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Moravian College
Commencement

Baccalaureate

Dear Class of 2021, Faculty, and Staff,

Here are a few reminders for you for Baccalaureate. We will gather on Makuvek Field on Friday, May 7th. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The weather forecast looks rainy, please bring umbrellas! Even in the event that it rains, we will still have the ceremony outside. Only if there is a chance of lightning will the event be virtual. You will be sent an email earlier in the day to your moravian.edu account if this is the case.

Graduates can arrive beginning at 5:00 p.m. with their guests and use the same entrances as the guests to enter the field. The graduates will wear their regalia and will seat themselves in the graduate seating section near the stage. Graduates will plan to be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. at the latest.

Guests should plan to arrive no earlier than 5:00 p.m. There will be plenty of space for everyone. Please help us maintain proper physical distancing and community safety by observing COVID-19 protocols.

Faculty and staff should plan to arrive no earlier than 5:00 p.m. Faculty and staff will enter the same entrance as graduates and guests and seat themselves in the faculty and staff section prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

For more information about parking and accomodations, please check the Baccalaureate Website.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!

Sincerely,
Jennika

The Reverend Jennika M. Borger
pronouns: she, her, hers
Chaplain, Moravian College
Office of Spirituality and Inclusion
1305 Main Street Bethlehem
PA 18018 610.861.1583

Graduates and families are invited to Baccalaureate on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. on Makuvek Field. (The ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour). This ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the graduates, reflect on the meaning of their college journey, and offer blessings for them as they anticipate their commencement.

Moravian College is committed to the health and safety of all our graduates, guests, and community members.  Public health guidelines, state restrictions, and the College’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 wear a mask covering the mouth and nose at all times and maintain physical distancing. Anyone failing to comply will not be permitted access to the ceremony and will be required to leave. 

In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be entirely virtual. In case of severe weather please check your Moravian.edu email address to receive a notification of the virtual event. You can watch the virtual event here, moravian.edu/baccalaureate-livestream.

Graduates must complete the google form that was sent to their moravian.edu email address to RSVP for yourself and your guests for the event.

Arriving on Campus

Graduates can arrive beginning at 5:00 p.m. with their guests and use the same entrance as the guests to enter the field. The graduates will wear their regalia and will seat themselves in the graduate seating section near the stage. Graduates will plan to be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. at the latest.

Guests should plan to arrive no earlier than 5:00 p.m. There will be plenty of space for everyone. Please help us maintain proper physical distancing and community safety by observing COVID-19 protocols. 

Faculty and staff should plan to arrive no earlier than 5:00 p.m. Faculty and staff will enter the same entrance as graduates and guests and seat themselves in the faculty and staff section prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Seating

Guests will be seated together, but physically distanced from others, in “pod-style” seating. When you arrive, choose a pod for your group and maintain proper distancing.

Parking

  • All College parking lots will be open to guests, although some may be designated as handicapped parking only. Campus police will be available to assist with directions and traffic control. Guests will want to leave ample time to find parking before Baccalaureate begins.
  • A map showing campus parking lots is available online: moravian.edu/campusmaps

ADA Parking and Seating Acceess

  • It is strongly recommended that those with mobility issues be dropped off in the vicinity of the Haupert Union Building (HUB). Drop-off and pick-up will be on W. Laurel St. between Orchard St. and Monocacy St. in the posted area.
  • Handicapped parking will be available in Lots I, J, and where designated on W. Laurel Street between Monocacy and Gessinger Streets. Campus police will be on site to assist.
  • The campus entrance at Main St. & W. Locust St. will be closed to traffic after 8:30 a.m.
  • Accessible restrooms are available on the lower and upper levels of the HUB.
  • Some ADA seating will be available on the HUB portico although guests are also welcome to seat themselves on the field.
  • Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in all of its programs and activities. If you, or a guest, require special access on campus, please contact the Director of Accessibility Support via phone (610) 861-1401 or email, aasc@moravian.edu at least two weeks prior to Baccalaureate.

Live Streaming

Closed Captioning

  • 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, moravian.edu/captions, which is a more data-plan-friendly option for people using their personal mobile devices.