Is information about Commencement Weekend available online?
Yes, the 2015 Commencement schedule is online.
Is there a hotline number to assist us?
Yes, the hotline is generally staffed from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. during the work week. Call 570.577.1192 for personal assistance.
Is on-campus housing provided?
Yes, lodging is provided in specific residence halls. There are limited private baths available only to families attending with an individual with a disability. Many families like the convenience of staying on campus with no parking issues. Learn more about on-campus accommodations.
Are pets welcome on campus?
No, pets are not permitted in the residence halls and are not allowed at the Commencement Ceremony on the Academic Quad.
Are there wheelchairs available?
The University does not loan or rent wheelchairs. You may call Home Care Products at 1.800.522.1284 to rent one. It can be picked up at the switchboard located on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center.
What is the best way for the elderly and people with disabilities to access the Academic Quad for the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday?
As you enter campus, Public Safety officers will direct you to the drop-off in front of the Academic Quad on Dent Drive. Staff will be there to assist your guests in exiting the vehicle, providing information on restrooms, accessing the Quad via an elevator in either Marts or Coleman Halls and answering any other questions you might have. The driver of the vehicle can then park the car in one of the many parking lots offering shuttle options.
Can wheelchairs be accommodated on the Academic Quad?
Yes. Call the hotline number at 570.577.1192 to reserve seating in this area and for personal attention to details. This section is exclusively for wheelchair accommodations and family members. (See how to access Academic Quad in previous question.)
Is there a "signer" for deaf or HOH?
Yes. Call the hotline number at 570.577.1192 for reserved seating in this section.
Do I need to worry about sufficient guest seating on the Academic Quad?
No, there is always enough seating available for all guests. If you are planning to come early to reserve seats, please note that at least one guest must remain to hold seats. Items left unattended will be removed. The Quad will not open until 7 a.m.
Is there inside viewing when the ceremony is outside?
Yes, inside viewing is available at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building (directly adjacent to the reserved wheelchair section). These two locations are close, have very large high definition video screens, and offer guests a comfortable climate. Many other live simulcast viewing locations will be available should the ceremony be held indoors.
Is there a procedure in place for inclement weather?
Yes. Unfortunately, weather in central Pennsylvania is difficult to predict at times. The weather call is generally made by 7 a.m. Sunday morning. It will be posted as a "campus notification email" to the graduating senior as well as at 570.577.2020.
Will the graduating senior receive tickets in the event of inclement weather?
Yes, the graduating senior will receive five (5) rain tickets with his or her regalia. These tickets will be required if the ceremony is held indoors in the Gerhard Fieldhouse. Tickets are not required on the Academic Quad, with the exception of specific reserved seating. Other guests may view a live simulcast of the Commencement ceremony indoors at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Trout Auditorium in Vaughan Literature and many other locations. For a complete list, see signage posted in the Elaine Langone Center.
Are there shuttles?
Yes, shuttles can be found circling the entire campus from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday and will be available after the ceremony and lunch.
What should I wear?
The ceremony takes place on the Academic Quad, where seating is in the grass area. Sensible shoes should be worn, especially if the weather has been wet. Dressing with layers is appropriate as the weather can change throughout the morning ranging from quite chilly to extreme heat.
Are there accommodations to get beverages and/or snacks?
Yes, the Bison Snack Bar is open on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Limited drinks and snacks are available for purchase under a tent on the east side of the Bertrand Library. In addition, complimentary water and coffee are available in front of the Library.
Are there sufficient restroom accommodations?
Yes, restrooms are available in the Bertrand Library and all floors of Coleman Hall. All are accessible. Portable restroom facilities are located to the west of the Library. There is an accessible restroom in Marts Hall on the ground level off Dent Drive.
Is there an area to take photos of graduates as they receive their diploma?
Yes, there is an area on the west side of the Quad for guests to take photos as their graduate is receiving their diploma. Please note that a photographer from Grad Images will be taking a photo of each graduate as they receive their diploma so feel free to stay seated and relax. Information will be sent out about how to purchase these photos directly from Grad Images.
Is there a live broadcast for family who are unable to attend?
Yes. For information and a link to the live broadcast, go to bucknell.edu/CommencementLive.
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