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Baccalaureate Schedule & Instructions

Friday, May 12, 2017

4:15 p.m.

Hurd Campus
Platform party, faculty, and administrators -- Main Hall, ground floor lounge
Graduates – Foy Hall

In the event of rain:

  • Faculty and administrators -- Central Moravian Church, basement kitchen. Enter through door at lower level on Main Street side of church.
  • Graduates -- Central Moravian Church, east rooms on second floor. Enter through southeast [Church & Heckwelder] door then go upstairs.
  • Platform party -- Central Moravian Church, west rooms behind the Sanctuary.

* Robing areas will be locked and patrolled by Campus Safety or Facilities Services personnel during both Baccalaureate and Commencement.

4:45 p.m.

The processional is led by Faculty Marshal Dr. Lori Toedter, followed by graduates, faculty, staff, then the platform party. The procession will form on the campus pathway and proceed to the southeast entrance of Central Church. Once in church, graduates should file in to the center pews (person nearest pew first) to far end and remain standing until the platform party is seated. The platform party will proceed to the high pulpit.

5:00 p.m.

Chaplain Jennika Borger will preside over the Baccalaureate service. The event will last about an hour.

At the conclusion of the service, the procession will begin moving out along the north aisle and return to the place of formation, platform party first, then faculty, staff, and graduates.

Commencement Schedule & Instructions

Saturday, May 13, 2017

9:00 a.m.

In the Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC)
Graduates -- the lower level -- wearing tassel on the left.

Platform party and Trustees -- the Dance Studio
Faculty and administrators -- the Performance Center

IMPORTANT: Please do not wear shoes with a stiletto heel. We have a brand new, beautiful turf field and wish to protect our investment. A high thin heel will rip the turf and sink into the surface, impeding your ability to walk. Besides, no-one wants to trip and fall on their commencement day!

* Robing areas will be locked and patrolled by Campus Safety or Facilities Services personnel during both Baccalaureate and Commencement.

9:40 a.m.

Please arrive at 9:00am in the ARC to be lined up for procession. The procession starts promptly at 9:40am.  Students arriving too late to be put into proper procession order will process at the very end of the line and make their way to the stage shortly before their names will be called to receive the appropriate diploma.  (Check program for order of names).The procession, with help from Dr. Lori Toedter as Faculty Marshal and Dr. Katie P. Desiderio as Student Marshal, will form in the order as shown on the "Commencement Order of Procession”; this list will be posted on the ARC walls for reference. Graduates proceed from the main entrance of the ARC to the HUB Quadrangle (in the event of rain, from the ARC into Johnston Hall).  The procession will enter the field, proceed to designated seats, and remain standing until President Grigsby invites all to be seated.

10:00 a.m.


When it is time for the conferring of degrees, Provost Cynthia Kosso will go to the podium and request all bachelor degree candidates to rise to be presented for degrees. All students receiving bachelor’s degrees should stand. Following President Grigsby’s statement of conferral immediately after, candidates will be seated again. Master’s degree candidates will be presented next. Following the President's statement, candidates will be seated again. When Dr. Kosso rises again, the first row will then stand and proceed to the stage ramp on the right, followed in order by remaining rows. Dr. Sarah Johnson will announce the names of candidates. The candidate whose name has just been announced will then cross the platform to shake hands with and receive his/her diploma from President Grigsby. The candidate will then proceed to the other end of the platform, turn to face the audience, and have an academic hood placed over his/her head, after which the candidate will return to his/her seat and immediately sit down. B.A. candidates will receive their degrees first, then B.Mus., B.S., B.S.N., M.A.T, M.B.A., M.Ed., M.H.A., M.S.H.R., and M.S.N. candidates. Some students will be receiving specific awards, which are listed in the program. At the appropriate time, those students will be asked to form a line on the right-hand ramp in the order their names appear in the program. As each award recipient's name is called, the recipient will cross the platform to receive his/her award from President Grigsby, then return to his/her seat. Then all those who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will be asked to stand and be recognized in place.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the academic procession, under the direction of Dr. Toedter, will leave the fieldand turn east on Locust St.  The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty, then the graduates.

Immediately following Commencement, refreshments will be served to all participants, their families and friends on the PPHAC patio, or in the event of rain, at various locations in the HUB and/or PPHAC.