Visitor Resources

Commencement visitor resource bannerCommencement resources for families and guests

If you are a family member or guest who will be celebrating Commencement with a graduating senior or adult degree program graduate, 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!

Ceremony livestream

We realize that not all family members or guests are able to travel to campus in-person for Commencement Weekend. So 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 PLEASE NOTE: The University requests that you contact us as soon as possible, but at least 2-3 weeks in advance, with any special assistance requests. This helps ensure that we have the time we need to help meet your needs and to help you enjoy your experience at Commencement.  

COVID-19 health and safety measures

Messiah University is committed to the health and safety of our graduates and their guests. We 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. Any additional COVID mitigation practices will be communicated on this website closer to Commencement. 


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.