Weekend events from Friday through Sunday include completion of the post graduate survey, cap and gown pickup, the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony, departmental receptions, Presidential events, religious gatherings, the Saturday night Commencement Celebration, Sunday's Commencement Ceremony and the Graduates Farewell Luncheon.

Events are free and open to all guests attending Commencement weekend. However, fees are assessed for housing and tickets must be purchased for the Courtside Grill and Graduates Farewell Luncheon.

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Friday, May 17

Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Post Graduate Survey and Caps and Gowns

  • It's important we learn of your post graduate plans! The CDC has a brief survey that feeds data for you and your classmates into Bucknell's annual post graduate report of activity.
  • After completing the Post Graduate Survey, graduates will receive honors medallions, senior gift drive items, rain location tickets and 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.
  • Caps and gowns must be picked up by the graduating student only. This cannot be completed by a designee.

Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Honor Your Graduate - Senior Parent Commencement Pin Distribution

We are grateful for our parents who chose to honor their graduate with a gift to Bucknell. As a sincere thank you, senior parents who have given a gift of any amount during this fiscal year will receive a pin to wear proudly at Commencement.

1 – 2 p.m.
Muslim Community Space, Davis Hall, Room 140
Friday Congregational Prayer

Come get a taste of Campus Muslim Life by joining us for our weekly congregational worship in the Muslim Community Space. This service features a two-part sermon known as the khutbah, with a pause between the sections of the sermon to allow for a time of personal prayer, or du’a.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Forum, Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony (by invitation only)

The ceremony will induct new members into the oldest honorary society in the United States. A reception will immediately follow in the Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center, second floor.

5:30 p.m.
Berelson Center for Jewish Life, 632 St. George Street, Lewisburg
Shabbat Service

A Shabbat service for seniors and graduate students and their families.

8:15 p.m.
Davis Hall Lounge
Community Iftar

Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset and break their fast together in an iftar dinner. Join us for iftar dinner in Davis Hall Lounge during Commencement weekend.

9 - 11 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion
Wine and Cheese Reception

An event to honor seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, administration and staff. Families are invited to attend.

Alcohol will be served. A wrist band is required for guests planning to consume alcoholic beverages. Banding for all guests over age 21 will be offered on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center on Friday, May 17, from noon - 5 p.m. It will also be offered near the entrance to the Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening.

Saturday, May 18

10 a.m.
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
President’s Senior Awards Ceremony

University prizes and awards for academic achievement and personal merit will be conferred on members of the Class of 2019 by the President and faculty. The Office of the Provost will notify seniors who are receiving awards in May. A reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony in the Weis Center Atrium.

Noon – 4 p.m.
Post Graduate Survey and Caps and Gowns Continues

Noon – 4 p.m.
Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Honor Your Graduate - Senior Parent Commencement Pin Distribution

1 – 4 p.m.
Bucknell Campus
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, or can be viewed online.

1 p.m.
Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building
Posse Graduation Ceremony (by invitation only)

The ceremony will celebrate student leaders in the POSSE Scholars Program.

2 p.m.
Bucknell Hall
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

The Commissioning Ceremony is the culmination of years of study and effort that result in a cadet becoming a commissioned officer, marking the transition from officer trainee to a leader of soldiers. A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately after.

4 p.m.
Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building
BCCSP Graduation Ceremony (by invitation only)

The Bucknell Community College Scholars Program will celebrate the accomplishments of graduating scholars.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Chips Off the Ol’ Block Reception (by invitation only)

This reception is an opportunity to celebrate the Bucknell legacy. Class of 2019 legacy students and their families will gather for an informal mix and mingle reception with President John Bravman.

4:30 p.m.
Rooke Chapel
Catholic Mass

Mass will be followed by a reception in front of Rooke Chapel.

5 – 8 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion
Courtside Grill

This grilled, buffet dinner is an opportunity for seniors, graduate students, and their families to meet and dine informally.

8 – 8:50 p.m.
Rooke Chapel
Interfaith Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is an interfaith service of worship for seniors and graduate students and their guests. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. For a further description of this event, visit bucknell.edu/BaccalaureateService.

