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Moravian University to celebrate its 280th commencement on Saturday, May 7, in Bethlehem

UPDATE: The 2022 Commencement ceremony has been moved indoors. Visit for details.

BETHLEHEM, PA, May 4, 2022: Today, Moravian University announced it will hold its on-campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. on John Makuvek Field, located on their Main Street campus. The 280th commencement ceremony will be the final event of the weekend to celebrate new Moravian University graduates, following Intercultural Graduation and Baccalaureate, both being held on Friday, May 6. 

“The students in the class of 2022 have shown tremendous resilience during their college careers, and I am very happy they’ll be celebrated in person and on campus this Saturday as the first graduating class of Moravian University, formerly Moravian College,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian University. “Each and every one of them deserves to enjoy this day with family and friends before they move on to the next chapter of their lives.” 

Moravian University will confer degrees to nearly 500 bachelor degree candidates, more than 200 graduate degree candidates and several doctoral degree candidates.

During the ceremony on Saturday, Charles Decker ’63, will serve as keynote speaker and will be receiving an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters. Dana Dunn, professor of psychology at Moravian University, will make a statement to the graduates.

Benitta Ngobeni, Class of 2022, will make a statement to bachelor’s degree candidates, and Melissa Alleyne, Class of 2022, will address graduate degree candidates.

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Event details:

Intercultural Graduation
Friday, May 6, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. 
Main Street campus in the Haupert Union Building (HUB)
1119 Monocacy Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Friday, May 6, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 
Central Moravian Church
73 W. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18018

Moravian University’s 280th Commencement
Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
Main Street campus at John Makuvek Field
Across from 221 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Media contact:
Moravian University
Michael Corr
Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications

About Moravian University
Moravian University is the nation's sixth-oldest university, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian University degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to midsize independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian University focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.