Grove City College's baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies will convene on the Quad. In the case of extreme weather, one or both events will be held in the Physical Learning Center Arena and simulcast to the Intramural Room.
Each student will receive three tickets per venue for each event. These tickets will only be necessary if the day’s events are moved inside as the outdoor venue has a larger capacity.
Rehearsal for both baccalaureate and commencement will take place in the PLC Arena promptly at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and will last 30 minutes if students arrive on time. Those who are unable to attend must inform the Office of Student Life and Learning in advance.
The cap and gown you ordered in the fall will be given to you at rehearsal. Students who are unable to attend rehearsal should make arrangements to have someone else pick up their cap and gown. Student regalia will otherwise remain on the student’s seat in the PLC Arena until Commencement Day.
Students who are unable to attend Commencement should contact the Office of Enrollment Services as soon as possible.
Graduating students will receive three general admission tickets to the Arena for each ceremony and three general admission tickets for additional seating in the IM Room. Tickets will be placed in student mailboxes on May 4, 2018. 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 (available beginning March 26), and requests should be submitted on or before Monday, April 30. Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Life & Learning with any questions you might have. Ticketing requirements apply.
The College will provide livestream coverage of both ceremonies for anyone who is unable to attend. Details coming soon.
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 a sibling who is planning to stay on campus through commencement, we ask that you’d please email their name(s) to the Office of Student Life & Learning so that their ID card can be coded to remain active through May 19 and access can be granted to dining facilities. There is no need for them 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 for $10.50 each ($5.50 for ages 4-12) and must be purchased in advance. The link for purchase will be available on this page between Monday, March 26 and Monday, April 30. 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.
President Paul McNulty will be hosting a farewell dinner for the senior class at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. All members of the Class of 2018 are encouraged to attend this student-only event. Graduating seniors will receive an invitation through campus email.
If you have questions regarding graduation, please contact:
Office of Student Life and Learning
Diana King, Executive Assistant
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Grove City College celebrated its 137th commencement ceremony on May 20, 2017, as 606 graduates entered the working world.
The College conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Vice President Mike Pence, our keynote speaker, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to the Rev. Saleem Ghubril, a Presbyterian minister and executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise, who spoke at the College’s baccalaureate service.
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