Where is Baccalaureate and Commencement?

Baccalaureate and Commencement will convene on the Quad if at all possible.  In case of extreme weather, one or both events will be held in the PLC Arena and simulcast to the IM room (for those without tickets in overflow seating).

Do I need tickets?

Graduating students will receive four (4) general admission tickets to each ceremony, distributed through the College Mailroom (May 6-13). Barring extreme weather (such as thunderstorms or heavy downpours), the College is committed to holding these ceremonies outdoors even if there is some rain.  If, however, a ceremony is held indoors guests must present tickets in order to be seated in the Arena.  Any guests without tickets will be directed to the overflow seating area in the I.M. Room.  Tickets will not be necessary for the outdoor venue.   

Are there extra tickets available?

No extra tickets are available, but space is usually attainable for all who wish to attend (including non-ticketed overflow seating in the IM room where Baccalaureate and/or Commencement will be shown via closed circuit TV).  Those without tickets may also be allowed into the Arena if seating is available fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the Commencement ceremony.  Please ask your guests not to save seats for these individuals.

When should I arrive?

 Seating will open at 5:45 pm on Friday for Baccalaureate and at 8:45 am on Saturday for Commencement, whether outdoors or indoors.

How can I arrange special seating accommodations?

Any special needs requests for guests such as wheelchair access, sign language interpreter, etc. must be submitted by Monday, May 6, 2013 to Diana King in Student Life and Learning at dlking@gcc.edu. Note:  the guidelines regarding admission and tickets apply to these guests, as well.

Are there on-campus accommodations for guests of graduates?

On-campus housing is not available for guests desiring to stay in the area. Graduating seniors may not have overnight guests (including siblings) during Commencement week.

When is the Commencement Luncheon / Do I need a ticket?

Following the approximately 90 minute Commencement Ceremony, a Commencement Luncheon will be held in MAP Dining Hall for graduates and their guests. One free ticket will be given to each graduate for his/her meal. Additional tickets for guests are available at $9.85 each. Students may purchase luncheon tickets in advance by going to the “Senior tab” on MyGCC.  Note: only students have access to this website.  The deadline for advanced purchases is May 10, 2013 so tickets can be placed in student mailboxes.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

When will students receive their registration deposite refund?

A $50.00 refund will be mailed to you at the end of June provided no outstanding charges remain on your student account and you have not already donated these funds to the Senior Class Gift. This deposit cannot be refunded before graduation.

When is move-out? 

May 18, 2013. Residence Halls close at 6:00 p.m. on May 19th.  Graduating students are encouraged to pack their belongings in advance so as to expedite their check-out of the halls. 

If a graduating senior's sibling is also a Grove City College student, may the sibling stay on campus?

Yes. Seniors as asked to confirm their undergraduate sibling’s desire to remain on campus for Commencement.  Those who email this information to Studentlife@gcc.edu will ensure that their sibling’s ID card is coded to remain active through 6 PM May 18th with access to the dining facilities.

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