Let the Celebration Commence!

Congratulations on the completion of your degree program at Cedar Crest College. You deserve to be very proud of this academic achievement.

We invite you, your family and friends to the Commencement Ceremony where we will celebrate the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students (master candidates) with the conferring of degrees on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m on the Quad under the tent.

Can't make it to the ceremony? Commencement will be broadcast live starting at 11 am at www.cedarcrest.edu/ccclive.

Commencement is a special celebration, with tradition and symbolism that dates back to 1871 with the first graduating class of Cedar Crest College. This is the occasion when your degree will be officially conferred upon you. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and an honorary degree candidate will participate in the College's Commencement Ceremony. Please plan to join the Cedar Crest College community on this special day.

You will find the information you need to prepare for graduation using the links on the left. If you have questions regarding commencement or other graduation activities, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at stuaffair@cedarcrest.edu or call 610-606-4603.

Congratulations Class of 2011!

Students must log in to My Cedar Crest and click on the "Student Affairs" tab to complete the required forms.



Announcements – Remembering this special day! Announcements

Celebrate your students' accomplishments by sending a formal Commencement announcement to family and friends.

You can purchase announcements by visiting

If you have any questions please contact the Bookstore at 610-740-3775.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

The Baccalaureate is a ceremony where graduates, family, friends, and the Cedar Crest Community come together to reflect and give pause in preparation for Commencement and the next steps following graduation. The Baccalaureate Ceremony will have special music, readings from students, and a guest alumnae speaker.

The Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Lees Hall Gymnasium. Graduates participating in this ceremony must be at Lees Hall to line up for the processional at 8:30 a.m.; guests should arrive with their graduates. Although the Baccalaureate Ceremony is not mandatory, we do encourage graduates and their families to attend this very special ceremony. Graduates must complete the RSVP form by logging into My Cedar Crest.

Caps and Gowns

GraduateAll graduates participating in Commencement must wear academic regalia. Students must advance order caps and gowns by stopping in the Bookstore on Wednesday, March 23 or Thursday, March 24, 2011, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, or visiting the link http://www.herffjones.com/college/cedarcrestcollege, all orders must be complete by March 25, 2011. Students can also purchase cords, rings, frames, nursing pins and announcements at the Bookstore any day before graduation.

Call the Bookstore at 610-740-3775 with any questions. Please note that graduates are not permitted to wear any jewelry or flowers on their gown.

You will have an opportunity to order academic regalia, announcement cards, cords, rings, nursing pins, and frames for your diploma.

Career Planning/Alumnae Affairs Graduate Survey

Cedar Crest College asks all graduates to complete the Career Planning/Alumnae Affairs survey. The survey's purpose is to learn about your post-graduation plans and how you used career services during college. The survey is easy, fast and your individual response is kept confidential.

The information is valuable to academic departments, employers, and future students and families. Data is used by the College to respond to inquiries, change programs and services, and connect with alumnae. Results will be posted on our webpage at www.cedarcrest.edu. This is also a great way for you to learn about future reunions and to help us track the location and success of Cedar Crest College Alumnae. Log in My Cedar Crest to complete the survey.

Coffee Bar and Dessert Social

Everyone who attends the Senior Dinner, Senior Awards Ceremony, and the Honors Program Dinner are invited to a Coffee Bar and Dessert Social on the Tompkins College Center Terrace to conclude a special evening of Senior celebrations.

The Coffee Bar and Dessert Social is at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011, and is part of the RSVP for the Senior Dinner.

Graduates must complete the RSVP form by logging into My Cedar Crest.

Commencement 2011 DVD

Your graduate has worked hard pursuing her academic goals, what better way to remember this special day than to order the Commencement 2011 DVD. Through the purchase of the DVD you will also be able to share this special day with family and friends who were unable to attend Commencement. Your graduate will receive an order form at rehearsal, or you can order the Commencement DVD on Commencement Day.

If you miss the opportunity to order on Commencement Day you can contact Lesher's Professional Video Productions at www.leshersvideo.com or call 215-679-7534.

Commencement Day Schedule

We want to make Commencement Day memorable for our graduates and their family and friends. We are planning a joy-filled day with many opportunities to celebrate your graduate. Attending the Baccalaureate Ceremony offers time to listen to special music, inspirational readings, and a guest speaker.

We will follow the Baccalaureate Ceremony with various timed activities that will make Commencement Day special for both you and your graduate.

Schedule for the Day

Gifts for your Graduate

Brick Since your graduate has worked very diligently over the years, we invite you to consider an option for recognition. Your graduate can have a permanent marker on campus where currently enrolled students, alumnae, faculty, staff, and other guests on campus will stroll along the paths of the campus stopping to admire the brick or paver marking your graduates name and/or special message. Place your order for the Commemorative Gift by May 1, 2011, and you will receive special pricing.

Visit the Commemorative Gift Program at www.cedarcrest.edu/brick.

