We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2024 at our 154th Commencement Exercises at the PPL Center in Center City Allentown on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. The week leading up is filled with a series of memorable events for our graduates and their families and friends.
Be sure to keep scrolling for important commencement information for graduates, families, and friends.
Commencement Week Events
Required Steps for Graduates
STEP 1: Graduation Application Form
- All graduating students must complete the Graduation Application Form. This form can also be found on the Registrar’s Office page of MyCedarCrest. Login is required to access the forms.
- The deadline to apply for May 2024 graduates was December 1, 2023.
If you are hoping to participate in the May 11 Commencement ceremony, you must be approved to graduate by the Registrar’s Office.
- March 1, 2024 is the deadline to apply for August 2024 and January 2025 graduates.
- Applications submitted after these dates are subject to appeal and may not be accepted. If you have not submitted your application, you must submit an appeal form.
Questions about graduation eligibility? Contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-740-3765.
- All graduating students must also complete the Commencement Attendance Form. This and other reply forms can also be found under “Graduation” and the Commencement tab on MyCedarCrest. Login is required to access the form.
- The deadline to submit this form is Friday, April 12, 2024.
- This form is MANDATORY for all graduates and is used to ensure:
- Your diploma is mailed to the correct address following the ceremony, even if not participating in the ceremony
- You receive important information about the ceremony, if participating
- You receive the link to reserve guest tickets, if participating
- Your name is printed in the program and is shown on the scrolling marquee at PPL, if participating
Questions about the Commencement Ceremony and attendance? Contact the Commencement Committee at email@example.com or 610-606-4612.
All graduating students must verify that their accounts are clear. Any outstanding balances or fees must be paid by May 3, 2024, to receive a diploma.
Loan Exit Counseling
Federal regulations require loan borrowers to complete Loan Exit Counseling in order to make borrowers aware of their rights and responsibilities. For more information about online counseling, please click HERE.
Question about loan counseling or outstanding fees and balances? Contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-606-4602.
Federal regulations require loan borrowers to complete Loan Exit Counseling in order to make borrowers aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Please direct any questions about loan counseling or outstanding fees and balances to Student Financial Services at email@example.com or 610-606-4602.
Additional Info for Graduates
All graduates are invited to have a professional portrait taken by our vendor, Island Photography. The spring date for Senior Portraits is Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Information about how to sign up will be shared via email and on this webpage when it’s available.
Academic Regalia is required for Espejo, Hooding, and Commencement ceremonies.
Grads are responsible for ordering regalia through Herff Jones. The cost is covered by the graduation fee that was included on your term bill.
Deadline to order regalia and any other supplies is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.
- After you click on “Cap and Gown,” you need to choose your degree program – bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral.
- On the next page, you can purchase a “Graduation Package” which bundles your regalia with other optional Commencement supplies at a discounted price.
- If you want to order regalia ONLY, click “Cap and Gown” in the blue headers along the top, and you will be directed to the page showing no cost for regalia only.
Academic regalia will be delivered to the College Bookstore 1-2 weeks prior to Commencement.
- Grads will be notified of pick-up dates and times by email.
- The shipping address you enter during the ordering process ONLY applies to optional supplies such as announcements and diploma frames.
- A demonstration of how to wear your regalia will be provided during our virtual Commencement Rehearsal – details to come.
Show off your style:
- Caps and tassels are yours to keep!
- We love to see those decorated caps. See “Cap Decoration” and “Dress Code” for more details.
How to return your rentals:
- Gowns and hoods are rentals and must be returned at the PPL Center following the ceremony.
- If you are unable to return your gown and hood at the PPL Center, can also visit the College Bookstore on the lower level of the Tompkins College Center from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.
- Optional Commencement supplies such as announcements and diploma frames are available for purchase from Herff Jones as well.
- Honor cords for students graduating cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude may be purchased through the College Bookstore once final GPAs are determined in mid- to late-April.
- Delphi honor cords are provided by the Office of the Provost. Graduates receiving Delphi cords will be contacted by the Office of the Provost prior to Commencement.
- Other honor cords may be provided by the academic departments. Check with your professor or the department chair for more information.
Heritage and Identity Stoles
Heritage and Identity Stoles are meant to commemorate your Cedar Crest experience, including academic achievements, extracurricular activities, study abroad or Sophomore Expedition destination, or to show pride for your identity, heritage, or culture.
Heritage and Identity Stoles can be purchased from the College Bookstore through Friday, May 3, 2024. Stoles will be distributed immediately before Espejo: Reflections of our Community. Further information about pick-up will be shared at a later date.
The following varieties are available:
A. Asian Pacific Islander Stole
The stole pattern for Asian and Pacific Islanders is typically adorned by flowers and includes red with gold or yellow to represent colors used in the islands and in Chinese culture. The pattern serves to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of Asian and Pacific Islander people.
B. Cedar Crest Stole with Ginkgo Leaf
The ginkgo is a symbol of longevity, hope and peace. For students, Cedar Crest is also a place of hope. Students celebrate their Cedar Crest pride with a stole adorned with the Cedar Crest logo—honoring their dedication and love for their alma mater.
C. Falcon Athletics Stole
Cedar Crest College embraces and supports our student-athletes’ desire to be successful, both in the classroom and on the playing field. Athletes proudly wear the Falcon Head stole to show that athletics was an integral part of their educational process.
D. Kente Stole
Kente cloth, a symbol of African heritage originating with the Asante tribe in Ghana, West Africa, dates back to the 12th century and was once favored by African royalty. The Kente cloth is meant to be worn during special occasions and this design serves to celebrate the success of our Black graduating students.
