Meet the Speakers
Tom Rahauser ’74, P ’05, ’07, ’12
Alexa Marsh ’21
Lian Wang ’21
Dylan Gantt ’21
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 OpenLocated 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
5 p.m. ET | Carillon Recital
Irvine Memorial Chapel
6 p.m. ET | Baccalaureate
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
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.
Reminders & Notes
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.
As a reminder, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances are prohibited on campus.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about Commencement Weekend, please contact the Office of Student Life at 717-328-6119 or email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
In line with Pennsylvania's state requirements, we are not requiring guests to check in or complete a temperature screening upon arriving on campus. Masks must be worn at all times while on campus.
Based on the State of Pennsylvania guidelines, the school has made the following decisions on masks at this weekend’s ceremonies.
- If you are fully vaccinated, you will not be required to wear a mask outside. We will not be asking or checking for your vaccination status.
- If you are unvaccinated, you will be expected to wear a mask outside.
- Seniors will not be required to wear a mask outside.
- All guests will be required to wear a mask when inside a building.
Guests of the graduates are welcome to attend all Commencement Weekend events with the exception of meals.
Weather permitting, the seniors will graduate on the Commencement Platform (between Keil Hall and South Cottage).
Yes, both ceremonies will be available via livestream, and recordings will be available after the fact. Mercersburg will provide a livestream for Baccalaureate on Friday, June 4, and given the unique place we’re in this year, we have partnered with Coastal Productions to stream our Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 5. The links will be added to the Commencement web page closer to the event, and we will send out an email with the links the week of Commencement.
We will have a photographer on campus for the Commencement ceremony, and he will be tasked with three things. First, he will get a photo of each student receiving their diploma. Second, he will get a photo of each student standing on the steps of the graduation platform with the diploma. Third, he will take 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.
Seniors will pack their rooms before departing for the senior trip on Wednesday, June 2. The dorms will be open after Commencement for seniors and their parents to move their belongings out. Parents may collect student belongings on Friday night or Saturday morning, but it will be the student’s responsibility to get those items to the vehicle as parents will not be able to enter the dorm until after Commencement.
Undergraduate siblings and their belongings can be picked up from outside their dorm after their last commitment on Thursday, June 3. We recommend undergraduate siblings leave campus at this time to stay with their family, but if that is not possible, arrangements will be made for those students to stay on campus until after Commencement. Please contact the Office of Student Life to arrange this.
No, students may not remain on campus past their move-out date unless they are a sibling of one of the graduating seniors.
Virtual students are invited to return to campus for the senior trip, Baccalaureate, and Commencement. This would require students to return to campus on Saturday, May 29, for COVID-19 testing, quarantining for five days before the senior trip, and then staying with the senior class through Commencement, either on the senior trip or on campus. Virtual students who wish to participate should notify the Office of Student Life by Friday, May 7.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony site will be the Hale Field House.