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Parents' Guide to Commencement

Thursday - Friday, May 10-11

SENIOR SEND-OFF: A brochure describing the events and a registration form will be sent to parents in mid-March, and to each graduating senior at his or her campus mail box, unless we have been notified to send it elsewhere. You may also register and pay for all Senior Send-Off events through the commencement website. For questions regarding these events, please contact Anisa Albertson, 610-861-1369 or

Friday, May 11

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL:  10:00 a.m. in Johnston Hall - There will be a commencement rehearsal for all graduates. This will take approximately 1.5 hours.

SENIOR BRUNCH AND SLIDESHOW: 11:30 a.m. in Marketplace Café. This brunch is for undergraduate students who have registered for Senior Send-Off events.

BACCALAUREATE: 5:00 p.m. in Central Moravian Church. This service will last approximately one hour and is open to graduates, families, and guests. Graduates will wear their caps and gowns and assemble in Foy Hall at 4:15 p.m. (or inside the church if it is raining). The doors of Central Moravian Church will be opened to parents and guests at 4:15 p.m. There is no limit to the number of guests attending. Once seats in the sanctuary are filled, guests will be directed to seats in the balcony area.

DISABILITY ACCESS: It is recommended that people with mobility issues enter Central Moravian Church at the back of the church, where there are no steps. Directions: Coming down Main Street from the North Campus of the College, 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: Parking will be available under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, which is at the bottom of Main Street, below the church, on your right and across from Parking Lot U.

SHUTTLE SERVICE: You may park your car in one of the North campus parking lots and take the shuttle bus to Central Moravian Church. (A map showing campus parking lots is available on-line at Buses will depart from the HUB entrance beginning at 3:30 p.m. and return there after the service.

SENIOR SOIREE AND DINNER DANCE: Immediately following Baccalaureate there will be a reception, dinner and dance in Johnston Hall for graduates, their families, and guests. Please the Senior Send-Off brochure for more information or register online for the Senior Soiree. 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 people usually dress as if they were going to a nice restaurant.

Saturday, May 12

CAP AND GOWN BUFFET BREAKFAST: A breakfast will be held for graduates and their guests between 7:00 and 9:30 am (although graduates should leave at 9:00am and report to the ARC) Reservations and payment are required for this event. Click here for more information and online registration form

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY: 10:00 a.m. on the soccer field behind the HUB (weather permitting). Graduates assemble and robe in the ARC in Johnston Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. The processional will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m. 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. See “severe weather plan” section below.

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.). There will also be closed circuit, large screen viewing in the HUB and other various campus locations. Ushers will be on hand to direct guests. These locations will be a much more comfortable environment for young children and the elderly, who will have easy access to rest rooms and refreshments. For those who cannot come to campus, there will be a live telecast which will begin shortly before the ceremony. The following address will access the telecast:

PARKING: All of the College’s 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 and get to commencement.


If you have guests that need wheelchair accessible seating, please contact Amy McHenry at 610-625-7755.  

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 J, K, and where designated on W. Laurel Street between Monocacy and Gessinger Streets. Campus safety officers will help direct you. The campus entrance at Main St. & W. Locust St. will be closed to traffic after 8:30am. The commencement venue, John Makuvek Field, is wheelchair accessible.  However, another option for accessibility seating is the patio at the back of the Haupert Union Building (HUB).  Seating on the patio will be limited to the person needing accessibility and two others. Please see our campus map for parking lot locations:

CLOSED CAPTIONING: The 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 own mobile devices.

PHOTOGRAPHS: The College has arranged for a professional photographer to take a picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma. The company GradTrak will contact you after the ceremony to ask if you would like to purchase the photo. In order to be respectful to all graduates, personal professional photographers are not allowed.

DVD OF CEREMONY: A professional company will record the entire commencement ceremony and make it available for purchase. Orders may be placed on-line.

SALE OF ROSES: Bouquets of roses are available for pre-purchase or cash and carry on commencement day. All proceeds from this sale benefit the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, a nonprofit, United Way agency. Orders may be placed on-line at

RECEPTION: 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.

LEGACY RECEPTION: 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

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in all of its programs and activities. If you need any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for any of the Commencement-related events, please contact Amy McHenry (610-625-7755) at least two weeks prior to the event.


NEWSPAPER ANNOUNCEMENT: Unless a student has submitted a release form to the Marketing and Communications office, we cannot send an announcement about graduation to a hometown newspaper. The form is available here. Please note, some newspapers are no longer publishing the names of graduates in print. They do, however, put them on their web site.

YEARBOOK: The 2018 Benigna Yearbook is now on sale and can be ordered using one of the following ways:

  1. Online at (you will have to type in “Moravian College” in order to reach our storefront)
  2. Order by phone at 1-800-853-1337, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST
  3. 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


Institutional Advancement:
610 861-1369 (Senior Send-off activities and reservations)

Campus Police:
610 861-1421 (parking, emergencies)

610 861-1485 (gowns, announcements, gifts)

Marketing and Communications:
610 861-1365 (newspaper announcement)

Office of the Provost:
610 861-1348 (general questions)

Weather Hotline:
610 625-7995 or 610 861-1300 or

NOTE: A letter directing parents to Moravian’s commencement website was sent around mid-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 the Registrar.