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Bucknell graduates toss their caps in the air after Commencement


Bucknell's 174th Commencement will be held on Malesardi Quadrangle on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Tickets are not required for Commencement if held outside on Malesardi Quad.

Commencement Week Schedule

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

April 29
Senior Sunset (for graduates only), 6–7:30 p.m., Malesardi Quadrangle
Thursday, May 9Senior Festival (for graduates only), 5–7 p.m., outside the Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center
May 10

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

May 11
College 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)
  • Freeman College of Management, Holmes Hall Patio (rain location: Holmes Hall Lobby)

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

Baccalaureate, 7 p.m., Rooke Chapel

Candlelighting, 8 p.m., Malesardi Quadrangle

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

May 12

Commencement Ceremony, 10 a.m., Malesardi Quadrangle

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

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, time and location TBD

*Tickets are required and will be available for purchase.


Answers to your most common Commencement questions

Parent and gradutate hugging at Commencement 2023

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: 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
01:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m.