Graduation Events

Commencement 2015

To celebrate your graduation, a number of events and activities have been planned in your honor. Some of these events are open to family and friends! We look forward to seeing you at each event.

Senior Week

Date: May 8 - 14, 2016 (various dates and times)

Keep an eye on your email for more information about these Senior Week activities! Have questions about these events? Contact the Class of 2016 at 

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Graduation Rehearsal

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Quad between Moore and Curtis Halls

Graduation Rehearsal is a mandatory exercise that will prepare you for what to expect during the Commencement Ceremony.

At Graduation Rehearsal, we will review how to dress in your academic regalia (your cap, gown, and hood), the timing for Commencement, name pronunciation, and answer any questions graduates may have. The Senior Class President will also briefly address the class with any additional announcements.

Wearing or bringing your cap and gown is not required.

Graduation Rehearsal is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

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Senior Surprise

This is an annual custom of Cedar Crest College surprising its graduates with a night out to celebrate their upcoming Graduation.

Senior Surprise details will be sent via email and/or mail. Contact the Student Affairs Office at or 610-606-4680 with any questions.

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Baccalaureate Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center

The Graduation celebrations begin with our Baccalaureate Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13. During this beautiful non-denominational opening service, graduating students pause and reflect over their time and memories here at Cedar Crest. Baccalaureate includes opening and closing prayers, multi-faith readings from students, and wonderful music to set the tone of the day. This ceremony is the perfect ceremony to precede Commencement.

Read more about Baccalaureate here.

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Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: Dinner at 5 p.m., Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m.
Location: Canova Commons Dining Hall, Tompkins College Center, Samuels Theatre

Cedar Crest College cordially invites graduating students and their families and friends to the Class of 2016 Dinner and Awards Ceremony!

Following the Baccalaureate Ceremony, the evening of celebration continues with the Class of 2016 Dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. in Alumnae Hall Theatre. Faculty, staff, students, families, and friends are invited to join us as we recognize the many accomplishments of the graduating students of 2016!

The cost and menu for the Class of 2016 Dinner will be announced in the spring.

There is no cost to attend the Awards Ceremony. All are welcome to attend.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at or 610-606-4680.

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Commencement Ceremony

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Quad between Moore and Curtis Halls

During the 146th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, President Carmen Twillie Ambar will address the graduates, families, and friends of Cedar Crest.

Read more about Commencement here.

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Nursing Pinning Ceremony & Reception

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. (immediately following the Commencement Ceremony)
Location: Lees Hall

Congratulate the accomplishments of the nursing graduates during Cedar Crest's 38th Pinning Ceremony. Witness the graduates as they are greeted by faculty and peers and welcomed into the nursing profession.

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