Eisenhower Campus Center. Baccalaureate tickets are designated for either lower-level seating or balcony level in Brubaker Auditorium. If you or your guests have accessibility issue that do not allow for climbing stairs in balcony seating, you will need lower-level seating, which includes bleacher seating and floor-level seating. Selection of lower-level or balcony level is first-come, first-serve. It is the graduate's responsibility to pick up tickets as early as possible if lower-level tickets are needed.
Graduating seniors must pick up their tickets in person. You will be asked to show your student I.D. to verify that you are a graduating senior, and you will be asked to sign for the tickets to confirm that you have received them.
If I'm a graduating senior studying at an off-campus location, or a December graduate, do I still need to pick up my tickets in person?
Yes, all graduating seniors must pick up their tickets for Baccalaureate in person. However, if you are a senior who is studying at an off-campus location, or were a December graduate, and are not able to come to the Grantham campus until Commencement weekend, your tickets will be held for you until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the Baccalaureate service. You may pick up your tickets when you pick up your cap and gown. View pick up dates/times. Baccalaureate tickets are designated for either lower-level seating or balcony level in Brubaker Auditorium. If you call the Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 after Monday, May 8, 2017 you may request which level seating you would like to have as availability permits.
If I am not using my tickets for Baccalaureate, may I give them to someone else to use?
Yes, if you are not using your tickets for Baccalaureate, you are able to give them to whomever you choose. However, you are still required to pick up the tickets in person, show your student I.D., and sign for the tickets before giving them away. College staff members are not authorized to give a graduate’s tickets to someone else on their behalf, i.e., you will not be able to “leave a ticket” for someone to pick up.
It is very important to remember that all graduating seniors must have a ticket to attend Baccalaureate. So even if you are giving away your extra guest tickets—you must keep a ticket for yourself if you would like to attend the service.
What if I lose my tickets?
It is very important to note that all Baccalaureate tickets are non-replaceable, and cannot be re-issued if lost. Graduating seniors and their guests are urged to keep their tickets in a safe place and be sure to bring them the evening of Baccalaureate. To ensure fair circumstances for everyone, all graduates and their guests will be required to show a ticket for entry into the Baccalaureate service or the overflow location.
Are Baccalaureate tickets for specific reserved/assigned seating or general admission?
All Baccalaureate tickets are general admission for the venue to which they are assigned. Seats are not reserved by seat numbers, which is why it is important for groups who wish to sit together to enter the venue together.
Does anyone other than graduating seniors have the opportunity to get tickets for Baccalaureate?
Yes, but only after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the Baccalaureate service. After that time, tickets that have not been picked up by graduating seniors will be released on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ticket Office, located in the ground floor lobby of Eisenhower Campus Center, to anyone who would like to attend (maximum of two tickets per person).
Can I put my name on a “waiting list” for additional Baccalaureate tickets?
The Ticket Office does not manage a “wait list” or a “will call” window for Baccalaureate tickets. However, graduates and others who wish to secure additional tickets for Baccalaureate do have other options as described above.
What arrangements may be made for guests with a disability or other special needs at the Baccalaureate service?
Graduates who have a disability or special needs, or who have guests with special needs, are asked to contact the Office of Conference and Event Services by 5:00 p.m. by Thursday, May 11, 2017 at (717) 691-6009. Our staff will be pleased to discuss what advance arrangements we can make to help ensure a positive experience for you and your guests.
Guests who would like the aid of an assisted listening device during the Baccalaureate service in Brubaker Auditorium may request one that evening at the Ticket Office located in the ground floor of Eisenhower Campus Center. (No advance arrangements are necessary.)
Are tickets required for entry into the dessert reception that follows the Baccalaureate service?
Tickets are not required for the dessert reception that follows the Baccalaureate service. This event, which is held in Hitchcock Arena, is hosted by Messiah College’s Community of Educators and is a wonderful opportunity for family members to meet faculty who have impacted graduates’ educational experience during their time at Messiah.