Wednesday, May 13, 2020—1 p.m., Garrett Sports Complex

We look forward to seeing you on campus for this memorable and sentimental occasion as we say goodbye to the Class of 2020.

If you have questions about Commencement, please call the Office of Event Management at 570-372-4354 or email

Graduating Students Happy Hour

Thursday, May 7
Pine Lawn, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

President Jonathan Green and Ms. Lynn Buck invite all graduating students to a Happy Hour reception. Dress is business casual. Registration is required.

Hike with President Green to Mount Mahanoy

Friday, May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The hike is very strenuous so hikers need to be in good health and wear good hiking shoes! Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

Rain date will be Saturday, May 9, 2-5 p.m. (No lunch)

Cap and Gown Distribution

Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12
Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 1 - 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Luncheon for Graduates (Students Only)

Monday, May 11
Evert Dining Room, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Honors all members of the graduating class and recognizes winners of departmental, divisional and school awards for academic achievement; Honors Program graduates; and recipients of graduate fellowships and assistantships. Business formal attire is requested. Registration is required.

Commencement and Baccalaureate Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 12
Weber Chapel Auditorium, Garrett Sports Complex and Fieldhouse, 10 :30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
All graduates are expected to attend this practice unless specifically excused by Faculty Marshal Catherine Hastings, Ph.D. Graduates will meet at Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Baccalaureate Dinner (optional)

Tuesday, May 12
Evert Dining Room, Degenstein Campus Center
Seating: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

The menu will consist of a buffet of assorted hot and cold entrees, salad station and desserts. Adult tickets are $15.00 and children $10. Graduates will receive a complimentary ticket; however, they must pick up their complimentary ticket to reserve their seat.

For reservations, payments and questions, contact Amanda Martin at 570-372-4228 or Tickets will be available during senior week in the dining services office.

Baccalaureate Service

Tuesday, May 12
Garrett Sports Complex, 8 - 9 p.m.

Parents, families and guests are invited to this festive service of praise. Baccalaureate is a celebration of gratitude for the gifts of education, learning and service—including special music, reflections, and readings. 

Post-Baccalaureate Celebration

Tuesday, May 12
Degenstein Campus Center, 9 - 11 p.m.

Commencement Brunch (optional)

Evert Dining Room, Degenstein Campus Center
Seating 1: 9:30-11 a.m.
Seating 2: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The menu will consist of a buffet of hot and cold entrees, salad station and desserts. Adults are $15 each and children ages 6 through 12 are $10. Graduates will receive a complementary ticket but must pick it up to reserve their seat. For reservations, payments and questions, contact Amanda Martin at 570-372-4228 or Tickets will be available during senior week in the dining services office.


Field House Garrett Sports Complex, 1 p.m.
Students need to line up in full regalia at 12:30 p.m. on Kurtz Lane or inside O.W. Houts Gym in case of rain.

There is ample seating in the air-conditioned field house for families and guests, so tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and we ask families not to reserve seats.

The ceremony also will be broadcast live in Degenstein Center Theater and streamed at

Post-Commencement Reception

Degenstein Campus Center Terrace (Rain Location: Evert Dining Room), 3 p.m. (approximately)

Residence Halls Close

6 p.m. 

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may park in any non-handicapped space. View the campus map.

More than 200 additional parking spaces are available in the Sassafras Street lot. To access this lot from campus, take University Avenue to Market Street, turn right, proceed two blocks to Sassafras, turn right again and travel approximately one-quarter mile. The lot will be on your right.

See the special accommodations tab for information about shuttles and handicapped parking.

Special accommodations for Baccalaureate and Commencement are available for wheelchair users, the visually and hearing impaired* and those with other mobility or health conditions.

Handicapped parking (with advance registration) is available in the Weber Chapel lot and near Garrett Sports Complex.

Shuttle services are available before and after Baccalaureate and Commencement to and from all Susquehanna parking lots. The shuttle services will make stops at the:

  • Main entrance to the Baccalaureate service
  • The main entrance and the special needs entrance at Commencement

Please contact the Office of Event Management at 570-372-4354 or to reserve these services for you or any of your guests.

*A sign language interpreter will be used for both services.

These outside firms provide Commencement-related services. You are under no obligation to purchase their products.

  • GradImages will take professional photos of students receiving their diplomas. The company will contact students with information about its services.
  • Balfour will provide information in the spring semester about graduation announcements and class rings.
  • Commencement flowers will be available for purchase at the Field House from noon through Commencement.
  • The campus bookstore will offer a 10 percent discount on select merchandise to graduating students and families on May 12 and 13.

Take the Qualtrics Survey

You'll receive the survey on Feb. 18 with information on how to:

  • Submit your graduation gown size
  • Confirm your study abroad sash
  • Submit the phonetic spelling of your name

If you do not receive the survey, please contact the Office of Event Management at 570-372-4354 by March 15 to confirm your sash and submit your gown size. If you have previously opted out of receiving surveys, you will not receive the Commencement survey.

Buy tickets for Commencement meals
During senior week, purchase tickets for your family for Tuesday's Baccalaureate dinner and Wednesday's Commencement brunch in the dining services office.  Don't forget to pick up your free ticket too for both meals at the dining services office.

The Impact of Outstanding Charges on Commencement Participation, Diplomas and Transcripts

Unpaid tuition, room & board, library fines, health center charges, parking tickets and athletic equipment charges must be paid before 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.  Payments in full or payment arrangements must be in place with Student Financial Services (SFS) for students to pick up caps and gowns.  Outstanding balances also impact your ability to obtain your transcripts and diploma so we encourage all students to contact SFS with questions about student account balances or to schedule an appointment with SFS by emailing

Make sure your name is pronounced correctly
Submit the phonetic spelling in the Qualtrics survey you receive or email no later than Friday, May 8, with the proper way for your name to be said as you walk across the stage.

Request a co-curricular transcript
The transcript, which lists your involvement outside the classroom, can give you an edge in obtaining employment, internships, graduate school or exploring career opportunities. Request yours on mySU.

Return your regalia by 5 p.m.
After commencement, return your gown and hood to the meeting rooms. The tassel is yours to keep! Unless you bought your cap for decorating, this needs to be returned also.

Get your honors inscription on your diploma
If you receive honors, leave your diploma in the labeled box at the regalia return location. They will be inscribed and then mailed to your home address. Please be sure to give a current home mailing address on the Qualtrics survey as requested so your diploma can be sent to the correct address.

Check your grades
Final grades for the spring semester will be available by noon on Monday, May 11, on mySU.

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