Commencement 2019

For Graduates

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16, 2020. Ursinus College will be celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 will a weekend of festivities, beginning with our traditional Baccalaureate ceremony at 5 p.m., Friday, May 15, the Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 and a lunch for families following the ceremony.



Friday, May 15, 2020
5 p.m.

Bomberger Auditorium

Robing in Helfferich Lobby
4:30 p.m.
This event is ticketed.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
10 a.m.

Under the Big Tent on the Berman Lawn

*The Commencement procession begins at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends, who plan on watching graduates process to the tent, should take their seats by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are needed. All family and friends are welcome.

Academic Regalia




In Case of Rain

Historically, spring in Collegeville is beautiful and pleasant. We occasionally experience rain, but we are still able to hold the ceremony under the tent on the lawn.  In rare cases, where extreme weather threatens the safety and comfort of our guests, we will shift the main Commencement ceremony indoors to the Floy Lewis Bakes Field House. In the event that the ceremony is moved indoors, we will post all pertinent information about parking, robing, and regalia return on this website. In addition, we will email all graduates and their parents with the information they need. Please email with any questions.


If you are unable to attend the Commencement ceremonies, please notify the Dean’s Office as soon as possible at ext. 3790.

Commencement Rehearsal 

Will be held in the tent on the Berman Lawn on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m.

All graduating seniors should attend.

Commencement Procession

Robing takes place at 9 a.m. All candidates will assemble and robe in Floy Lewis Bakes Field House. In the event that Commencement is moved indoors because of severe weather, revised procession information will be made available.

Academic Regalia: 

The Book Store will send graduates information about ordering a cap and gown. Please pick up your cap and gown at the “Bear” Necessities for Grads event on Friday, April 24th in Lower Wismer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make sure it is the right one with the correct hood. You will need the following:

  1. One black academic gown
  2. One mortarboard and tassel
  3. One hood - white edging for Arts; yellow edging for Science.

View Video of how to properly wear your cap and gown.

Regalia can be conveniently returned at collection stations in Myrin Library and Bomberger Auditorium. The cap and tassel are yours to keep!


Neither hoods nor mortarboards are worn at Baccalaureate, but they are worn at Commencement convocation. Mortarboards are to be worn squared, not tilted, with the tassel on the right side. Men remove caps for the invocation and benediction. Women normally do not. Graduates will not be able to keep their regalia after Commencement.

Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia.  We suggest that men wear dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress.


At the graduation ceremony you will NOT receive your actual diploma from the President. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates who reside in the United States. International students can pick their diplomas up at the Registrar’s office beginning on Monday, May 18, 2020 or on any day that week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Ursinus has a very long and revered tradition of what is affectionately known as “the gauntlet”.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty marshals will direct the recessional.  The faculty, staff and guests of honor will exit the platform first and march down the center aisle.  Once they reach the end of the tent, the faculty and staff members will form two columns, one on each side, marking the pathway for graduates to follow. As graduates file past, faculty and staff will bid them congratulations and farewell.  Families and other guests are requested not to break the gauntlet and instead to await their graduates at the end of the line or in another predetermined location. 


If a course failure or a GPA below 2.00 prevents a senior from completing graduation requirements, it is the policy of Ursinus College NOT to allow that student to receive a diploma with the graduates. Graduates will receive the diploma at the next commencement if all the requirements have been completed.


Cameras are permitted; however, your family and friends will not be able to get up close to the stage once the ceremony has begun. If your family and friends wish to take pictures of the procession in and out of the tent, that is fine. Ursinus College hires a professional company, Legacy Photographics, to take each student’s picture with President Brock Blomberg. Legacy Photographics will contact all graduating students directly with order information following Commencement.


Traffic on Main Street on May 16 is expected to be significant. For your safety and to prevent traffic obstructions for our guest and Collegeville commuters, no drop offs will be permitted on Main Street and the Main Entrance to campus will be closed to all but emergency and service vehicles. Please plan on entering campus from 5th Avenue or 9th Avenue and allow enough time to arrive on campus safety.

Commencement Family Lunch

To celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, Ursinus will be hosting a lunch across campus.

Registration for the luncheon will open in March 2020. Each graduate can reserve a ticket for themselves plus 3 complimentary guest tickets for the lunch. Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $15.

Families should consult the graduate to select the preferred lunch location and time. Changes to reservation cannot be guaranteed.