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Bucknell graduates toss their caps in the air after Commencement


Bucknell University's 173rd Commencement will be held on Malesardi Quadrangle on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Registration for Commencement Weekend events will remain open until May 7, space permitting. Tickets are not required for Commencement if held outside on Malesardi Quad. 


Registration for Commencement Weekend events is now open

Commencement Week Schedule

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back often for updates.

Monday, May 1Senior Sunset (for graduates only), 6–7:30 p.m., Malesardi Quadrangle
Thursday, May 11Senior Festival, 5–7 p.m., KLARC U and Sojka Lawn
Friday, May 12

Cap and Gown Pickup and Senior Survey, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony and Reception (by invitation only), 3:30 p.m., Forum and Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center

Saturday, May 13College Receptions 1–3 p.m.:
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Sojka Lawn (rain location: Sojka Pavilion)
  • College of Engineering, Quad between Academic East and Academic West (rain location: Academic East and Academic West)
  • College of Management, Holmes Hall Patio (rain location: Holmes Hall Lobby)

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

Bucknell Community College Scholars Graduation Ceremony (by invitation only), 3:30 p.m., Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building

Catholic Mass, 4 p.m., Rooke Chapel

Bucknell for Life Reception (by invitation only), 4:30–5:30 p.m., Great Room, Hildreth-Mirza Hall

Graduates Grill*, 5–8 p.m., Bostwick Marketplace, Elaine Langone Center

Baccalaureate, 7 p.m., Rooke Chapel

Candlelighting, 8 p.m., Malesardi Quadrangle

Commencement Celebration, 8:30–10:30 p.m., Sojka Lawn

Sunday, May 14

Commencement Ceremony, 10 a.m., Malesardi Quadrangle

Farewell Luncheon*, 12:30–3 p.m., Bostwick Marketplace, Elaine Langone Center

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 3 p.m., Rooke Chapel

*Tickets are required and will be available for purchase.


Meet Bucknell's Commencement Speaker

Commencement 2023

Jay Wright '83

Former Bison basketball player, two-time Final Four champion Villanova men's basketball coach and CBS Sports college basketball analyst Jay Wright '83 will return to his alma mater to deliver the keynote address at Bucknell University's 173rd Commencement on Sunday, May 14.

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Answers to your most common Commencement questions

A female 2020 graduate in a cap and gown claps at the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony on Malesardi Quad, May 21, 2022

Congratulations, Parents!

Honor your graduate and their accomplishments by making a gift to Bucknell. You can choose to make a gift in honor of someone who has made an impact on your student at Bucknell. This may be a professor, a coach, a campus employee or a fellow student.

Contact Details



Commencement Hotline: 570-577-1192


Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.