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Please find answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions for our 2020 and 2021 Commencement celebrations taking place May 22 and 23, 2021.


What time is my ceremony?

Students in the Class of 2020 will all graduate on Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

Students in the Class of 2021 received an email with their assigned ceremony time. Because these times were determined based on number of respondents and fields of study, no requests for time exemptions will be honored. Students who submitted the RSVP response, but did not receive an email, should contact

Can I switch my ceremony time? 

No. Because ceremony times were determined based on number of respondents and fields of study, no requests for time exemptions will be honored.

How can I get my tickets?   

Tickets will be mailed to students in the Class of 2020 along with Class of 2021 graduates who are learning remotely. Current students in the Class of 2021 who are on/around campus, can pick up tickets in the Allan W. Mund College Center during designated times (watch email for more details). They can also pick up tickets in the Registrar’s Office. Tickets not picked up will be distributed through campus mail.

What safety precautions will be in place?

  • Based on square footage and social distancing guidelines, graduates will be seated in the Sorrentino Gymnasium, and guests will participate in the ceremony from a multi-screen viewing area in the adjacent Arena. While this setup is not ideal, we are delighted to include guests in the best manner possible at this time.
  • Masks are required for all participants, staff, and guests, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building and all seats are placed for social distancing.
  • Each student will cross the stage, but there will be no handshakes.
  • Students will not process in, and they will all be dismissed by row to minimize entering and exiting congestion.
  • Faculty and administrators without roles in the ceremony program are invited to join online rather than in person or in the building. 

Will guests be in the Gymnasium with graduates?

Unfortunately, no. Based on square footage and social distancing guidelines, graduates will be seated in the Sorrentino Gymnasium and guests will participate in the ceremony from a multi-screen viewing area in the adjacent Arena. Lebanon Valley College recognizes the importance of welcoming both graduates and guests as part of Commencement celebrations. All ceremony and location decisions were made by prioritizing the inclusion of parents, family members, and loved ones as part of the ceremonies. 

Why is the ceremony being held indoors?

After extensive investigation of on campus, off campus, indoor, and outdoor options, the decision to hold 2020 and 2021 celebration indoors was based on CDC safety guidelines, quality audio and visual considerations, weather factors, and equipment, materials, and facilities availability.

If a graduate has extra tickets, are they permitted to share the tickets with another graduate?

Yes. Graduates who are attending the in-person ceremony may share unused guest tickets with another graduate who has been assigned to the same ceremony. This does not need to be reported to the College as safety guidelines and procedures are based on the overall number of attendees.

How are diplomas distributed to graduates?

Diplomas will be mailed home to Lebanon Valley College graduates following the final calculations of all grades for May graduates—approximately six weeks following graduation. The College reserves the right to hold any diplomas or transcripts for students who may have remaining balances on their student account. Please contact the Business Office for further information.

How will I be able to locate links for online viewing of the commencement ceremony?

Links for all online commencement ceremonies and celebrations will be located at

Will there be handshaking when receiving diplomas? 

Unfortunately, we cannot allow handshakes or hugging on the platform as you receive your diploma covers. Please plan to choose from these “creative” no contact greetings: air high five, air fist pump, or air peace sign with bow. The platform party will follow your lead and greet you back. 

Can I take pictures without my mask? 

If you are inside the gym or arena, we will not allow the removal of masks for photos; with the exception of the photo being taken by Island Photography immediately after you receive your diploma. If you wish to take photos on campus before or after the ceremony, please feel free to remove your masks temporarily, but we ask that you “mask up” immediately after to protect the other guests on campus. 

How should I plan to find my family after the ceremony? 

Guests will be asked to immediately exit the building following commencement. In order to adhere to distancing regulations, we will encourage families to find one another at the football stadium or in the surrounding area outside the Sports Center.  If you are graduating at 10 a.m. on Sunday, please keep in mind, the second ceremony guests will begin arriving by Noon.  We ask that you be mindful of their arrival and need to enter the facility using the same safety guidelines and distancing protocols. 

How can I make my day feel special for my parents, even though they can’t be in the same part of the Sports Center to see me cross the stage? 

The College is disappointed that we are limited in capacity guidelines for this event. With that said, many graduates are considering other creative ways to commemorate the specialness of the day. You can plan to have a photo session on campus prior to the day in your cap and gown. Plan to meet with your bubble before or after for a celebratory meal or toast off-campus. Take advantage of the free photo from Island Photography, which will capture you crossing the stage. Plan for a unique "no-touch" greeting for President MacLaren. Share the streaming information with family at home and have them share special messages on social media.

When is Baccalaureate? 

Because of the need for multiple Commencement ceremonies and our limitations surrounding capacity, LVCs 2021 Baccalaureate will be a virtual celebration. A link to the online celebration will be available on the Commencement webpage beginning Friday, May 21.

Will the College reconsider capacity considerations based on the new PA State guidelines? 

LVC has established protocols and procedures for student and public safety for the Spring 2021 semester. These include requiring mask-wearing both indoors and outdoors and maintaining a minimum of six feet of distance for seating locations indoors. We will maintain those protocols through the end of the semester (May 23, 2021) and through Commencement weekend, regardless of any changes in standards issued by the Commonwealth. As such, we have maximized the available seating in the spaces that will be utilized for Commencement, and no additional tickets will be available. Though the most recent guidelines are welcomed good news, they cannot be applied to our ceremonies for the weekend because we must still consider six-foot distancing and the ability to accommodate all of our guests and graduates appropriately.