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Parents' Guide to Commencement

Wednesday - Friday, May 8-10


  • A brochure describing the events and a registration form will be sent to parents in early March, and to each graduating senior at the official address on record, unless we have been notified to send it elsewhere.
  • Registration and payment for all Senior Send-Off events may also be made online:
  • For questions regarding Senior Send-Off events, please contact Sylvia Doyle, 610-861-1371 or

Friday, May 10


  • 10:00 a.m. in Johnston Hall for all graduates.
  • Severe weather tickets will be distributed to graduates.
  • Will last approximately 1.5 hours.


  • 11:30 a.m. in The Star Student Restaurant.
  • For undergraduate students who have registered for Senior Send-Off events.


  • 4:15 p.m. graduates assemble in Foy Hall wearing their caps and gowns (or inside the church in the event of severe weather).
  • 4:15 p.m. doors open to parents and guests. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Once seats in the sanctuary fill, guests will be directed to seats in the balcony area.
  • 5:00 p.m. service begins.
  • Location is Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church Street, Bethlehem PA, 18018.
  • Service is open to graduates, families, and guests.
  • Will last approximately 1 hour.


  • It is recommended that individuals with mobility issues enter Central Moravian Church at the back of the church, where there are no steps.
  • Directions to Accessibility Entrance: Coming down Main Street from the North Campus, cars should make a left on Market Street and turn at the next right onto Heckewelder Place. After discharging passengers, cars should continue to Church Street (which is one-way, therefore you must turn right). Turn left on Main Street to go to the parking lot.


  • Parking is available under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, which is at the bottom of Main Street, below the church, on the right and across from Parking Lot U.


  • Additional parking and shuttle service are available from the North Campus parking lots to Central Moravian Church. A map showing campus parking lots is available online:
  • Shuttles will depart from the HUB entrance beginning at 3:30 p.m. and return to the HUB after the service.


  • Immediately following Baccalaureate there is a reception, dinner and dance in Johnston Hall for those graduates receiving their undergraduate degrees, their families, and guests.
  • Additional information is available in the Senior Send-Off brochure, or, online:
  • Reservations are required by the deadline listed. This is a very popular event and tickets sell out quickly.
  • The dance is not a formal affair, but dress is typically similar to Sunday-best or a nice restaurant.

Saturday, May 11



  • 8:30 a.m. ushers begin seating guests on John Makuvek Field, which is the field behind the HUB (weather-permitting).
  • 9:00 a.m. graduates assemble and robe in the ARC in Johnston Hall.
  • 9:40 a.m. processional begins.
  • 10:00 a.m. ceremony begins on John Makuvek field (weather-permitting).
  • The ceremony lasts approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours.
  • Seating is provided and there is no limit to the number of guests who may be invited, provided the event is outside.
  • Unless there is a downpour or thunder and lightning, the Commencement ceremony generally continues outside.
    • If rain is expected, please come prepared (umbrella, raincoat, etc.).
    • Closed-circuit, large-screen viewing will be available in the HUB and other various campus locations. Ushers will be on hand to direct guests. These locations will be a more comfortable environment for guests who may be especially impacted by the rain, and there will be easy access to restrooms and refreshments.
    • For those who cannot come to campus, there will be a live telecast accessible online:


  • Commencement will be held on campus on Saturday, May 11th regardless of the weather.
  • In the event of severe weather, Commencement exercises will be split into two (2) ceremonies and both will be held in Johnston Hall:
    • 10:00 a.m. The School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (SAHSS) and the Moravian Theological Seminary
    • 2:00 p.m. The School of Natural and Health Sciences (SNHS)
  • Graduates will receive two (2) severe weather tickets for guests to view the ceremony in Johnston Hall. Additional guests can view the ceremony in designated locations in the Haupert Union Building (HUB). If the ceremony is outdoors, no tickets are needed and the number of guests is unlimited.
  • The severe weather announcement will be posted on Friday, May 10 by 5:00 p.m. on the College’s website, and also communicated via campus email.
  • Click “here” for detailed information regarding the severe weather plan


  • 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 Lots W and X before and after the Commencement ceremony.
  • A map showing campus parking lots is available online:


  • 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 safety officers will provide directions.
  • The campus entrance at Main St. & W. Locust St. will be closed to traffic after 8:30 a.m.
  • Accessible seating is also available on the HUB portico for those with limited mobility and their three guests.  Assistance with transport to the portio from the drop-off location will be available.  Guests with ADA needs are also welcome to seat themselves on the field.  Accessible restrooms are available on the lower and upper levels of the HUB as well as the first floor of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC).


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


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


  • 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.
    • View: (once posted)
    • Download: (once posted)



  • Light refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony. Tables will be set up on the PPHAC patio (across from the HUB) or, in the event of rain, at various locations in the HUB.


  • A Moravian legacy is daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, sister, brother, niece, nephew, or any relative of a Moravian College graduate.
  • Immediately following Commencement all legacy graduates are invited to a reception and have a complimentary photo taken with their Moravian alumni family member(s).
  • Location to be determined; please check online:


  • 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 Academic and Accessibility Support via phone (610) 861-1401 or email, at least two weeks prior to commencement. Accessible seating for guests and two (2) companions during commencement is also on the HUB portico.



  • Moravian College 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.


  • The 2019 Benigna Yearbook is now on sale and can be ordered:
    • Online at (type “Moravian College” in order to reach our storefront)
    • By phone, 1-800-853-1337, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. CST
    • By mail (an order form was mailed home to parents/guardians)
  • For questions about the Yearbook, please contact Sara Steinman, Director of Student Involvement at 610-861-1493 or


Senior Send-off Activities & Reservations
Institutional Advancement

Parking & Emergencies
Campus Police

Gowns, Announcements & Gifts

Accessibility Support
Academic & Accessibility Support

General Questions
Office of the Provost

Severe Weather Plan Update


NOTE: A letter directing parents to the Moravian College Commencement website was sent in early March and was 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.