Caps, gowns, and hoods are to be worn at the Commencement ceremony. Graduation regalia will be available on the College Store website from Jan. 1 through March 15. Students can pick up their regalia at the College Store during its Grad Finale event on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regalia Hand-Me-Down Program
The Hand-Me-Down Commencement Gown Program is a Student Government and Office of Sustainability initiative to distribute used caps, gowns, and hoods to current seniors through a pay-what-you-can model. This program increases the accessibility of gowns (removing the $60+ cost) and achieves zero-waste goals by decreasing the number of single-use gowns thrown away each year.
To request regalia, apply for the program by March 8. Supplies are limited, and items are not guaranteed. After Commencement, graduates are asked to “pay it forward” by donating their regalia to next year’s seniors. To donate after Commencement, graduates can drop off their regalia in any Green Move-Out bin across campus.
Information About the Ceremony
Families, friends, and members of the Lafayette community are invited to celebrate the Class of 2024 at the 189th Commencement ceremony Sun., May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT.
No tickets are needed unless inclement weather forces the ceremony indoors. If indoors, tickets will be needed for admission to the Kirby Sports Center. Each graduate will receive three tickets for family and friends. Instructions for ticketing will be distributed to students via email on April 1.
Caps, gowns, and hoods are to be worn by graduating students at the Commencement ceremony. They will be available on the College Store website from Jan. 1 through March 15.
Members of the Class of 2024 should assemble in Kamine Gymnasium at 8:45 a.m. on Sun., May 19, for robing prior to the Commencement ceremony.
Because the ceremony is planned to be held outdoors on Lafayette’s Quad, no tickets are required; however, outdoor seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If inclement weather forces the ceremony indoors, tickets will be needed for admission to the Kirby Sports Center. Three (3) electronic tickets for family and friends will be available for each graduate beginning Mon., April 1. Instructions for ticketing will be shared with students via email. Please note that only students will have access to the ticketing system. Graduates do not need a ticket.
A limited number of additional rain site tickets may become available and students can request additional tickets via a registration link that will be posted here Mon., April 1. Additional tickets must be picked up at the ticket office in Kirby Sports Center between the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. starting on Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16. Any tickets not picked up by May 16 will be forfeited.
The Commencement ceremony runs for approximately 90 minutes. A large video screen will be present next to the stage to assist family and friends in viewing the ceremony.
Cords are individually coordinated and distributed by each organization or department. If you have any questions about cords you expect to receive, please reach out to the appropriate department or organization.
Diplomas will be mailed to the post-Commencement mailing address once all grades and honors processing are finalized. Students will receive the traditional Lafayette College diploma cover during Grad Finale. Once the diploma is mailed, each student will receive an email with tracking information. In addition, graduates will be able to access their Certified Electronic Diploma—an official, portable, and verifiable electronic version of the diploma.
GradImages will be providing professional photography services during the Commencement ceremony, capturing individual photographs of each graduate. You will receive a notification from them within a week following the ceremony with access to your proofs. Additionally, you can register with GradImages in advance of the ceremony to receive 20% off your order. You can find your proofs following the ceremony by visiting www.gradimages.com or directly contacting their customer service.
The Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live via livestream and ATVN-TV in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Rain or shine, the live broadcast of the Commencement ceremony will be available in Colton Chapel. No tickets are required for indoor viewing.
If there is a change in the location of the Commencement celebration or the President’s Reception due to inclement weather, that information will be available in a recorded message on the Lafayette Weather Information Hotline (610-330-5809) as soon as it is known. This information also will be posted on the Lafayette College homepage and the College’s social media accounts.
Commencement/Senior Week Participation Request Form
The purpose of this form is to allow non-eligible students to request participation in senior activities and/or limited participation in Commencement due to extenuating and/or unanticipated circumstances. A submission of a request does not guarantee that an exception will be granted. Each request will be carefully reviewed along with the student’s academic and conduct record.
Only those seniors who have completely satisfied degree requirements and are approved for graduation are eligible to participate fully in Commencement exercises.