Another option is a special way to celebrate your graduate and at the same time make a difference within the community. We offer you the opportunity to buy roses for your graduate in recognition of her achievement while supporting Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, a local non-profit that provides services and educational programs for the protection of those suffering violence.

Click here to order roses online.

Graduate Timeline

Your graduation is special, we do not want you to miss opportunities for fun because you missed one step along the way therefore, we are providing a check list of important dates and deadlines.

Please log-in to My Cedar Crest to review the Graduate Timeline check list.

Parking/Golf Carts

Golf CartGuests will be directed to a parking lot upon arrival on campus. As you approach the designated parking lot, look for balloons and flags that are color coordinated. This will help you locate your parking lot after the festivities.

There will be designated pick-up locations at each parking lot for a golf cart ride to the tent for guests with a disability/handicap who are unable to walk to the tent in the Quad. Following the Commencement Ceremony disabled/handicapped guests can line up at the designated location outside the tent near the ambulance for a ride to the parking lot pick-up/drop-off location.

If you require special arrangements for handicap parking please contact the Office of Student Affairs at stuaffair@cedarcrest.edu or call 610-606-4603.

Photo Opportunity for Families

There will be a designated Photo Op area. One guest per graduate will be given the opportunity to take a photo of their graduate as they come on stage to receive their diploma. The one guest must line up at the designated Photo Op area under the tent.

A professional photographer will also be taking photos of each graduate as they come on stage to receive their diploma.

Professional Photography

Because this day is very special, Thomas Duncan Photography will be taking photos of the Commencement Ceremony which includes a photo of each graduate as they receive their diploma. All images will be available for purchase by visiting www.thomasduncanphotography.com. The images/photos will be online by May 18, 2011, and will be available for purchase online for 30 days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Duncan Photography by calling 570-296-5069.


Be recognized in your local newspaper for your academic achievement and let your family, friends, and community join in with congratulations. All graduates have the opportunity to have their names in the local newspaper of their choice by visiting www.cedarcrest.edu/gradpublicity and completing the online publicity form. Institutional Advancement will receive this information and send it to your newspaper of choice.

If you do not complete the form your information might be listed in the Lehigh Valley newspaper, The Morning Call.

Registrar's Office

Deadlines To Apply For Graduation
• January – Apply by August 1
• May – Apply by December 1
• August – Apply by Apirl 1

All students are required to apply for graduation in order to complete a degree or certificate program. Students are now able to complete this application online on My Cedar Crest. Once logged on, select the 'Student' tab and then 'Registrar's Office.' Click on 'Apply to Graduate' and complete the form. This application is also available in the Registrar's Office, Curtis Hall, room 136. Application deadlines are strictly enforced, so please plan accordingly. If you have previously submitted an application, it has been processed. Please do not duplicate.

Please note: There will only be one graduation ceremony a year, and it will take place in May. If you graduate in January or August, you are able to walk in the May ceremony that follows AFTER your graduation date.

Students - if you will not be attending the Commencement Ceremony, you need to notify the Registrar's Office in writing stating if you want to pick up your diploma after Monday, May 16, 2011, or if you want your diploma mailed. Please provide a current mailing address.


Commencement Rehearsal is mandatory on Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Rehearsal is the time when you will provide the accurate pronunciation of your name. We will review how to dress in academic regalia, timing for Commencement Day, the Class President will offer a few words, and you will walk on stage just as you will at the Commencement Ceremony under the tent.

Rehearsal is anticipated to conclude by 7:00 p.m. All graduates are required to attend rehearsal and must complete the Registrar's Attendance form by logging into My Cedar Crest. The Senior Surprise is immediately following rehearsal therefore, we suggest that your guest arrive with you where they can relax in the Bistro in Tompkins College Center of enjoy a stroll around campus.


There are no tickets for Commencement; general seating is on a first come basis under the tent. Once the tent is full guests will be able to view the ceremony from outside the tent. Reserved seating for graduate guests is only available for individuals with a disability/handicap.

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at stuaffair@cedarcrest.edu or call 610-606-4603 to reserve disability/handicap seating prior to April 30, 2011.

Senior Awards Ceremony

Graduates will be recognized for their academic achievements during the Senior Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 7 p.m.

The Senior Awards Ceremony is held in Tompkins College Center Samuels Theatre.

Senior Dinner

Families of the Class of 2011 are invited to relax and enjoy a scrumptious dinner with their graduate and the Cedar Crest Community on Friday, May 13, 2011, in the Tompkins College Center Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m. The cost of dinner for guests is $16 per person. Tickets for guests may be purchased in the Allen House. Please make checks payable to Cedar Crest College. All graduates attending must RSVP for themselves and their guests by Monday, May 2, 2011. The dinner is free to all students.

Senior Week Activities

Activities to be announced.


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 for a delay or postponement.

Graduates, we join you in celebration of your dedication to become the best you can be through education, congratulations Class of 2011!