Commencement weekend events are open to all guests attending (except where noted) and are free, with the exception of housing, the Courtside Grill and the Graduates Farewell Luncheon.

Register for Commencement 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Noon – 3 p.m.
Post Graduate Survey and Caps and Gowns
On-line registration (April 2015)

Graduation registration processing activities requiring approximately 5 minutes will take place by appointment in the Refectory of the Elaine Langone Center from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

  • After completing the Post Graduate Survey, graduates will be directed to the proper location to receive honors medallions and rain location tickets and to pick up their caps and gowns.
  • Procession directions for the Commencement ceremony will be provided to graduates when caps and gowns are distributed.
  • Caps and gowns are provided to graduates at no charge. Caps and gowns do not need to be returned.

5 p.m.
Shabbat service
A Shabbat service for senior and graduate students and their families will be held at the Berelson Center for Jewish Life, 632 St. George St., Lewisburg.

7 p.m.
Commencement Concert - Weis Center
Performance will be announced in the near future. Please check back for additional information.

9 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception
A reception to honor graduates, along with faculty, administration and staff. Families are invited and welcome to attend this event in Sojka Pavilion.

Alcohol will be served and a wristband is required for guests planning to consume alcoholic beverages. Banding for all guests over the age of 21 will be offered in the Elaine Langone Center, second floor registration area on Friday, May 15, from noon - 4:30 p.m. It will also be offered near the entrance to the Wine & Cheese Reception on Friday evening.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Post Graduate Survey and Caps and Gowns 
(See Friday Noon – 3 p.m. for details)

10 a.m.
President’s Senior Awards Ceremony

The President and faculty will honor seniors at a ceremony in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. University prizes and awards for academic achievement and personal merit will be conferred on members of the Class of 2015 at this ceremony.

  • The Provost's office will notify seniors who are receiving awards in May.
  • A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony in the Weis Center Lobby.

1 - 4 p.m.
Departmental Receptions
Departments will hold receptions in many areas throughout campus. A detailed schedule of locations will be available in the Elaine Langone Center during Commencement Weekend.

4:30 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Catholic Mass will be offered in Rooke Chapel. A reception will be held immediately following in front of Rooke Chapel.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Chips Off the Ol' Block Reception (by invitation only)

This event is an opportunity to celebrate the Bucknell Legacy. Class of 2015 legacy students and their alumni families will gather for an informal mix and mingle reception with President John Bravman.  This event will take place in the Terrace Room in the Elaine Langone Center.

5 - 8 p.m.
Courtside Grill

An early evening grilled buffet dinner, served in Sojka Pavilion, gives graduates and their families an opportunity to meet and dine informally. Tickets are required.

8 - 8:45 p.m.
Inter-Faith Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is an inter-religious service of worship for seniors, graduate students and their guests. The service will be offered in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

9 p.m.
Candlelighting Ceremony

Seniors will line the perimeter of the Academic Quadrangle to participate in the Candlelighting Ceremony. This event recreates the candlelighting ceremony in which the class participated during their first-year orientation. Parents, family, and friends are encouraged to attend and will be seated in the center of the Quad. Parents and guests will have a role in the ceremony, directed by a member of the Bucknell Parents Board. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Gerhard Fieldhouse.

9:30 p.m. - midnight
Commencement Celebration

Families, friends, and members of the faculty and administrative staff are invited to join the graduates at the Commencement Celebration in Sojka Pavilion immediately following the Candlelighting Ceremony, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all guests.

Alcohol will be served and a wristband is required for guests planning to consume alcoholic beverages.
Banding for all guests over the age of 21 will be offered in the Elaine Langone Center, second floor registration area on Saturday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Banding will also be offered at the Courtside Grill and near the entrance to the Commencement Celebration on Saturday evening.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

10 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony

Tickets are not required for Commencement if held outside on the Academic Quadrangle. Ceremony will conclude at approximately 1 p.m.

  • No rehearsal for seniors or graduate students is scheduled for the Commencement ceremony; information will be sent to graduates from the Registrar’s Office before the end of the semester.
  • General information about the Commencement ceremony (special seating, first-aid station, etc.) will be available at three kiosks on the Academic Quadrangle prior to and during the ceremony.
  • At least one guest must remain to hold seats on the Quad. Items left unattended will be removed and can be claimed in the Registrar's Office, 102 Marts Hall, following the ceremony.
  • Lost-and-found items will be held at the University Switchboard on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center.
  • Restrooms are available in the Bertrand Library and all floors of Coleman Hall; all are accessible. There is also an accessible restroom in Marts Hall on the ground level off Dent Drive. Portable restroom facilities are located to the west of the Library.
  • Outside ceremony is held on the lawn. Please dress appropriately for grass and weather.
  • Beverage stations will be located near the Library on the south end of the Quad.
  • Streaming of the Commencement Ceremony will be available. Please refer to closer to May for additional information.

Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Graduates Farewell Luncheon

The luncheon provides an opportunity to extend congratulations to the graduates, families and guests prior to departing from campus at the Farewell Luncheon in Sojka Pavilion, Bostwick Dining Room and the Terrace Room immediately following the ceremony. Tickets are required.

4 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Catholic Mass will be offered in Rooke Chapel.


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