Events listed are open to all guests attending commencement weekend and are free, with the exception of housing, the Courtside Grill and the Graduates Farewell Luncheon.

Friday, May 19

Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Post Graduate Survey and Caps and Gowns

Graduation registration processing activities requiring approximately five minutes will take place from noon – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

  • After completing the Post Graduate Survey, graduates will receive honors medallions, senior gift drive items, rain location tickets and their caps and gowns.
  • Procession directions for the Commencement Ceremony will be provided to graduates when caps and gowns are distributed.
  • Caps and gowns are provided to graduates at no charge. Caps and gowns do not need to be returned.

Noon – 5 p.m.
Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Senior Parents Commencement Participation Pins

We are grateful for our parents who chose to honor their graduate with a gift to Bucknell. As a sincere thank you, senior parents who have given a gift of any amount during this fiscal year will receive a pin to wear proudly at Commencement.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Forum, Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony (by invitation only)

The ceremony will induct new members into the oldest honorary society in the United States. A reception will immediately follow in the Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center, second floor.

5 p.m.
Berelson Center for Jewish Life,
632 St. George Street, Lewisburg
Shabbat Service

A Shabbat Service for seniors and graduate students and their families.

9 – 11 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion
Wine and Cheese Reception

An event to honor the seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, administration and staff, at a wine and cheese reception. Families are invited and welcome to attend.

Alcohol will be served and a wrist band is required for guests planning to consume alcoholic beverages. Banding for all guests over the age of 21 will be offered on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center on Friday, May 19, from noon – 5 p.m. It will also be offered near the entrance to the Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening.

Saturday, May 20

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Post Graduate Survey and Caps and Gowns Continues

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Senior Parents Commencement Participation Pins

We are grateful for our parents who chose to honor their graduate with a gift to Bucknell. As a sincere thank you, senior parents who have given a gift of any amount during this fiscal year will receive a pin to wear proudly at Commencement.

10 a.m.
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
President’s Senior Awards Ceremony

University prizes and awards for academic achievement and personal merit will be conferred on members of the Class of 2017 by the President and faculty.

  • The Provost’s Office will notify seniors who are receiving awards in May.
  • A reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts lobby.

1 – 4 p.m.
Bucknell Campus
Departmental Receptions

Departments will hold receptions in many areas throughout campus. A detailed schedule of locations will be available in the Elaine Langone Center on Commencement Weekend or can be viewed by going to bucknell.edu/events. Click on “See the Full Calendar of Events.”

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center, second floor
Chips off the Ol’ Block Reception (by invitation only)

The Chips off the Ol’ Block Reception is an opportunity to celebrate the Bucknell legacy. Class of 2017 legacy students and their families will gather for an informal mix and mingle reception with President John Bravman.

4:30 p.m.
Rooke Chapel
Catholic Mass

Catholic Mass will be held, followed by a reception in front of Rooke Chapel.

5 – 8 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion
Courtside Grill

This grilled buffet dinner is an opportunity for seniors and graduate students and their families to meet and dine informally. See On-Campus Meal Options for menu and ticket information.

8 – 8:50 p.m.
Rooke Chapel
Inter-Faith Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is an inter-faith service of worship for seniors and graduate students and their guests. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. For a further description of this event, visit bucknell.edu/baccalaureateservice.

9 p.m.
Malesardi Quadrangle
Candlelighting Ceremony

Seniors will line the perimeter of Malesardi Quad to participate in the Candlelighting Ceremony. This event recreates the Candlelighting Ceremony in which the class participated during their first-year orientation. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to attend and will be seated in the center of Malesardi Quad. Parents and guests will have a role in the ceremony, directed by a member of the Bucknell Parents Board. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse.

9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion
Commencement Celebration

Families, friends and members of the faculty and administrative staff are invited to join the seniors and graduate students at the Commencement Celebration immediately following the Candlelighting Ceremony, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all guests.

Alcohol will be served and a wrist band is required for guests planning to consume alcoholic beverages. Banding for all guests over the age of 21 will be offered on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center on Saturday, May 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will also be offered near the entrance to the Commencement Celebration on Saturday evening.

Sunday, May 21

The Malesardi Quadrangle is inaccessible until 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 21.

10 a.m.
Malesardi Quadrangle
Commencement Ceremony

Tickets are not required for Commencement if held outside on Malesardi Quad. Ceremony will conclude at approximately 1 p.m.

  • No rehearsal for seniors and graduate students is scheduled for the Commencement Ceremony; information will be sent to seniors and graduate students from the Registrar’s Office before the end of the semester.
  • General information about the Commencement Ceremony (special seating, first-aid station, etc.) will be available at three kiosks on Malesardi Quad prior to and during the Ceremony.
  • At least one guest must remain to hold seats on Malesardi Quad. Items left unattended will be removed and can be claimed in the Registrar’s Office, 102 Marts Hall, following the Ceremony.
  • Lost-and-found items will be held at the Switchboard in the Elaine Langone Center.
  • Restrooms are available on all floors of the Bertrand Library, Coleman Hall, Vaughan Literature and the Elaine Langone Center. Portable restroom facilities will be available on the west side of the Library.
  • Outside Ceremony is held on the lawn. Please dress appropriately for grass and weather.
  • Beverage stations will be located near the Library on the south end of Malesardi Quad.
  • Live webcast of the Commencement Ceremony will be available. For information and a link to the live webcast, go to bucknell.edu/CommencementLive.

Special Seating: Wheelchairs and deaf/HOH

  • Special seating arrangements are available on a limited basis for those individuals using a wheelchair or for deaf/HOH.
  • Telephone the Commencement hotline at 570.577.1192 before Friday, May 12, to make reservations for special seating or for details pertaining to local durable medical equipment vendors. The University does not loan or rent wheelchairs.
  • Guests should be advised that the outdoor Ceremony is held in an unshaded area.
  • An alternative indoor viewing area will be available in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building.

Rain Location

  • In case of rain, Commencement will be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse.
  • Seniors and graduate students will receive five (5) tickets each for the indoor Ceremony when they pick up their cap and gown.
  • Guests who do not have tickets may view Commencement by live webcast in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building.
  • If the Ceremony is moved to the indoor location, announcements will be made through 570.577.2020 and campus email notification. Signs will be posted at the entrances to Malesardi Quadrangle and the lobby of the Elaine Langone Center. In addition, the University telephone operators will be informed at 570.577.2000.

Photography Information

  • A photographer from GradImages will be at the Ceremony to take a candid photograph of each graduate at the special moment of recognition.
  • PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY: visit gradimages.com and click on the Pre-Event Registration.
  • Seniors and graduate students will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card within 5 – 7 days following the Ceremony.
  • After the Ceremony, graduates may order online at gradimages.com or call 800.261.2576.
  • Questions may be emailed to service@gradimages.com.
  • Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the Ceremony.
  • An area on the west side of Malesardi Quadrangle will be designated for guests to take personal photos of the graduates as they receive their diplomas.

12:45 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion, Bostwick Dining Room, Terrace Room
Graduates Farewell Luncheon

The luncheon provides an opportunity to extend congratulations to the graduates, families and guests prior to departing from campus at the Farewell Luncheon immediately following the Ceremony. See On-Campus Meal Options for menu and ticket information.

4 p.m.
Rooke Chapel
Catholic Mass

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