Commencement Weekend

Where and when do we pick up our caps and gowns, tickets, etc.?

All graduates who are walking in Commencement are required to wear a cap, gown, and hood for their discipline.

All orders will be shipped to the College Store and available for pickup, along with a Commencement packet containing tickets and information for Commencement weekend.

Students needing to make alternative arrangements for pickup should contact the store. Any other questions regarding regalia can be directed to Heather Sherman ( or by calling the College Store (717-867-6313).

What is proper attire for Baccalaureate and Commencement?

Students graduating must wear regalia for both Baccalaureate and Commencement. Caps are required for Commencement but may be omitted for Baccalaureate. If you are missing items, please go to the College Store immediately for assistance.

Not sure how to wear your hood? View this tutorial, courtesy of Suffolk University.

Clothing and shoes are required to be worn under the gown. It is recommended that graduates dress in business casual or more formal attire. Offensive T-shirts and other garments will not be permitted.

Where and when do candidates for graduation check in and line up for Commencement?

Candidates for degrees will robe and line up in the Arnold Sports Center Arena on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 9 a.m.

What do we need to bring to Commencement?

Graduates need to bring their cap, gown, tassel, and graduation card (indicates order of procession and name pronunciation). Cell phones and mobile devices will need to be set on "silent."

How long is the Baccalaureate Ceremony?

Approximately 45 minutes.

How long is the Commencement Ceremony?

Approximately 2.5 hours.

Do we get our actual diplomas at Commencement?

If you have fulfilled all academic and financial requirements, you will receive your diploma at Commencement.

How can candidates for graduation help to ensure their names are pronounced correctly at Commencement?

To ensure correct pronunciation of your name please stop by the Registrar’s Office to clarify.

Are graduates allowed to decorate their mortar boards?


What hotels/inns are recommended for parents and guests?

Please visit for recommended hotels and contact information.