Commencement Weekend

Join us in celebrating Mercersburg’s Class of 2020!​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Virtual Commencement Exercises: Saturday, May 23
On-campus Commencement Exercises: Date TBD

*Additional information will be added as it is finalized, so please check back often. 

We will gather as a community for the traditional Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. Doors to the Chapel will open at 5 p.m.; please be mindful of the many families that will be attending the service if you plan to save a seat for a family member. (Please note that any items placed in the Chapel to save seats earlier in the day will be removed before the doors open at 5 p.m.)

Overflow/air-conditioned seating will be available in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre, where a video simulcast of the ceremony will be shown.

A post-Baccalaureate dinner in Ford Hall will be catered by Nick’s Airport Inn. Advance reservations are required; click here to RSVP for the dinner. (Scroll down for additional information about the dinner.)

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. on the lawn between Keil Hall and South Cottage. Unreserved seating will be available on chairs and bleachers in front of the graduation platform. (Seating areas will open at 8 a.m.) Overflow/air-conditioned seating will be available in the Edwards Room of Keil Hall, where a video simulcast of the ceremony will be shown.

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will take place in the Hale Field House. Following the ceremony, a buffet lunch will be served. Graduates will then be expected to remove their belongings from the dormitories, leaving their rooms clean, and depart campus that afternoon.


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Nick's Airport Inn comes to Mercersburg!
This local restaurant is often a special place for families to have dinner after Baccalaureate, but not all families are able to drive there and the restaurant can fill up quickly with other events and reservations. So, this year, Nick's Airport Inn will cater the dinner in Ford Hall. We ask that families RSVP in advance for the on-campus dinner (please complete the form at this link). Additionally, please note that Nick's Airport Inn will still be open to any families who wish to dine directly in the restaurant. 


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.)

See a list of area hotels and accommodations.

Campus Map and Parking
Download a copy of the campus map. Parking will be available around the quad, 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. Shuttles will loop through campus making pickups from 8:15 to 10 a.m. Saturday and dropping off near Keil Hall.

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

Reminders and Notes

  • Seniors will leave for the senior trip Monday, May 18, and will return to campus Thursday, May 21.

  • Seniors and underclass students may sign out for dinner on the evening of Baccalaureate, but all students wishing to return to the dormitory must return to campus by 11:30 p.m. Seniors may sign out to spend the night with their parents but should plan to return to campus no later than 9 a.m. Saturday morning. (Only seniors may sign out to spend the night with their parents—all underclass students must return to campus Friday evening.)

  • 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.

  • The Irvine Memorial Chapel is not air-conditioned; please dress accordingly for Baccalaureate. Sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are recommended for Commencement, as much of the seating area is not shaded. (A water station will be provided.)

  • For Baccalaureate, restrooms are located on the lower level of the Irvine Memorial Chapel and in the lobby of the Burgin Center for the Arts. For Commencement, restrooms are located in Lenfest Hall and in Keil Hall.

  • After we share in the celebration of Baccalaureate and Commencement May 22–23, underclass students will remain on campus through the next week to take final exams.

  • The Marketing and Communications Office will be taking photos of the Commencement ceremony, including a photo of each individual student after he or she receives a diploma. The office will follow up with an email when those photos and others from the ceremony are available to download, along with a link to this year's "Blue Edition" of The Mercersburg News.

  • 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 Denise Rogers-Bennett at 717-328-6204 or

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