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For 2022 Graduates

Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 am

General Information

The Moravian University Class of 2022 will be celebrated at their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7th. The graduates will process to their seats at 9:40am followed immediately by the ceremony beginning at 10:00am. Due to expected severe weather, the ceremony will be held in person at Breidegam Field House, aka the ARC. 

The details below will provide you with the information and action steps needed for your commencement ceremony.

Moravian University is committed to the health and safety of all our graduates, guests, and community members. Public health guidelines, state restrictions, and the University’s Health and Safety Plan for COVID-19 will remain in effect for all Commencement-related events. All attendees coming to campus will be required to follow these guidelines, which may include wearing a mask covering the mouth and nose while indoors. Anyone failing to comply will not be permitted access to the ceremony and will be required to leave. This is for the health and safety of our entire community and no exceptions will be made. If masks are required at that time, disposable masks will be available on site should you need a replacement mask.

Commencement rehearsal will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 in the ARC. Rehearsal is required for all graduates receiving a bachelor’s degree. Please plan accordingly so you can attend. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending rehearsal, you must email provost@moravian.edu by Wednesday, April 27 to be excused. Rehearsal will last approximately 60-90 minutes. Master's degree, doctor’s degree, and evening division students are encouraged to attend the Thursday rehearsal.

Class of 2022 students must register to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 7th. Graduates will receive an email at their Moravian email address with the link to RSVP and will be able to access their two severe weather tickets at least one week before commencement. Once registered, graduates will receive a GradPass via email, which they must bring to the commencement ceremony.

The online RSVP form will open at 9:00 am on Friday, March 25 and remain open until April 11. Class of 2022 graduates are required to RSVP by April 11 in order to be able to participate. Registration is also the only way to secure severe weather tickets for your two guests.

Please follow these RSVP steps between March 25 (at 9:00 am) and April 11:

  • Access the online RSVP form through the link provided in the email you will receive at 9:00 am on March 25.
  • Enter your Moravian University email address (NOTE: you must use the email address where you received the registration link RSVP Form for Class of 2022).
  • Once your account is registered, you will receive an email confirmation prompting you to create a password.
  • Log in to the online RSVP system and complete the form:
    • Within the form, you will be able to RSVP, provide the phonetic spelling of your name, and record your name to help ensure it is announced correctly at the ceremony.
    • Please note: The RSVP and name collection portions of the site will close on April 11 and will not be able to be reopened under any circumstances.
    • Upon completion of the form, be certain to click Submit. You will receive an email confirmation.

What happens next?

  • Once the Online RSVP System closes on April 11, a professional announcer will record every graduate’s name that RSVP’d YES by this deadline, using the phonetic spelling and recording you provided in order to pronounce your name correctly.
  • If you completed the RSVP on time but did not provide phonetic spelling or record your name, your name will still be recorded in advance using professional judgment.
  • Prior to the ceremony, all graduates that confirmed their participation will receive an email directing them to log in to their account to access their GradPass. You should print the GradPass and bring the hard copy to the ceremony (we also recommend having an electronic back-up copy on your phone). The GradPass will include your ceremony information, check-in time, and QR code that is linked to your recorded name and will be scanned just prior to your walk across the stage. Having your GradPass is mandatory!

All students participating in commencement ceremonies are expected to wear official Moravian University academic regalia which can be purchased through the Moravian Book Shop. The last day to order was March 20. Graduates that have not ordered yet should contact the bookstore immediately at kcostantino@bncollege.com. Graduates will pick up their regalia at the Book Shop from Monday, April 25 through Monday, May 2.

Academic Honor Cords
Although some honor societies have their own induction ceremonies, many honor cords are distributed during the Annual Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Students, which will be held on Sunday, April 24. Invitations will be sent to the appropriate students. Honor cords not acquired at the Awards Ceremony can be picked up at the Book Shop with other regalia between April 25 - May 2.

On commencement day, the Moravian Book Shop will be selling some of their family favorite merchandise on the Main St. campus so you can get Moravian University gear before heading off campus for your post-graduation celebration. Please note the Book Shop will only be able to accept credit cards for payment.

Graduates should arrive by 9:00 a.m. and go to Johnston Hall on commencement morning to line up for the procession. Note that all graduates and guests must adhere to current covid-compliant protocols while on campus.

Leave plenty of time! The procession will begin promptly at 9:40am. Graduates arriving too late to be placed in proper procession order will process at the end of the line and be responsible for making their own way to the stage at the appropriate time.

Be sure to bring:

  • Your GradPass (a printed copy AND back-up picture on your phone)
  • Your cap, gown, hood, mask (if required at that time) and any other college-approved cords or stoles
  • Any items you may need for the weather (umbrella, rain poncho, sunscreen, sunglasses)

The processional starts promptly at 9:40am. Students, with help from the University and Seminary Marshals, will process into Breidegam Field House, proceed to the graduate designated seating, and remain standing until President Grigsby invites all to be seated.

Conferral of Degrees

When it is time for the conferring of degrees, Provost Cynthia Kosso will go to the podium and request that all doctoral degree candidates rise and be presented for degrees. All students receiving doctoral degrees should stand. Following President Grigsby’s statement of conferral immediately after, doctoral candidates will be seated again. Master’s degree candidates will be presented next and should stand and sit when indicated. Finally, Bachelor’s degree candidates will be presented and stand and sit when indicated.

Crossing the Stage

The first row of graduates will be instructed by staff at the stage ramp to stand and proceed to the stage ramp on the right, followed in order by remaining rows. Hoods should be draped over your left arm at this time. Students must have their GradPasses ready to scan upon reaching the stage ramp. Once the student’s name is announced, the student should cross the stage, proceed to the hooding platform and hand their hood to the hooder. The graduate then turns to face the audience just before the hood is placed over their head and onto their shoulders. Next the graduate continues across the stage to receive a handshake and diploma cover from President Grigsby. The photography company, GradImages, will capture this moment with a picture. Finally, the student walks down the stage ramp closest to them, returns to the same seat, and immediately sits down.

