While Bucknell's preparations for the Class of 2017's Commencement weekend unfold, students and families are also hard at work planning how to best go about the three-day fête. The University has a host of resources to answer logistical questions, but other voices weighed in on the closing affair to give a firsthand account on how to make the weekend a success.
The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and usually lasts around two-and-a-half hours.
For answers to last-minute questions, head to one of the information booths at the entrances of each quad corner. Between 40 and 50 student volunteers will be available to help in addition to to Bucknell staff assisting with the event.
If the weather is warm, there will be a bottle of water under each graduate's seat on the Quad.
In the event of light rain and an outdoor ceremony, there will be a poncho on each graduate's chair, and their programs will be in plastic sleeves.
Water and ponchos for families and guests may be obtained at designated areas on the Quad.
If the rain is significant, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Field House. Each senior receives five tickets to use in the event of an indoor ceremony when they pick up their cap and gown. There will also be indoor viewing spaces around campus if the ceremony is held in the Field House.
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