Baccalaureate Tickets Q&A

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Baccalaureate Tickets Q&A

The Baccalaureate service is a worship event held the evening before the Commencement ceremony that provides an opportunity to remember, reflect and give thanks for God’s faithfulness in the education of Messiah’s graduating seniors. Seating is limited in Brubaker Auditorium, and--due to the popularity of this event--Baccalaureate is ticketed so that the University may ensure priority seating for graduating seniors and their families.

Each graduating senior will be allotted one (1) ticket for him/herself to attend plus two (2) additional tickets for family members/guests (3 three tickets total).

Yes, the University will provide a livestream of the Baccalaureate service which may be viewed at

Yes, it is very important for graduating seniors to note that they will need a ticket to attend Baccalaureate.

Graduates may pick up their Baccalaureate tickets, along with their "rain plan" tickets for Commencement at the Messiah University Box Office, located on the first floor Eisenhower Campus Center, on the following dates/times:

  • Monday, May 6 - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 7 - 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8 - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9 - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residential and commuter graduating seniors, including December graduates, must pick up their Baccalaureate tickets and indoor Commencement tickets in person. You will be asked to show your student I.D. to verify that you are a graduate, and you will be asked to sign for the tickets to confirm that you have received them.

Baccalaureate tickets are designated for either lower-level seating or balcony level in Brubaker Auditorium. If you or your guests have an accessibility issue that does 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 seating 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 for themselves or their guests.

Yes, you will need to pick up your tickets for Baccalaureate in person. However, if you are not able to come to the Grantham campus until Commencement weekend, your tickets will be held for you until 5 p.m. on the day of the Baccalaureate service. Baccalaureate tickets are designated for either lower-level seating or balcony level in Brubaker Auditorium. If you call the Box Office at (717) 691-6036 starting the Monday of Commencement week, you may request in advance which level seating you would like to have as availability permits.

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 at (717) 691-6009 as soon as possible, but no less than 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.

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.) 

All Baccalaureate tickets are general admission. 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

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. University 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.

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.

Yes, but only after 5 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 Box Office, located in the ground floor lobby of Eisenhower Campus Center, to anyone who would like to attend (maximum of two tickets per person).

The Box 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.

No. Tickets are not required for the dessert reception that follows the Baccalaureate service.