Some students will receive specific awards, which are listed in the program. At the appropriate time, those students will be asked to form a line on the right-hand ramp in the order that names appear in the program. As each award recipient's name is called, the recipient will cross the platform to receive the award from President Grigsby, and then return to the same seat and immediately sit down. All graduates who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will then be asked to stand and be recognized in place.

Recessional

The departure from Breidegam Field House will be led by the Faculty Marshals, the Presidential Party, the Faculty, and then the graduates. We recommend you have a prearranged meeting location with your guests.

Reception

There will be a reception with light refreshments on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC) patio or in the event of inclement weather, in the Pavilion of the Haupert Union Building.

The ceremony will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend. Additionally, Johnston Hall has been set up to accommodate all family and friends who wish to watch the live-stream. No ticket is required for seating in Johnston Hall. Please share this information with family and friends who are not able to celebrate in person.

https://www.moravian.edu/2022-livestream

The University has arranged for a professional photographer to take pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas. Grad Images will contact the graduate after the ceremony to ask if the graduate would like to purchase the photo.

In order to be respectful to all graduates, other professional photographers are not permitted.

Live-streaming video of the event will be captioned. Guests watching the video in the provided, on-campus locations or live streaming at home will see the text displayed. A separate text-only website is also available, www.moravian.edu/captions, which is a more data-plan-friendly option for people using their personal mobile devices.

A professional videographer will record the entire Commencement ceremony and it will be available to view and download free of charge approximately one month after the ceremony.

  • Check back here for the ceremony links once they are posted.

Commencement will be held on campus on Saturday, May 7th regardless of the weather. Unless there is weather that threatens personal safety, the commencement ceremony generally continues outside. Please come prepared for the weather (umbrella, raincoat, hat, sunscreen, etc).

In the event of severe weather, the commencement ceremony will be held in the Athletic Recreation Center (ARC) in the Breidegam Fieldhouse, which is next to John Makuvek field.

If Moravian’s ceremony is indoors, guests will be limited to four (4) per graduate. Severe weather tickets will be required for entrance. Tickets can be accessed by the graduate at before commencement as long as the graduate has registered for commencement.

How to Access Your GUEST TICKETS:

  • Step 1: Graduates must log in to moravian.marchingorder.com using the credentials that you used to register for Commencement.
  • Step 2: Select manage tickets, scroll down, select the number of tickets needed, hit submit and then guest tickets can be emailed or printed.  

For any questions regarding your tickets, please email events@moravian.edu.

  • Johnston Hall will have overflow seating for family and friends to view the livestream of the ceremony (beyond 4 guests.)

ADA drop-off and pick-up for the severe weather plan event will be in parking Lot H outside the ARC (for guests with tickets) or Lot F behind Johnston Hall (for guests without tickets). Please note that these are pick-up and drop-off locations only.

Class of 2022 diplomas will be shipped to the address that the graduate provided on the diploma form or the address the Registrar’s Office has on file. Diplomas will be shipped 4-6 weeks after degree conferral/date of completion (end of semester). Graduates will receive an email about downloading a Certified Electronic Diploma which will also become available around 4-6 weeks after degree conferral/date of completion. The student’s account must be clear of all HOLDS to receive a diploma. Questions regarding diplomas can be sent to registrar@moravian.edu.

A Moravian legacy is daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, sister, brother, niece, nephew, or any direct relative of a Moravian University graduate.

Following the ceremony, join us for a Reception to honor the Legacy Graduates. This reception will be located in the Johnston Hall Classroom. At the reception, we will photograph the graduate and their Moravian alumni family member/s. As a graduation memento, graduates will receive a digital copy of the picture, and the images will be printed in the summer edition of the Moravian Magazine.

Registration link coming soon! Have questions? Please contact the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement at alumni@moravian.edu or (610) 861-1366.

Moravian University uses a software application called MERIT (http://moravian.meritpages.com/) to share student achievements, like Graduation and Dean's Honors List, with the hometown media outlets in each of our students' hometown. Once the list of all our graduates is uploaded into MERIT, a notice is automatically sent to hometown media outlets with the announcement.

A yearbook can be purchased for $80 in one of the following ways:

  • Online at www.balfour.com
  • By mail: Fill out the form sent to your home address
  • By phone: Call 1-800-944-5930

For questions about the Yearbook, please contact Vivianna Samite Estevez, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at 610-861-1493 or samitev@moravian.edu.

Class of 2022 Baby Ad Information
Senior Baby Ads is a section of the Yearbook designed specifically for seniors. This includes pictures of your greyhound as a young pup alongside a dedication/farewell from their loved ones. Do not miss the opportunity to cherish this moment forever. View more info and pricing.

More information can be found at the Information for Families and Friends section on the commencement website.

Class 2022 Senior Send-off Activities & Reservations
Office of Alumni & Family Engagement
610-861-1366

Parking & Emergencies
Campus Police
610-861-1421

Gowns, Announcements & Gifts
Bookstore
610-866-5481

Diplomas
Office of the Registrar
610-861-1350

Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services Center
610-861-1401

Commencement Rehearsal & Ceremony Content
Office of the Provost
610-861-1348

General Questions
Office of Conference and Event Management
610-861-1418

NOTE: Commencement information sent to Moravian students is based on a computer list of potential graduates. If in doubt about their graduation status, students should verify their qualifications for graduation with their advisor and the Registrar.