Grove City College will welcome U.S. Senator and best-selling author Ben Sasse to deliver the 139th Commencement Address to graduates on May 18, 2019.
Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, has been described as a legislator who seeks consensus without sacrificing his principles and as a truth-teller unafraid to call out bad behavior on either side of the political aisle. Sasse is also a best-selling author, writing several books that have significantly impacted the national conversation on our values and social climate. “Them: Why We Hate Each Other – and How to Heal” (2018) is Sasse’s prescription for putting political tribalism on the backburner, rediscovering “human-to-human relationships” and love of neighbor. “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance” (2017) is a New York Times best seller on the undeniable connections between how we raise our children and the future of our country.
Both baccalaureate and commencement will convene on the Quad. Seating will open at 5:45 p.m. on Friday for baccalaureate and at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday for commencement.
Barring extreme weather, the College is committed to holding these ceremonies outdoors even if there is some rain. If, however, a ceremony is held indoors, all guests must present tickets in order to be seated. Graduating students receive three general admission tickets to the Arena for each ceremony and four general admission tickets for overflow seating in the IM Room. Tickets will be placed in student mailboxes on May 3, 2019. Unfortunately, no extra tickets are available, however, those without tickets may view the ceremony via simulcast in the Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center.
Any requests for special accommodations for guests such as wheelchair access, sign language interpreter, etc. must be submitted in advance online via the Special Accommodations Request Form, available beginning March 25. Requests should be submitted on or before Monday, April 29. Please contact the Office of Student Life with any questions. Ticketing requirements apply.
The College will provide live stream coverage of both ceremonies for anyone who is unable to attend. Tune in at www.gcc.edu/livestream.
The College does not provide on-campus housing for guests, and graduating seniors are not to host overnight guests (including siblings) during commencement week. Please visit Accommodations for a list of local hotels.
If a graduating student has siblings who are current GCC students, the graduating student must let us know their undergraduate siblings will be on campus through commencement by completing the Late Check Our Request Form. This allows us to program the sibling ID card for access to their residence hall and to College dining facilities through 6 p.m. on May 18. There is no need for the sibling to sign-up for pre-intersession.
Following the approximately 90-minute commencement ceremony, a luncheon will be offered in MAP Dining Hall for graduates and their guests. Tickets for guests are available at $10.75 each (ages 4 to 12 are $5.75) and must be purchased in advanced. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Tickets will be available for sale Monday, March 25 to Monday, April 29 on this page. Please make your reservations early as there are a limited number of tickets available. If luncheon tickets are purchased they will be included in the graduation packet placed in the graduating student’s mailbox.
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Grove City College celebrated its 138th Commencement on Saturday, May 19, 2018 by sending 578 new graduates on to bright futures in the world beyond campus with a message about calling and leadership.
The College conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree to retired NASA Astronaut Jeffrey N. Williams. Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, a noted Scottish theologian and preacher who spoke at Friday’s Baccalaureate service, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.
View photos from the weekend in our Flickr gallery.