E/F. Latinx and Sarape Stoles
Sarape stoles are fabricated using a traditional Mexican striped weave pattern and serve to express pride in the heritage of Mexicans and Latin Americans.
G. LGBTQA+ Stole
The LGBTQA+ stole serves to express pride in one’s Gender and Sexuality Diversity (GSD) and to honor and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of our GSD graduates.
H. Native American Stole
Using a traditional Navajo pattern from Southwest Cochiti, New Mexico, a location populated by indigenous peoples for centuries, this stole serves to celebrate a connection with American Natives.
I. Veteran Stole
The navy blue Veteran stole commends graduating students for their service in the United States military.
J. First Generation Stole – NEW!
The first generation stole serves to celebrate the accomplishments of students who are the first in their families to graduate college.
K. International and Study Abroad Stoles
International stoles provide visual recognition perfect for representing countries of origin or a student’s study abroad experience. Each stole is decorated with emblems or colors representing that country’s flag.
Questions about Heritage and Identity Stoles? Contact Breanna Ganther in the College Bookstore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-740-3765.
Each graduate participating in the Commencement ceremony is entitled to order guest tickets through the PPL Center’s online ticketing system. There is no cost for tickets and no limit to the number of tickets a grad can order.
Please note: ONLY graduates who have completed the Commencement Attendance Form will be notified via email when online ticketing is open — typically in late April or early May.
- Once you click on the ticketing link, you will be asked to enter your email address and password to create an account with the PPL Center. You can use any email address – your Cedar Crest account or a personal email – and whatever password you choose.
- A ticket is required for any guest entering the PPL Center for the Nursing Pinning and Commencement ceremonies, except for children under two years of age.
- Tickets can be printed or shown on a mobile device. Tickets will only scan once, and per the PPL Center’s policies, anyone attempting to use a duplicate ticket will be denied entry to the arena.
- Guest seating is unassigned and available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the ceremony. Guests should refrain from saving seats and are asked to respect reserved signs and accessible seating that may be put up by the PPL Center or the College.
Graduates, faculty, staff and trustees participating in the ceremony do not require tickets.
- Wear business casual attire under your gown for Commencement.
- No corsages or jewelry can be pinned onto your gown (academic or leadership pins are acceptable).
- Wear comfortable shoes. No flip-flops or extremely high heels. Between standing, walking, and spending time with your guests, you’ll be putting quite a bit of pressure on your feet.
- Tassels are worn on the right and moved to the left of your cap when instructed to do so.
Caps can be decorated; however, please use good judgment and be tasteful. No vulgar, foul, or questionable language or imagery. We look forward to seeing your creative and inspiring designs!
Commencement Rehearsal will take place virtually as a module in the Commencement Course on Canvas. All eligible graduates will be enrolled in the course, which can be found in the Courses list.
The virtual Commencement Rehearsal will cover information such as:
- How to dress in your academic regalia
- Explanation of the academic procession and counting graduates into their seats at the PPL Center
- Appropriate behavior and dress code
- Name pronunciation for announcement during the Ceremony
- What to expect during the ceremony – how to walk across the stage, etc.
- Answers to graduates’ questions
Information for Families, Friends, & Guests
Honor your graduate’s achievement with beautiful roses! Roses are available in a variety of colors by the dozen, arranged in a bouquet tied with ribbons representing school colors, and include a gift card with your personal message.
All proceeds from this sale benefit Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, a nonprofit United Way agency dedicated to making the world a safer place.
Further details including the link to order will be published here and shared via email when available.
Recipients of the following awards and prizes are nominated by the campus community and selected by College leadership. The winners are announced and honored during the Commencement Ceremony, and their names are printed in the official Commencement program.
The Crest Awards are presented each year to three graduating seniors whose contributions to the Cedar Crest College community have not only made them the most outstanding student leaders of their class but have also helped build a stronger community. This tradition began in 1995, and is one of the many College traditions, which transcends time and captures the essence of the spirit of the women who have walked the campus grounds for more than 145 years.
Religio — the seated figure on the left of the seal that represents a student who strives to apply enduring standards of value to the circumstances of her life, to guide her own actions, and to demonstrate those values to others.
Libertas — the seated figure in the center of the seal lifts a lighted torch and represents a student who stands as a guardian of the liberal arts and the personal freedom of others.
Scientia — the seated figure on the right of the seal represents a student who scans the globe for opportunities to extend her learning skills into the community for the benefit of others.
Frank M. Cressman Prize
Given by Dr. Frank M. Cressman, life trustee, to the senior who, having begun her college work at Cedar Crest College and having done most of it here, has attained the highest average during the four years, including credits and grades earned at other institutions under such programs as the Washington Semester and Junior Year Abroad.
Reuben J. Butz Prize
Given by Reuben J. Butz and Lillian H. Butz to the senior who has done the most for Cedar Crest College in demeanor and attitude, in application to academic work and in influence among her fellow students.
Given by the Alumnae Association to the senior who, throughout her college life, has shown outstanding qualities of cooperation and responsibility and has contributed unselfish service to Cedar Crest College.
Virginia (Ginny) M. Mihalik ’77 Prize
Given by the class of 1977 in honor of Virginia (Ginny) Pityo Mihalik, a life member of the Alumnae Association and long-serving member of its Executive Board, including two terms as president; for her genuine interest in and dedication to students, their well-being and success. This prize is awarded to the senior who embodies Ginny’s dedication to Cedar Crest College.
School of Adult and Graduate Education’s Endowed Prize for Academic Excellence
This award is given to the undergraduate of the School of Adult and Graduate Education with the highest GPA over the most local Cedar Crest College credits earned.