Commencement Weekend

Join us in celebrating 
Mercersburg’s Class of 2021!

Baccalaureate: Friday, June 4

128th Commencement: Saturday, June 5


Meet the Speakers

Floyd Robinson

Commencement speaker
Floyd Robinson

Tom Rahauser

Baccalaureate speaker
Tom Rahauser ’74, P ’05, ’07, ’12

Alexa Marsh

Alexa Marsh ’21

Lian Wang

Lian Wang ’21

Dylan Gantt

Nevin Orator
Dylan Gantt ’21

Farah Yahaya

Nevin Orator
Farah Yahaya ’21

Schedule of Events

Guests of the graduates are invited to attend all events except for meals and practices.



11-6 p.m. ET  |  School Store Open

Located in the Simon Student Center

3:30 p.m. ET  |  Senior Art Show Opening

Cofrin Gallery, Burgin Center for the Arts
Open to families of graduates, faculty, and staff

4 p.m. ET  |  Senior Music Recital

Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
Open to families of graduates, faculty, and staff
Watch replay

5 p.m. ET  |  Carillon Recital

Irvine Memorial Chapel

6 p.m. ET  |  Baccalaureate

Prentiss-Zimmerman Quadrangle
Watch replay

7:30 p.m. ET  |  Senior Dinner catered by Meriwether Godsey

Closed to guests.
Simon Student Center and Patio

8:45 p.m. ET  |  Class of 2021 Group Activity​​​​​​​



8-9 a.m. ET  |  Continental Breakfast

Closed to guests.
Ford Hall

9 a.m. ET  |  Carillon Recital

Irvine Memorial Chapel

10 a.m. ET  |  Commencement Exercises

Commencement Platform (between Keil Hall and South Cottage)
Watch replay 
View the program.

11:30 a.m. ET  |  Lunch to Go

Ford Hall

Live Streaming Available

For anyone unable to attend Commencement or Baccalaureate who wishes to be part of the celebration, we will stream live video and audio of the ceremonies on our home page. (The broadcast will also be archived for future viewing.)


Plan your weekend! See a list of area hotels and accommodations to prepare for your stay for Commencement Weekend. 

Parking and Restrooms

Parking will be available along Sycamore Lane, behind Traylor Hall, and in the lots next to 1893 House, the Burgin Center for the Arts, and the Hale Field House. (See a campus map here.) Limited spaces will be available on the Quad and next to the Chapel for handicapped parking. Shuttles will loop through campus making pickups from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and dropping off on the Quad.

Magnolia Lane, the road behind Main Hall, Swank Hall, South Cottage, and Keil/Rutledge Hall, will be closed for parking Saturday morning. (The road will be open for temporary parking for loading of vehicles prior to 9:30 a.m.)

Restrooms will be available in the lobby of the Edwards Room (Keil Hall), Ford Hall, Lenfest Hall, and the Simon Student Center.


 We will have a photographer on campus for the Commencement ceremony, and he will be tasked with getting three moments: a photo of each student receiving their diploma, a photo of each student standing on the steps of the graduation platform with the diploma, and candid photos of the general experience before, during, and after Commencement. All photos will be uploaded to Vidigami where parents can select photos and order directly from Vidigami or download and order through another service.


This PDF file is easily shared with family and friends via email. It can also be provided to a professional print shop for digital printing. If you print copies at home, be sure to select "actual size" in your printer settings instead of "fit" or "fill page."

Graduation Announcement

Reminders & Notes

Senior Dress

Seniors are required to dress in semiformal attire for Baccalaureate and Commencement. The traditional attire is black dresses for Baccalaureate and white dresses for Commencement (though these colors are not required) or blazers and slacks (or suits) with collared shirts and ties.

Alcohol Policy

As a reminder, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances are prohibited on campus.

Building Accessibility

Commencement Weekend events will be held in a variety of buildings around campus, as well as outdoors. If anyone in your family has mobility issues or related concerns, please contact Mercersburg’s events team at

If you have any questions about Commencement Weekend, please contact the Office of Student Life at 717-328-6119 or

Frequently Asked Questions