9 p.m.
Malesardi Quadrangle
Candlelighting Ceremony

Seniors will line the perimeter of the Malesardi Quad to recreate the Candlelighting Ceremony that is part of first-year Orientation. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to attend and will be seated in the center of Malesardi 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 Gerhard Fieldhouse.

9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion
Commencement Celebration

Families, friends and members of the faculty and administrative staff are invited to join seniors and graduate students at the Commencement Celebration 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. A wrist band is required for guests planning to consume alcoholic beverages. Banding for all guests over age 21 will be offered on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center on Saturday, May 18, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will also be offered near the entrance to the Commencement Celebration on Saturday evening.

Sunday, May 19

The Malesardi Quadrangle is closed until 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 19.

10 a.m.
Malesardi Quadrangle
Commencement Ceremony

Tickets are not required for Commencement if held outside on Malesardi Quad. The Ceremony will conclude at approximately 1 p.m.

  • No rehearsal for seniors and graduate students is scheduled for the Commencement Ceremony; information will be sent to seniors and graduate students from the Office of the Registrar before the end of the semester.
  • General information about the Commencement Ceremony (special seating, first-aid station, etc.) will be available at kiosks on Malesardi Quad prior to and during the ceremony.
  • At least one guest must remain to hold seats on Malesardi Quad. Items left unattended will be removed and can be claimed in the Office of the Registrar, 102 Marts Hall, following the ceremony.
  • Lost-and-found items will be held at the Switchboard in the Elaine Langone Center.
  • Restrooms are available on all floors of the Bertrand Library, Coleman Hall, Vaughan Literature Building and the Elaine Langone Center. Portable restroom facilities will be available on the west side of the library. With the exception of the portable restrooms, all facilities are accessible.
  • The 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 Malesardi Quad.
  • A live webcast of the Commencement Ceremony will be available. For information and a link to the live webcast, go to bucknell.edu/CommencementLive.

Accessible Seating: Wheelchairs and Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Seating arrangements are available on a limited basis for those individuals using a wheelchair or who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Each guest in this area may be accompanied by one additional guest.
  • Telephone the Commencement hotline at 570-577-1192 before Friday, May 10, to make arrangements for this seating area or for details pertaining to local durable medical equipment vendors. The University does not loan or rent wheelchairs.
  • Guests should be advised that the outdoor Ceremony is held in an unshaded area.
  • An alternative indoor viewing area will be available in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building.

Inclement Weather

  • In case of rain, Commencement may be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse or delayed up to two hours, then remain outdoors as planned.
  • Seniors and graduate students will receive five tickets each for the indoor Ceremony when they pick up their caps and gowns.
  • Guests who do not have tickets may view Commencement by live webcast in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building.
  • If the Ceremony is delayed or moved to the indoor location, announcements will be made 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 providing information at 570-577-2000.
  • Visit bucknell.edu/RainPlan for additional details.

Photography Information

  • A photography team from Island Photography will be at the ceremony to take a candid photograph of each graduate at the special moment of recognition.
  • PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY feel free to visit islandphoto.com and scroll down to select Graduation Day Photos Pre-Registration.
  • Graduates attending Commencement will receive an email with a link to view/order their proofs within 48 hours after the Ceremony. In addition, copies of graduates’ digital images and an order form will be distributed by first-class mail about one week after the Ceremony.
  • After the Ceremony, graduates may order online or call 800-869-0908.
  • Questions should be emailed to custserv@islandphoto.com.
  • Family members are encouraged to remain seated and enjoy the Ceremony. However, an area on the west side of Malesardi Quadrangle will be designated for guests to take personal photos of the graduates as they receive their diplomas.

12:45 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion, Bostwick Dining Room, Terrace Room
Graduates Farewell Luncheon

The luncheon provides an opportunity for family members and guests to congratulate graduates prior to departure from campus. This event is held in Sojka Pavilion, Bostwick Dining Room and the Terrace Room immediately following the ceremony.