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Commencement Ceremony Celebrating the Class of 2022

Saturday, May 7th at 10:00am

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.

Per President Grigsby’s email sent to all students on Friday, May 6, Moravian University’s 2022 Commencement ceremony has been moved indoors to Breidegam Field House, aka the ARC, due to severe weather. Each student will have 4 tickets for guests. Please see the Severe Weather Plan below.

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.

The ceremony will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend:

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

Additionally, Johnston Hall has been set up to accommodate all family and friends who wish to watch the livestream. No ticket is required for seating in Johnston Hall.

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 to access their severe weather tickets. Once registered, graduates will receive a GradPass via email, which they must bring to the commencement ceremony. See the “For 2022 Graduates” link for more information and details.

Guest seating will be in Breidegam Field House and chairs are provided. Ushers will be available to help with seating starting at 8:30 a.m. ADA seating is available; please see the “Accessibility Needs” section below.

Only service animals are permitted at the event. Additional pets and/or emotional support animals are not permitted at any time.

All University parking lots will be open to guests, although some will be designated as handicapped parking only. Campus police will be available to assist with directions and traffic control. Please leave ample time to find parking before Commencement begins.

Shuttle service will be available from Lot X before and after the Commencement ceremony.

A map showing campus parking lots is available online: www.moravian.edu/campusmaps

Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in all of its programs and activities. If you, or a guest, require special access on campus for the Baccalaureate or Commencement ceremonies, please complete this survey by April 24. The Accessibility Support Office can be reached via phone (610) 861-1401 or email, asc@moravian.edu.

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. Guests can enter the HUB building through the door on Monocacy St. or proceed around the building to seat themselves on the field.

  • Handicapped parking will be available in Lots F, 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 8:00 am.
  • Accessible restrooms are available on the lower and upper levels of the HUB.
  • Some ADA seating will be available both on the HUB portico and Makuvek field although guests are also welcome to seat themselves in any available guest seating on the field.

Severe Weather 

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.

Graduates should arrive by 9:00 a.m. and go to Johnston Hall on commencement morning to line up for the procession. Graduates must bring a printed copy of their GradPass. We also recommend having a back-up picture of your GradPass on your mobile device. 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.

Guests should seat themselves in Breidegam Field House, avoiding any reserved seating areas. Ushers will be on hand after 8:30am to assist guests.

We are pleased to be able to offer an in-person commencement ceremony for our graduates. However, given the ongoing pandemic, some aspects of our ceremony may need to be different this year. We ask your assistance to help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

The ceremony usually lasts about 2 - 2½ hours depending on the number of graduates attending. Students will process onto the field. The ceremony will have speakers, conferral of degrees and a traditional stage crossing by each student.

Grad Images is the official photographer for our commencement ceremony and will capture the graduate’s moment on stage. (See PHOTOGRAPHS section for more information). We ask that guests remain in their seats during commencement, refraining from coming towards the stage at any time during the ceremony.

Once the ceremony is over, the graduates will be led from Makuvek Field by the Faculty Marshals, the Presidential Party, and the Faculty. We recommend you have a prearranged meeting location with your graduate.

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 University has arranged for a professional photographer to take pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas. Grad Images will contact you after the ceremony to ask if you 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.

The Moravian Book Shop will be setting up a mobile store on the Main Street campus during the ceremony. They will be selling much of their graduate and family favorite merchandise 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.

Bouquets of roses are available for pre-purchase and pick up on campus on commencement morning. There will also be a limited supply of cash-and-carry on commencement day.

All proceeds benefit the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, a nonprofit, United Way agency. Orders may be placed online or by printing and mailing an order form. Both options are available here.

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 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. 

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 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.  

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.

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.

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

Moravian is a dog-friendly campus and we are usually excited to see students with their furry friends. However, the graduation ceremony and the campus, in general, have regulations that are to be followed:

  • Service animals are permitted to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. A service animal must be under the control of its handler. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless the individual’s disability prevents using these devices or these devices interfere with the service animal's safe, effective performance of tasks. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
  • Approved emotional support animals have only been approved to be on campus, strictly maintained in dorm rooms only. They are not to be part of the graduation ceremony.

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.

Class 2022 Senior Send-off Activities & Reservations
Office of Alumni & Parent 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.