Both Baccalaureate and Commencement will convene on the Quad if at all possible. In the case of extreme weather, one or both events may be held in the PLC Arena and simulcast to the IM room. Each student will receive three tickets for seating in the Arena and four tickets for overflow seating in the IM Room. These tickets will only be necessary if the day’s events are moved inside as the outdoor venue has a larger capacity. Let’s be praying for nice weather.
Rehearsal for both Baccalaureate and Commencement will take place in the PLC Arena promptly at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, May 15 and will last 45 minutes if students arrive on time. Those who are unable to attend must inform Student Life and Learning in advance. Please email StudentLife@gcc.edu to do so.
The cap and gown you provided measurements for during registration in the fall will be distributed to you at rehearsal. Students who are unable to attend rehearsal should make arrangements to have someone else retrieve their cap and gown. Student regalia will otherwise remain on the student’s seat in the PLC Arena until Commencement.
Graduating students will receive three (3) general admission tickets to the Arena for each ceremony and four general admission tickets for additional seating in the IM Room. Tickets will be placed in student mailboxes on May 3, 2020. 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. Seating will open at 5:45 p.m. on Friday for Baccalaureate and at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday for Commencement whether indoors or out.
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 special needs requests for guests such as wheelchair access, sign language interpreter, etc. must be submitted in advance using this online form. This form will be available beginning on March 25, and requests should be submitted on or before Monday, April 29. Please feel free to contact StudentLife@gcc.edu with any questions you may have. Ticketing requirements apply.
The College will provide live-streaming coverage of both ceremonies for anyone who is unable to attend.
Undergraduate students must vacate their room within 24 hours of their last exam unless they are the sibling of a graduating senior. If you have an undergraduate sibling who is planning to stay on campus through Commencement, May 16, we’d ask that you let us know. This will allow us to program their ID card for access to their residence hall and College dining facilities through 6 p.m. on May 16. There is no need for your sibling to sign-up for pre-intersession.
On-campus housing is not available for guests and graduating seniors may not host overnight guests (including siblings) during Commencement week.
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 $11.50 each ($5.75 for ages 4-12) and must be purchased in advance on this page between Monday, March 25 and Monday, April 29. Please make your reservations early as there are a limited number of tickets available, and tickets will not be sold at the door. If luncheon tickets are purchased, they will be included in the graduation packet placed in your student mailbox.
After graduation, your matriculation deposit and remaining Crimson Cash balance will be transferred to your student account. Donations to the Senior Class Gift and any check-out fines or charges will be deducted from your student account. The remaining student account credit balance will be refunded to you by June 30. Your patience is appreciated as the steps to finalize this credit will involve many departments and can take several weeks to process. Refunds and final paychecks will be direct deposited to the bank account on file with the College; be sure to keep that account open until June 30 to allow for these deposits. If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, you will receive any final student account refund by check to the home address on file with the College. Please deposit this check in a timely manner.
Grove City College awarded degrees to 511 new graduates on May 18, 2019 and welcomed U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse to speak at its 139th Commencement.
Sasse and Rev. Rufus Smith IV, senior pastor of Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tenn., who spoke at the May 17, 2019 Baccalaureate ceremony, received honorary degrees recognizing their contributions to their fields of endeavor and society. Sasse collected a Doctor of Human Letters degree and Smith a Doctor of Divinity degree.
View photos from the weekend in our Flickr gallery.
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.