Commencement 2015: Sunday, May 17

Image of 2013 graduates at Commencement

Photo by Carl Socolow '77

Tentative Schedule of Events (times subject to change):

Friday, May 15

 9 p.m.
 Toast to the Class of 2015
Saturday, May 16

 10 a.m.
 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony
 11:30 a.m.
 Senior Athlete Reception
 3 p.m.
 Baccalaureate Ceremony
 4:30 p.m.
 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
 5 p.m.
 Raven's Claw Tappings
 5:30 p.m.
 Reception to Meet Honorary Degree Recipients
 6 p.m.
 Catholic Mass
Sunday, May 17

 10 a.m.
 Commencement Ceremony
 1 p.m.
 Brunch for seniors, families and guests
 7 p.m.
 Seniors must be checked out of residential space

Other information and order forms will be mailed directly to your home this spring:
  • Graduation Annoucements: Balfour can provide personalized announcements, note cards and thank-you cards. For more information, go to
  • DVD: The Office of the President has hired a professional firm to film the Commencement ceremony.
  • Photographer: A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as each receives his or her diploma. Additional photos by family members may be taken from a raised “photo-area” platform adjacent to the stage.
  • Special Needs: Information regarding special arrangements for seating and parking will be sent by the college later this spring.
  • Commencement Ceremony: There is no limit to the number of guests per student that may attend this ceremony, and no tickets are necessary.
Continue to check the Commencement Web site throughout the spring semester for the most up-to-date information. The site will include a full schedule of events and a list of area hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and restaurants and other helpful information. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the President at 717-245-1323 or