We expect the 168th Commencement Ceremony to be held outside on the Malesardi Quadrangle on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Should rain or other weather conditions impair or imperil the outdoor Ceremony, Commencement will be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse at 10 a.m. Each graduate will receive five (5) tickets for the indoor Ceremony with receipt of caps and gowns. Since there is insufficient seating available in Gerhard Fieldhouse for all guests, only those individuals with tickets will be admitted. Ushers will be on duty to answer questions and to direct you to guest seating. Guests who do not have tickets can view Commencement by live webcast at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building.
Determination will be made at the earliest possible time on Sunday morning if the outdoor Ceremony must be canceled and moved to Gerhard Fieldhouse. To alert you to the change, we will make announcements through 570.577.2020 and campus email notification. Signs will be posted at the entrances to Malesardi Quadrangle and the lobby of the Elaine Langone Center. In addition, the University telephone operators will be informed at 570.577.2000.
If the event must be moved indoors, GRADUATES WILL NOT PROCESS. Graduates will take their seats before 9:40 a.m. and will be arranged in the SAME ORDER whether the Ceremony is inside or outside. A detailed seating chart will be distributed to each graduate before Commencement. Faculty marshals and assistants will be stationed in the area reserved for graduate seating and will seat graduates in the order in which they will receive degrees.