Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, 2019. Ursinus College will be celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2019 will a weekend of festivities, beginning with our traditional Baccalaureate ceremony at 5 p.m., Friday, May 17, the Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 and a lunch for families following the ceremony.
Green is the New Black
As part of a green initiative at Ursinus College, we rent regalia (caps and gowns) for Commencement. Students will pick up rented regalia prior to Commencement and return it immediately following the ceremony.
The Bookstore will send emails in mid-February to remind students to order regalia.
You must pre-order your regalia and pick it up at the “Bear” Necessities for Grads event in Lower Wismer on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students may order personalized announcements through Herff Jones. Details will be made available in February 2019.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Robing in Helfferich Lobby 4:30 p.m.
This event is ticketed.
What is Baccalaureate?
As part of a long and treasured tradition, graduates will gather as a class for one last time in Bomberger Memorial Hall before Commencement for songs and readings that represent the many faith traditions of our student body.
Families are welcomed to join in the celebration; however seating within Bomberger Hall is very limited. Families who are unable to obtain seats within Bomberger Hall are invited to view the ceremony through a simulcast in Olin Auditorium and other campus venues. We have installed new state of the art audiovisual equipment to make the experience a pleasant one for all of our guests.
Is Baccalaureate a religious service?
It is an inspirational, interfaith celebration with readings and music that represent the many faith traditions of our student body.
Instructions for marching at Baccalaureate
To participate in the celebration, students should register using the form on this page before Monday, April 2, 2019. Students who have signed up to attend the Baccalaureate Service will gather in the Lobby of Helfferich Gymnasium at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. The procession across campus to Bomberger begins at 4:30 p.m. Please, do not bring any personal items that must be left behind with you. The building cannot be secured.
Dress: Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. We suggest that men wear a dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress. Neither hoods nor mortarboards are worn at Baccalaureate.
Registration: Registration will open in January for Baccalaureate and will close on April 23, 2019.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Will be held in the tent on the Berman Lawn on Friday, May 17 at 1 p.m.
All graduating seniors should attend.
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.
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 26th 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:
- One black academic gown
- One mortarboard and tassel
- One hood - white edging for Arts; yellow edging for Science.
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 20 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 18 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.