Commencement – Saturday, May 20, 2017

Grove City College's Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will convene on the Quad, weather permitting. In the case of extreme weather, one or both events will be held in the Physical Learning Center Arena and simulcast to the Intramural Room.

Live Broadcast

The Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live at or click HERE. They will also be streamed on the College's Facebook page via FacebookLive.

Live audio of the events will be carried on FM-91.1 WSAJ. Visit and select "WSAJ Stream" under the "How to Listen" header.


Baccalaureate: May 19, 2017 – 7 p.m.

Please note that the entry points and parking locations for Baccalaureate will be the same as for Commencement on Saturday (as detailed below); however, no screening will be required, and tickets will be required only if the Baccalaureate service must be moved indoors. Seating will open at 5:45 p.m.

Commencement: May 20, 2017 – 10 a.m.

TICKETS: For security reasons, the outdoor Commencement ceremony will be a ticketed event.  Guests must each present a ticket in order to proceed through screening to enter the venue. 
Valid tickets for outdoor Commencement on the Quad include:
    •Commencement tickets designated for indoor venues:
        – Arena
        – IM Room
    •Commencement tickets designated for outdoors only (“green” tickets).

    IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Please be sure you give your guests their tickets BEFORE you enter the PLC – otherwise, your guests will not be admitted for screening.

SCREENING: Points of entry will open at 7 a.m. – please arrive early!
    •For security reasons, all persons attending or participating in the ceremony must be screened before entering the venue.  This process will be very similar to the screening done at airports.
    •We will work to get everyone screened as quickly as possible – please note that, with as many guests as are expected, there will likely be lines.  We appreciate everyone’s patience in this process!  NOTE: There will be some restrictions on what items guests will be permitted to bring into the venue. Please check the complete list of prohibited items HERE

GRADUATING STUDENTS: The processional will form in the Arena of the PLC if the ceremony is held outdoors on the Quad. You must be in the Arena by 9 a.m. – doors will open at 7 a.m., so please allow plenty of time (i.e., at least an hour) to get through the screening process. Please be sure to wear your cap and gown to the venue. [In the event the ceremony must be moved indoors, faculty and students are to report to the IM Room by 9 a.m. for line-up.]

POINTS OF ENTRY: Points of entry will be located as follows:
     General access
      Main entry will be between STEM and the PLC – see the shields on the posted general parking map below
      Secondary entry will be through the main doors to the PLC by the drop-off circle

     Handicapped / wheelchair access
      Entry will be on the east side of the Chapel on the sidewalk between the Chapel and MAP West (drop-offs permitted)

Points of entry will open at 7 a.m. – please arrive early! They are marked by the shields HERE.


    •The gravel lots along Madison Avenue will be open for general parking; additional parking will be available at Hillview Elementary and G.C. Middle Schools, and at the Intermediate Unit 4. 
    •Limited parking for handicapped guests will be available in the Rathburn Hall parking lot.
    •Shuttle buses will transport guests from the Hillview, Middle School and IU4 lots to campus; for guests parking in the gravel lots, golf carts will be available on the College side of Madison Avenue to transport guests who might need assistance to the entry points. For more information, please check the maps at these links:
          General Parking – Click HERE
          Overflow Parking – Click HERE

Additional Information

    •MAIN ENTRANCE to CAMPUS:  The main entrance to campus on Main Street at Liberty Street will be CLOSED after midnight on Friday (12 a.m. Saturday) until approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. NOTE: This means there will be no loading access during this time.
    •MAP South, Harker, and Ketler Residence Halls: Although students currently staying in these residence halls will have access to their rooms, the following restrictions will apply:
         – Rooms facing the Quad: Windows and drapes must be closed and must remain closed until approximately 1:30 p.m.
         – Exterior doors facing the Quad will be CLOSED from midnight (12 a.m. Saturday) until approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon – students must use other doors when entering or exiting the building.
    •The lane to the Field House and the Field House parking lot will be CLOSED from 7 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Please plan accordingly!
    •Rainbow Bridge will be open for pedestrian access; however, pedestrians must use the dirt footpath to access upper campus as the stairway will be closed.
    •Restrooms: The Hall of Arts and Letters and the Breen Student Union will be open so that arriving guests will have access to restrooms. Portable restrooms will be provided within the secured area on the Quad.
    •Pew Fine Arts Center overflow seating: Limited overflow seating will be available in Ketler Auditorium on a first come, first served basis for arriving guests who do not have tickets.
    •A medical tent will be located by the sculpture between Harker Hall and the PLC for guests needing assistance. EMT personnel will also be stationed on the Quad.


Timeline for Commencement

    7 a.m.: Points of entry open, screening begins – come early to allow plenty of time
    9 a.m.: Faculty and graduating students line up in the PLC Arena
    10 a.m.: Commencement begins!


Commencement Newsrss
News Center


More Information

Wedding Information

​Harbison Chapel not only serves as the center of the religious life at Grove City College, but also as a beautiful wedding venue for brides and grooms from around the world.

Learn More


​Founded as a catering company in 1987, Bon Apetit has built a reputation for excellence in food preparation, superior presentation and quality service.

Learn More

Our Leadership Team

Seven vice presidents at Grove City College lead the strategic directives of the College—from fundraising to curriculum, and from facilities and technology to the financial viability of the institution.

Learn More

News Center

​The News Center at Grove City College is your hub to the latest news and happenings on the Grove City College campus. Read current headlines, contact the Office of Marketing & Communications, or browse our most recent publications.

Learn More

Alumni Council

​The Grove City College Alumni Council is a body of alumni who serve in an advisory capacity to the College on matters crucial to the College’s more than 25,000 living alumni. Each year, three Alumni Council members sit on the Board of Trustees.

Learn More


Visitors to Grove City College are welcomed by numerous dining options both on and off campus. 

Learn More