When and where will the commencement ceremony take place?

Commencement will be held on the campus quad located in front of Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

Please be on time and lined up by 9:15 a.m. The processional will begin as soon as everyone is lined up. The ceremony will likely begin 10–15 minutes early to avoid expected showers.

Do we need tickets for the ceremony?

Tickets will only be required if the event takes place indoors due to inclement weather. Graduates will receive four tickets and have the ability to request additional at Senior Salute.

How can I ensure that my name is pronounced correctly when announced during the ceremony?

We would encourage you to share the proper pronunciation of your name with the provost’s office by emailing a recording to commencement@juniata.edu or stopping by the office on the 3rd floor of Founders to provide phonetic pronunciation.

Can I watch the ceremony online?

Commencement will be streamed live and can be viewed by visiting the commencement website. After the event is over, the full-length video will be available for viewing on-demand on the website and Juniata’s official YouTube channel: youtube.com/juniatacollege

How do I get photographs of the occasion?

A professional photo of your graduate will be taken during the ceremony. There will also be opportunities for family photos with a Juniata banner as the backdrop after the ceremony.

How can I locate a list of local overnight accommodations and restaurants?

A list of local restaurants and overnight accommodations is available here. If making a reservation for lunch following the ceremony, we recommend making your reservation for 1:30 p.m. and after.

How and when can students order their regalia?

Students will order their regalia by completing the Graduation Application in Self-Service, to be picked up at Senior Salute. Commencement participants must have appropriate academic regalia. Candidates will wear a black gown and a black cap with appropriate tassel: white for B.A., golden yellow for B.S., and black for Masters.

Where should campus visitors park?

All visitors to campus for the Commencement activities are asked to park in College parking areas, or to carefully monitor and follow posted signs and guidance if parking on Borough streets adjacent to campus. College lots closest to include the South Hall parking area (immediately adjacent) as well as those parking areas adjacent to Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center just north of Ellis Hall. All College parking areas are noted on the campus map.

Is there handicapped accessible parking and seating available for guests?

Halbritter, Dale, and Enrollment parking lot are reserved for vehicles with a state handicap placard. There will also be a drop-off location for those with accessibility needs who do not have a state placard. If you have accessibility needs relating to seating or parking, please make arrangements at Senior Salute. Admission to reserved seating for those with a disability is by special ticket only.

Will there be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for the ceremony?

Yes, there will be an American Sign Language interpreter on stage for the commencement ceremony.