Congratulations Class of 2021! This year has presented unprecedented challenges, but you have persevered and are now just nine weeks from graduation. Please take a moment to read the following information as you and your family plan for this exciting time of celebration.
This year there will be no Baccalaureate service on Friday evening. Please see below for other information about Friday’s events.
Commencement will be held on the Quad rain or shine. Each student will receive six tickets for seating on the Quad. Let’s be praying for nice weather.
Rehearsal for Commencement will take place on the Quad promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 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, for which you provided measurements 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.
Please note: We will be celebrating the Class of 2020 with a graduation ceremony on the Quad at 4 p.m. on Saturday, so your cooperation with packing your belongings and vacating campus by 2:30 p.m. would be appreciated. Ordinarily, there is plenty of time to move out after Commencement. However, this second event makes it necessary for you to plan ahead.
Any special needs requests for guests such as wheelchair access, sign language interpreter, etc. must be submitted in advance using the online form.
This form will be available beginning on March 29, and requests should be submitted on or before Friday, April 30. 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 the ceremony for anyone who is unable to attend. The link to the livestream will be posted at www.gcc.edu the day of Commencement.
On April 4, Gov. Tom Wolf updated the COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor events and gatherings that raised the occupancy allowed at such events. With that in mind, we will now be able to issue each graduating student a total of six Commencement tickets (instead of four, as previously announced).
Please watch for an e-mail message the week of May 3 with details as to when you can pick up and sign for your graduation packet at the mailroom. This packet will contain graduation information, Commencement tickets, and lunch tickets (if purchased).
Undergraduate students must vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last exam unless they are siblings of graduating seniors. If you have an undergraduate sibling who is planning to stay on campus through Commencement, May 15, please go to sibling registration on myGCC to let us know. This will allow us to program the sibling’s ID card for access to the residence hall and College dining facilities through 2:30 p.m. on May 15. Please note the sibling will need a ticket to attend graduation.
On-campus housing is not available for guests, and graduating seniors may not host overnight guests (including siblings) during Commencement week. View local accommodations.
Due to current guidelines, we will not be having the traditional Commencement luncheon – instead, “Grab-and-Go” box lunches will be available for pickup in MAP Dining Hall for graduates and their guests. Multiple locations will be available for eating these lunches. Lunch tickets for guests are available for $8 each and must be purchased in advance using this link. Tickets will be available for purchase between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 30. Tickets will not be sold at the door. If you purchase lunch tickets, 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.
All 2021 graduates are invited to the Senior Dinner (held in the IM room) on Friday, May 14 beginning at 5 p.m. For more information and to register to attend please visit Alumni.gcc.edu/seniordinner21. This event is sponsored by the Grove City College Alumni Association, the Office of Student Life and Learning and President and Mrs. McNulty.
Questions concerning graduation plans should be directed to the Office of Student Life & Learning: StudentLife@gcc.edu | 724-458-2700.
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