Visitor Resources

Commencement resources for families and guests

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

If you are a family member or guest who will be celebrating Commencement with a graduating senior, please read the links at left under "Visitor Resources" for important information that will make your campus visit experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. On behalf of the Messiah University community--we look forward to welcoming you to celebrate the accomplishments of your graduates!

We realize that not all family members or guests will be comfortable traveling to campus in-person for Commencement Weekend. So, in addition to providing two (2) guest tickets for each graduate, the University will be livestreaming both the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement ceremony so that all family members and guests may participate remotely.

Special needs or assistance

For any special questions or needs that you may have regarding Commencement (including assistive listening devices, interpreter services, or other guest support services), please contact the University’s Office of Conference and Event Services at 717.691.6009 or

COVID-19 health and safety measures

Messiah University is committed to the health and safety of our graduates and their guests, and anticipates that we will be continuing our current COVID-19 mitigation practices throughout Commencement weekend--including wearing masks and physically distancing both indoor and outdoors, hand sanitizing, etc. We also ask all guests to refrain from coming to campus who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to confirmed COVID-positive individuals. 


Parents and 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.