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For 2023 Graduates

Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 am

General Information

The Moravian University Class of 2023 will be celebrated at their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. The graduates will process to their seats at 9:40am followed immediately by the ceremony beginning at 10:00am on John Makuvek Field.

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

Class of 2023 students must register to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 6th. Graduates will receive an email to their Moravian email address with the link to RSVP. Once registered, graduates will receive a GradPass via email, which they should bring to the commencement ceremony.

Information regarding the online RSVP form will be sent to students eligible for graduation.

All students participating in commencement ceremonies are expected to wear official Moravian University academic regalia which can be purchased through the Moravian Book Shop. Pre-ordering guarantees you receive a gown that properly fits.  You have a choice to have your regalia shipped to the Moravian Book Shop for free or to your home with a fee for shipping. Use this link to order:

  • Site opens to begin ordering:  2/1/23

  • Last day to order (ship to store):  3/18/23

  • Last day to order (ship to home):  4/12/23

  • Pick up Regalia at the Moravian Book Shop:  4/24/23 – 5/1/23

If you do not order by the cut-off date, we will have limited quantities of extra regalia at the Moravian Book Shop.  You would need to stop in between April 24th and May 1st to be fitted.

Note:  Doctoral students have two gown options.  Most will get the “Doctorate Degree Package”.  If you are going into teaching or a field that will require you to wear regalia for years to come, you can order the “Doctorate Fine Quality Regalia”.  Just follow that link on the order page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Moravian Book Shop by phone (610) 866-5481 or email  

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 23. 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 24 - May 1.

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. 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
  • Your cap, gown, hood 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. Graduates, with help from the University and Seminary Marshals, will process onto John Makuvek Field, 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 Carol Traupman-Carr 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. Students should have their GradPasses ready to scan upon reaching the stage ramp. Once the student’s name is announced, the student should cross the stage. 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.


The departure from John Makuvek Field 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.


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. Please share this information with family and friends who are not able to celebrate in person.

The University has arranged for a professional photographer to take pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas. GradImages 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 will be available to access a week prior to the ceremony. This 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 6 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.

ADA drop-off and pick-up for the severe weather plan event will be in parking Lot H outside the ARC or Lot F behind Johnston Hall. Please note that Lot H is a pick-up and drop-off location only.

Class of 2023 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

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 or (610) 861-1366.

Moravian University uses a software application called MERIT ( 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
  • 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, Associate Director of Student Engagement at 610-861-1493 or

Class of 2023 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 2023 Senior Send-off Activities & Reservations
Office of Alumni & Family Engagement

Parking & Emergencies
Campus Police

Gowns, Announcements & Gifts

Office of the Registrar

Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services Center

Ceremony Content
Office of the Provost

General Questions
Office of Conference and Event Management

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.