Celebrating the accomplishments of nearly 900 graduates, Bucknell University's 168th Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, on Malesardi Quadrangle.
The University will confer 868 degrees, with 852 students receiving bachelor's degrees and 16 receiving master's degrees. The College of Arts & Sciences will confer 548 undergraduate degrees, the College of Engineering will award 167, and the Freeman College of Management will confer 137 undergraduate degrees in its inaugural graduating class.
The Class of 2017 represents 32 states as well as 16 countries.
The student speaker for Commencement will be Jackson Pierce-Felker '18, a psychology and creative writing major from Rockville, Md. Mukta Phatak '18, a theatre major from Berkeley Heights, N.J., will sing the national anthem.
The ceremony will be streamed live on Bucknell's Facebook page and through a live webcast.
Financial analyst and best-selling author Jim Cramer P'18, host of CNBC's Mad Money and co-host of CNBC's Squawk on the Street, will deliver the keynote address. A former hedge fund manager, Cramer currently runs the charitable trust portfolio Action Alerts PLUS and is the chief markets columnist for TheStreet's Real Money.
"Jim Cramer's entrepreneurial spirit, combined with his deep belief in the value of a broad education, in many ways speaks to the foundation of the educational experience Bucknell provides," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "I have no doubt that his words will be inspirational and thought provoking as our students take this monumental step forward in their lives."
Cramer has deep connections to Bucknell. His wife, Lisa Detwiler, is a member of the University's Board of Trustees, and her daughter is a member of the Class of 2018.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse. If necessary, a decision to move the event will be made by 7 a.m. on May 20, and an alert will be emailed to the campus community and posted to the University's website and social media channels. Signs also will be posted at the entrances to Malesardi Quadrangle and the lobby of the Elaine Langone Center.
If the ceremony is forced indoors, only graduates and ticket holders will be permitted. Other guests will be able to view a live broadcast of the event at one of several locations, including the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building and several classrooms. | Campus map
For more information, including a complete schedule of all Commencement Weekend events, registration and general information, visit Commencement 2018.