Commencement 2015 FAQs

Additional questions? Contact the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@cedarcrest.edu or 610-606-4680.

  1. Do I need a ticket for Commencement?
    • Yes, a ticket is required for seating under the tent for Commencement. Each graduate will be given 6 tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Guests without a ticket will be able to view the ceremony in other viewing areas on campus where the ceremony will be streamed live. Please plan accordingly. Tickets will be scanned upon entry into the test and guests must have their tickets in-hand at that time.
    • 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. Detailed instructions on how to claim your tickets can be found here.
    • Tickets guarantee entry into the tent, however, seating under the tent is unassigned and on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Children under the age of 3 who will sit in a lap during the entire ceremony do not require a ticket.
    • No ticket is required for Baccalaureate.
  2. How do I get my tickets/How do I get extra tickets?
    Detailed instructions on how to claim your tickets can be found here.
    • If extra tickets are available, it will say so during the ticket reservation process. If you do not need all 6 of your tickets, please donate the ones you do not need to the pool.
    • If extra tickets are available, they will be free for anyone to grab—total number of extra tickets graduates can claim will be determined after the RSVP deadline. Check the ticketing site often for availability of extra tickets. A notice will not go out.
  3. Do graduate level students participate in the same ceremony as undergraduates?
    • Yes. There is 1 graduation ceremony in May and all degrees are conferred during that ceremony.
  4. How do I order my cap & gown, honor cords, etc.? How much will it all be?
    • The Bookstore will be hosting a Graduation Fair on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 12-7 p.m. where you can order your cap & gown and other graduation supplies.
    • The Bachelor cap, gown, and hood costs $71. The Master cap, gown and hood costs $81.93. Please check with the Bookstore on the cost of Honor Cords. They may also be provided by your department.
    • Please direct your questions to the Bookstore regarding ordering these supplies at bookstore@cedarcrest.edu or 610-740-3775.
    • Feel free to order online at any time by visiting the Herff Jones website.
    • The deadline to order online is April 1, 2015.
  5. When do I learn how to wear my cap & gown?
    • An academic regalia demonstration will be held during the mandatory Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on the Quad.
  6. How long do the ceremonies last?
    • Baccalaureate lasts approximately 1 hour, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Commencement lasts approximately 2 and 1/2 hours, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  7. When should I arrive?
    • Graduating students:
    o Baccalaureate Line-up: 8:15-8:45 a.m. (Lees Lawn)
    o Undergraduate Class Photo: Immediately following Baccalaureate (Blaney Hall Steps)
    o Commencement Line-up: 9:45-10:45 a.m. (Between Hartzel Hall & Allen House)
    o Master Programs Class Photo: Immediately following Commencement (Blaney Hall Steps)
    o Nursing Pinning Ceremony: 2 p.m. (Lees Hall)
    • Guests:
    o Baccalaureate: 8:15-8:45 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 9 a.m.
    o Commencement: entrances open at 10 a.m. Please arrive prior to 11 a.m. to allow ample time to find your seat and to avoid disruption of procession.
  8. Can I take photos of the ceremony?
    • Guests are free to take photos of the ceremony at their seat under the tent. Please be aware of the families seated behind you. Standing in the aisles is prohibited during the ceremony.
    • Special “photo-op” areas will be set up by the Cedar Crest bell and inside Blaney Hall. Remember: you can take pictures anywhere on our beautiful campus.
    • Photos of your graduate and the ceremony will also be available for purchase from Thomas Duncan Photography.
  9. What happens if there is inclement weather?
    • 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.
  10. If I’m not participating in the graduation ceremonies, how will I get my diploma?
    • All diplomas are mailed to graduating students whether they participate in the graduation ceremonies or not.
    • To ensure there is no delay in receiving your diploma in the mail, we ask that you complete the Commencement Attendance Form in MyCedarCrest under the “Student Affairs”, verify your address and select “Yes” or “No” for your attendance at the ceremonies.
  11. Is handicapped seating available?
    • Yes. We have seating appropriate for guests needing accessible seating and staff at the entrance to the tent will be available to assist these guests.
  12. Is handicapped parking available?
    • Yes. There will be designated handicapped parking areas. Please refer to the Parking information page.
    • Golf carts will be running to and from the various parking lots to the ceremonies for those that have trouble walking. 
  13. Since the Commencement Ceremony is outside, are pets allowed?
    • Please do not bring pets to the Ceremony. Only service animals are permitted under the tent.
  14. Can I bring balloons?
    • While we appreciate wanting to celebrate your graduate, we ask that you do not hold balloons thus blocking the view of the other guests while seated under the tent.
  15. Where can I pick up the roses I purchased online?
    • Roses can be picked up at the back of the tent on the Quad where Commencement takes place. Rain site is the Tompkins College Center.

Additional questions? Contact the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@cedarcrest.edu or 610-606-4680.


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