The Academic Procession
Caps, gowns, and hoods are to be worn at the Commencement ceremony.  They are purchased from the College Store beginning April 28.  More details on the Academic Procession will be shared when they are confirmed.

Commencement Ceremony
Families, friends, and members of the Lafayette community are invited to celebrate the Class of 2021 at the 186th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.  Each graduate is permitted three in-person (for graduates, tickets guests and faculty) and available via livestream broadcast for all others on Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. All 2021 graduates and their guests will be required to wear face masks inside campus buildings and outdoors if not fully vaccinated. To promote physical distancing during the ceremony, graduates and guests will be appropriately distanced throughout the stadium.

There will be no overflow seating for non-ticketed guests or any indoor seating available.

Guest access to the Fisher Field and the Alan P. Kirby Area will not be permitted at any time.

The Commencement ceremony has limited seating due to Pennsylvania guidelines. Members of the Class of 2021 do not require a ticket. The decision of our guest capacity is driven by our commitment to provide appropriate physical space distancing and site lines for guests throughout the Stadium. Tickets are required for the entry of each guest into the Stadium.

Details for requesting tickets can be found here.

There will be no overflow seating for non-ticketed guests or any indoor seating available.

For individuals requiring accessible seating or other accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at 610-330-3513 or Marty Sullivan, by Friday, April 30 to help us to ensure availability.

Live broadcast
The Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on the Commencement website and via RCN-TV in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Commencement will be held outdoors rain or shine. If there is weather that may cause serious threat to life, the ceremony will be moved indoors for graduates only; guests will be provided time to return to a place to view the livestream off campus at a location of their choosing (the livestream will take place rain or shine). There will be no indoor viewing campus locations regardless of weather. This is a last resort – the Commencement website will have weather updates if the need arises.

The day of Commencement, weather information will be available at and on social media.

Parking and On Campus Shuttle Service 
Complimentary parking will be available for parents and guests at the Bushkill Parking Lot at 901 Bushkill, the Markle Parking Deck, March Field Parking Lot and Sullivan Parking Deck. On-street parking will also be available. Please allow an extra 45 minutes to park your vehicle and anticipate heavy traffic. Shuttle service will be available to transport parents and guests to/from 901 Bushkill.  The shuttle will run from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and the route can be found here.

Concessions during Ceremony 
The Fisher Stadium concessions will open for limited beverage and snack purchases prior to and during the ceremony. When in line please keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and other guests.

Food following ceremony
Immediately following the Commencement ceremony,  “grab and go” lunches will be available for the graduate to pick up in Kirby Sports Center.  There will be no gathering on the quad.  Please note that “grab and go” lunches may not be available to those who received more than 3 tickets following the initiation ticket reservation deadline.  We appreciate your understanding.

Graduation Gown Hand-Me-Down Program is a Student Government and sustainability initiative where graduating seniors can leave their gowns at Lafayette for future students to use. Their hope is that this program will increase the accessibility of graduation gowns (removing a $60 barrier) and also increase sustainability by decreasing the number of single-use gowns which are thrown away each year. The drop-off location will be in the Kirby Sports Center. (edited) 

Commencement Programs and Diplomas 
As final exams will end the day before the Commencement ceremony, traditional programs highlighting awards and Latin Honors that properly recognize student achievements will be posted on our website with information available at that time. The Registrar will request each graduating member of the Class of 2021 to provide their post-Commencement mailing address this spring. The diploma and commencement program may be shipped separately to the address provided.

Will be mailed to the post-commencement mailing address once the all grades and honors processing are finalized. Each student will receive the traditional Lafayette College diploma cover when they cross the stage. 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.

Commencement Programs
Due to the date of the semester close and the Commencement ceremony, commencement programs will be mailed directly to the post-commencement mailing addresses the graduate provides after all grades are finalized and program information is available.

Lost and Found
Lost and found items for the day’s events can be found or turned into the Information tables located at the Oechsle Alumni Plaza or inside Fisher Stadium.  Following the ceremony, lost and found items can be found or turned into the Office of Public Safety, 901 Bushkill Drive 610-330-5330.

Alcohol Policy
Commencement is an important Lafayette tradition and one that we want graduating seniors and members of their family to reflect fondly on for many years to come.  In order to celebrate this venerable tradition and to make the event as enjoyable as possible for everyone in attendance, the College’s Alcohol Policies will be in full effect.  Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted at any of the events on Commencement Day.