Graduation Events

The following information pertains to graduation events at Widener's Main Campus:

  • Commencement Information Sessions—April 27 or 28, Kapelski, Lecture Hall 1, see times below
  • ROTC Commissioning—May 15, 1:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial in front of Old Main
  • Graduate Student Awards—May 19, 4:00 p.m., University Center, Lathem Hall
  • Nightingale Ceremony—May 19, 12:00 p.m., The Springfield Country Club
  • Undergraduate Academic Awards—May 20, 3:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium
  • Graduation Reception—May 20, 4:45 p.m., University Center Atrium
  • Graduate Student Commencement—May 20, 9:00 a.m., Memorial Field
  • Undergraduate Student Commencement—May 21, 9:45 a.m., Memorial Field


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COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION SESSIONS
The undergraduate and graduate commencement information sessions will be held in Kapelski Learning Center, Lecture Hall 1, at the following dates and times: On April 27—graduate students from 4 to 5 p.m. and undergraduate students from 5 to 6 p.m. On April 28—undergraduate students from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and graduate students from 6 to 7 p.m. It is important for students to attend an information session if at all possible.

ROTC COMMISSIONING
The commissioning ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in front of Old Main at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Lathem Hall. A reception will follow in the Webb Room of University Center. For information, call Army ROTC at 610-499-4098.

NIGHTINGALE CEREMONY
The Nightingale Ceremony is held for School of Nursing undergraduates, families, and friends. This year, the Nightingale ceremony will be at The Springfield Country Club (400 W Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA 19064) at noon on Thursday, May 19. For more information, call 610-499-4212.

GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD CEREMONY
This ceremony honors master's and doctoral recipients of commencement awards. Award recipients, donors, family members, friends, faculty, and fellow graduates are invited to attend this special event. It begins at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Lathem Hall.

ACADEMIC AWARDS CEREMONY
Recipients of undergraduate commencement awards, donors, family members, friends, and faculty are invited to this special ceremony. An invitation to attend will be sent to awards recipients. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Mustin Theatre, Alumni Auditorium.

GRADUATION RECEPTION
All graduates and their families and guests are invited to attend the graduation reception. The reception is from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, in the University Center Atrium.   

GRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
This main event celebrates the achievements of the graduating master's and doctorate degree students of August and December 2015 and May 2016. The ceremony will take place May 20 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Memorial Field behind Old Main. Degree candidates, wearing caps and gowns, will form the processional line no later than 8:15 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, there will be no student procession. Students should go directly to the Field House at Schwartz Athletic Center and take their assigned seats by 8:15 a.m. With the exception of Seeing Eye dogs, please do not bring animals to the ceremony. Guests of graduates do not need tickets to enter Schwartz Athletic Center. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on Memorial Field or in Schwartz Athletic Center. Please be courteous and remain until the end of the ceremony. For planning purposes, do not expect to leave before 10:30 a.m.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
This main event celebrates the achievements of the graduating associate's and baccalaureate degree students of August and December 2015 and May 2016. The ceremony will take place May 21 from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Memorial Field behind Old Main. Degree candidates, wearing caps and gowns, will form the processional line no later than 9:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, there will be no student procession. Students should go directly to the Field House at Schwartz Athletic Center and take their assigned seats by 9:15 a.m. Guest tickets are not required unless the ceremony is moved to the Field House. With the exception of Seeing Eye dogs, please do not bring animals to the ceremony. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on Memorial Field or in Schwartz Athletic Center. Please be courteous and remain until the end of the ceremony. For planning purposes, do not expect to leave before 11:30 a.m.

 

Important Security Precaution: No Backpacks, Large Purses, Bags, Etc., at Graduation
The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests is important. In light of recent national events, we are requesting that all graduates and their guests refrain from bringing bags, backpacks, large purses, or containers to graduation events. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle. Diaper bags are an exception, but are subject to search. For the safety and security of our community, Campus Safety officers may search any bags and containers that are brought to graduation events. Please do not leave your belongings unattended at any time. Report any unattended bags or suspicious packages to a Campus Safety officer. These security precautions are for your protection.