Baccalaureate & Commencement
Friday, May 13, 2016
4:00 p.m., Lees Hall Gymnasium *please note the location change*
Graduates line-up at 3:30 p.m. on Lees Lawn *Business casual dress is required*
Graduation celebrations begin with our Baccalaureate Ceremony— a beloved Cedar Crest College tradition. During this beautiful non-denominational opening service, graduating students pause and reflect over their time and memories here at Cedar Crest.
All graduating students, families, faculty, staff, and loved ones are invited to attend this beloved ceremony.
Baccalaureate ceremonies originated in Europe in the 15th century and evolved as periods of reflection and worship prior to Commencement. Baccalaureate includes opening and closing prayers, multi-faith readings from students, and wonderful music to set the tone of the day. Attendees enjoy the interfaith expressions of meaning and hope that are part of this ceremony. Students graduating cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, and Delphi will also be presented with their cords during the Baccalaureate Ceremony as an additional way to celebrate and reflect on this high achievement (this ceremony is open for all graduating students, regardless of honors standing).
It is the perfect ceremony to precede Commencement. You will not want to miss it!
The keynote speaker this year will be 2007 Cedar Crest alumna Dr. Patricia Egner.
Baccalaureate lasts approximately 1 hour.
Tickets for Baccalaureate
Tickets are not required for this ceremony.
Parking: Handicap parking is available in all of our parking lots on campus. Graduates will need to indicate the need for handicap parking when they confirm their attendance at the ceremony to ensure that enough spots are available.
Seating: Accessible seating will be available in Samuels Theatre. Guests should alert the ushers upon entry that an accessible seat is needed; the usher will then direct the guest to an available seat. Family members can sit next to their guest in an accessible seat if there are seats available.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00 a.m., Quad between Moore and Curtis Halls
Graduates line-up from 9:45-10:45 a.m. between Hartzel Hall & Allen House
Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (mandatory)
The 146th Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2016 will be Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. on the Quad in the center of our picturesque campus.
During the ceremony, President Carmen Twillie Ambar will address the graduates, families, and friends of Cedar Crest. You will hear from wonderful speakers including students, faculty, and staff. Our Commencement Speaker will be Dr. Lorraine Soisson, 1988 Cedar Crest alumna and current Board of Trustees member.
The Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., but can last up to 2 hours and 30 minutes, ending at 1:30 p.m., depending on the class size.
Those unable to attend the Ceremony can view it on a live webcast on the College’s website.
Tickets for Commencement
A ticket is required for seating under the tent for Commencement. Graduates do not need tickets for themselves.
Each graduate will receive 6 tickets** for guests to sit under the tent. Additional tickets will be available based on availability and on a first-come, first-served basis. All other guests will be able to view the ceremony on the lawn outside of the tent or in the Tompkins College Center (Canova Commons Dining Hall) where the ceremony will be streamed live. Please plan accordingly.
Although tickets are required to sit under the tent, seating is unassigned and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should refrain from saving seats and please respect signage for reserved and accessible seating areas. Please note that tickets are scanned upon entry into the tent.
**Note: All graduating students who plan to walk in the Commencement Ceremony must RSVP using the Commencement Attendance Form in MyCedarCrest under the “Student Affairs” tab by April 12, 2015. Each graduate that has completed the Commencement Attendance Form before the deadline will be given 6 tickets. Graduates who respond after the RSVP deadline will not be guaranteed 6 tickets.
Parking: Graduates will need to indicate the need for handicap parking when they reserve their tickets. Guests should indicate to the parking attendants upon arrival at Cedar Crest College that they require handicap parking. Parking attendants will then direct guests to the designated handicap parking area.
Parking for the event is outlined here, including golf cart transportation to and from the parking lots for those who may need assistance.
Golf Carts: To accommodate those who may have difficulty walking from the parking lots to the Ceremony at the center of our campus, we will offer golf cart transportation. Each parking lot will have a specified golf cart pick up and drop off location where guests can be transported to and from the ceremony site.
Seating: Accessible seating will be available under the tent. Special tickets will need to be reserved on the ticketing website by the graduate. Guests should present their accessible seating ticket to the ushers upon entry to the tent; the usher will then direct the guest to an available seat. Family members can sit next to their guest in an accessible seat if there are seats available.
Sign Language Interpreter: A sign language interpreter is hired for the duration of the Commencement Ceremony.
The ceremony takes place under a tent. In case of light to moderate rain, the ceremony will go on as scheduled. Heavier rain may cause us to shorten the program. In the event that severe weather is expected, please call the Inclement Weather Hotline at 610-606-4629.
Graduates: Please check the FAQ page for check-in/line-up location changes due to rain.
Step 1: All graduating students must be deemed academically eligible to participate in Commencement and must submit the Graduation Application (Registrar’s Form on the Registrar’s tab on MyCedarCrest).
Step 2: All graduating students who plan to walk in the Commencement Ceremony must RSVP using the Commencement Attendance Form (must be logged in to access) in MyCedarCrest under the “Student Affairs” tab by April 10, 2016. Those that respond after the RSVP deadline will not be guaranteed 6 tickets for the Commencement Ceremony.
- Visit the FAQ page.
- For questions regarding the ceremonies and events leading up to graduation, contact the Student Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-606-4680.
- For questions regarding academic standing and honors, please contact the Registrar's Office at email@example.com or 610-740-3765.
- For questions regarding ordering your cap and gown or other graduation supplies, please contact the Bookstore at 610-740-3775.