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Commencement

Information for Family & Friends

Commencement Ceremonies Celebrating the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Saturday, May 8th

General Information

Moravian College Class of 2020 will be celebrated at their ceremony on Saturday, May 8th at 5:30pm.

Moravian College Class of 2021 will be celebrated at two identical ceremonies on Saturday, May 8th at either 9am or 1:30pm.

Students of both classes will need to RSVP in order to participate in a ceremony.

All ceremonies will be held in person on John Makuvek Field, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, please see the SEVERE WEATHER PLAN below.

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, maintain 6-foot physical distancing, and follow other good health practices such as not touching your face and covering your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing. 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. Disposable masks will be available on site should you need a replacement mask.

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

The online RSVP form will open at 7:00am on Monday, March 29 and remain open until April 14. Graduates will receive an email at their Moravian email address with the link to RSVP.

Class of 2020 students intending to participate in their in-person commencement ceremony on May 8th at 5:30pm will need to RSVP “Yes” by April 14th.

Class of 2021 students intending to participate in commencement will need to RSVP by April 14th, indicating either the 9am or 1:30pm ceremony. Each of these identical Class of 2021 ceremonies will have a capped attendance. Once one ceremony is full, only the other ceremony will be an option for student RSVP.

For all ceremonies, each graduate can invite up to three guests. Those three guests will be seated together, but physically distanced from others, in “pod-style” seating. Each pod is assigned just for those graduate’s guests. Tickets are non-transferable to other students and tickets are required for all guests over the age of two.

The only way to secure tickets for guests is for the graduate to RSVP for their intended ceremony (see RSVP section for more details). All graduates should RSVP as soon as possible. Guests will be given assigned seating based on when their graduate submits their ceremony RSVP.

Guest seating pods placement on the field will be assigned after the graduate completes the online RSVP form. Tickets will be available for graduates to download or email to their three guests after April 30. Graduates will also receive an email notifying them when the tickets are accessible. Tickets (whether downloaded on a phone or printed) are required on site for entry for all guests.

  • 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. 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

  • 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 commencement.

Graduates must bring their Grad Pass with them to student check-in on PPHAC patio, and should plan on coming to campus no earlier than the scheduled times listed here for each ceremony. Students will maintain physical distancing at all times.

Guests may arrive to Makuvek Field for their graduate’s ceremony no earlier than the times listed below. All guests must have a ticket either on their phone or printed out, which will be scanned to gain access to the ceremony. No guests will be admitted without a ticket. Ushers will direct guests to their assigned seating pods. All three guests for each graduate will be seated together in one assigned pod which will be physically distanced from surrounding pods. Tickets are non-transferable to other students, and tickets are required for all guests. (Children under the age of 2 can sit on an adult’s lap without requiring a ticket.)

  Class of 2021 (1st Ceremony) Class of 2021 (2nd ceremony) Class of 2020 Ceremony
Guests with tickets admitted to John Makuvek Field 8:00am 12:30pm 4:30pm
Graduate Check-in at PPHAC patio 8:00am 12:30pm 4:30pm
Processional Begins 8:40am 1:10pm 5:10pm
Ceremony Begins 9:00am 1:30pm 5:30pm

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

Students will process onto the field.

The ceremony will have speakers, conferral of degrees and a traditional stage crossing by each student. Physical distancing will be maintained during all aspects of the ceremony.

GradImages is the official photographer for our commencement ceremonies. (See PHOTOGRAPHS section for more information). We ask that guests remain in their pods during commencement, refraining from coming towards the stage at any time during the ceremony.

The departure from Makuvek Field will be led by the Faculty Marshals, the Presidential Party, and the Faculty. Once the Faculty have cleared, Student Marshals will dismiss graduates by row and graduates must exit out of Makuvek Field. No photographs will be allowed on the field. Guests must meet their graduates outside of Makuvek Field: no exceptions. We recommend you have a prearranged meeting location with your graduate.

  • The College has arranged for a professional photographer to take pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas. GradImages will contact you after the ceremony to ask if you would like to purchase the photo.
  • Due to physical distancing protocols, guests will not be allowed near the stage area.
  • In order to be respectful to all graduates, other professional photographers are not permitted.

The Moravian Bookshop will be setting up a mobile store on Main Campus during all in-person ceremonies. They will be selling all of their graduate and family favorite merchandise so you can get any Moravian College gear before heading off campus for your post-graduation celebration.

  • Bouquets of roses are available for pre-purchase.  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: http://cvclv.org/fundraisers-events/graduation-rose-sale1/ or you can print and mail the order form.

  • Class of 2021 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.

Each ceremony will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends who are not able to celebrate with you in person.

  • 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.

Graduates who wish to obtain personalized announcements may purchase them from Herff Jones.  Orders can be placed at the following website: www.herffjones.com/college/moravian

  • Commencement will be held on campus on Saturday, May 8th 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 unlikely event of severe weather, a commencement celebration event will be held in Johnston Hall and will not include a traditional ceremony.  Rather, the graduate and their three guests will move through the event together but socially distanced from others, making their way to the stage and culminate in a traditional stage crossing where guests will be front and center to cheer.  To-go treats and a personal send-off from our cheering faculty and staff will complete the journey.
  • Graduates will be assigned a 15 minute time slot to arrive on campus which will be listed on their GradPass, which will be sent to the graduate by May 1 to their Moravian email address.
  • ADA drop off and pick up for the severe weather plan event will be in parking Lot F behind Johnston Hall.
  • The severe weather announcement, if needed, will be posted on Friday, May 7 by 5:00 p.m. on the College’s website, and also communicated via campus email.

  • A Moravian legacy is daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, sister, brother, niece, nephew, or any direct relative of a Moravian College graduate.
  • Immediately following Commencement all legacy graduates are invited to a complimentary photo session with their Moravian alumni family member(s). These photos will be printed in the summer edition of the Moravian Magazine.
  • Location to be determined; please contact Justin DeRenzis, Assistant Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, at derenzisj@moravian.edu.

  • Moravian College 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 4 ways:

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 2021 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! Along side a dedication/farewell from their loved ones. Do not miss the opportunity to cherish this moment forever. View more info and pricing.

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.

Class 2021 Senior Send-off Activities & Reservations
Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement
610-861-1366

Parking & Emergencies
Campus Police
610-861-1421

Gowns, Announcements & Gifts
Bookstore
610-861-1485

Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services Center
610-861-1401

General Questions
Office of the Provost
610-861-1348

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.