How and when can students order their regalia?

Students will order their regalia by visiting the Jostens website, to be picked up at Senior Salute. Orders must be completed by February 22, 2024.  Commencement participants must have appropriate academic regalia. 

What is Senior Salute?

Seniors are expected to participate in Senior Salute on Tuesday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ellis Ballroom.  This is a one-stop graduation event where seniors can attend to graduation plans and complete steps required for Commencement. Your caps and gowns will be available for pick up at this time. This event gives you the opportunity to check in with all relevant offices in anticipation of your graduation day.

When is the Awards Convocation?

Springs awards will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 4:00 pm in Rosenberger Auditorium, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

All graduating seniors are expected to participate in the Awards Convocation, and you are to wear your graduation regalia (cap and gown) for the event. Regalia should be picked up at Senior Salute.

You should gather on the Campus Quad by 3:30 p.m. The procession from the Quad to Rosenberger Auditorium will begin no later than 3:45 p.m. to ensure a prompt start of the ceremony; for this event you will not process in alphabetical order.

Classes will be suspended as of 3:00 p.m. to enable your participation.

Immediately following the ceremony, you will gather in the varsity gymnasium, Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center, for the senior class photo.

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 at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 11th.

Do we need tickets for the ceremony?

In good weather, unlimited seating is available on the quad in front of Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, and tickets will not be necessary. However, to ensure adequate indoor seating for all families in case of rain, graduates will have a limited number of wristbands for Commencement. Wristbands can be requested at Senior Salute on March 26th.  If ceremonies are held in the Sports+Recreation Center because of rain, these wristbands are required for entrance to the main gymnasium. The doors to the gymnasium will open at 8 a.m. If you would like additional tickets, please place your name and the number of additional wristbands you would need on the Wait List at the Provost’s Office table at Senior Salute.

In the event of rain, extra guests may view Commencement by video in Rosenberger Auditorium

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

We encourage you to include a phonetic pronunciation of your name when attending Senior Salute or share the proper pronunciation of your name with the provost’s office by emailing a recording to

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:

How do I get photographs of the occasion?

A professional photo of your graduate will be taken during the ceremony. The photos will be available online by JD Cavrich Photography.  The website to order photos is  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?

Many local restaurants and overnight accommodations are available in and around Huntingdon. If making a reservation for lunch following the ceremony, we recommend making your reservation for 1:30 p.m. and after.

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?

Dale and Enrollment parking lots 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 wristband 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 spring awards, baccalaureate, and commencement ceremony.

What is Baccalaureate and where will it take place?

Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 10th, beginning at 5:30 pm in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets are not required.  Our food service will provide a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres for students, families, staff and faculty following Baccalaureate. This will provide an opportunity for our faculty and administration to meet with graduating seniors and their families. The event will take place on Scott Street; between Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center and Lesher Hall. The reception will take place in Baker Refectory in the event of rain.

One of the longest standing rich traditions at Juniata College, the Baccalaureate Service, occurs prior to Commencement.  Whereas Commencement celebrates the accomplishments of graduates in having gained knowledge and wisdom within an academic discipline and completed requirements for a degree, Baccalaureate celebrates the ways in which graduates have grown and been shaped by their experiences at Juniata as a foundation for building lives of meaning and purpose.

The Baccalaureate Service is an interfaith service with readings, poetry, and personal sharing all by members of the graduating class representing a variety of faith traditions and mixed with musical selections by the Juniata Concert Choir.  The service is an intimate opportunity to pause, reflect and recognize the many ways in which families, friends, faculty, and administration have profoundly influenced and shaped the lives of the students over the years.  

We invite all family and guests to celebrate this distinct tradition with our graduates as they create one additional consequential memory. 

Will a Senior Class Photo be taken?

The Senior Class photo will be taken May 1st, immediately following Spring Awards Convocation. Additional information about Spring Awards will be forthcoming in a separate memo but note that all seniors are expected to attend and wear their caps and gowns.  The photo is available for pre-purchase through Provine Studios, Altoona, Pa. Please mail the order form and your payment directly to Provine Studios in the envelope provided.  Order forms and information on the anticipated mailing date will be available at the Provost Table at Senior Salute. 

What is the order of Academic Processions?

The order of procession, time and location for candidates for degrees is as follows:

Separated in groups, Masters, B.A., and B.S., but not alphabetically
5 p.m.
Traffic Circle between South Hall and Lesher Hall

The Masters group will process first, followed by the
B.A. group and then the B.S.
group, each group in alphabetical order
9:15 a.m.
Traffic Circle between South Hall and Lesher Hall

On signal from the Faculty Marshal, the procession moves in an orderly manner to the seats on the quad for both Commencement and Baccalaureate, with a space of approximately four feet between couples. In the event of rain, Commencement will be moved to the Memorial Gymnasium in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center.

What is the process of Conferring of Degrees?

Candidates for the Masters Degree rise as a group when directed by the President, who orally confers the degrees. You are then reseated and directed by rows to the porch or platform to receive your diplomas from the President as as each name is called. You should stop when the President's position is reached, shake with the right hand and take the diploma with the left hand. Then leave the porch or platform, return to your seat, and be seated. When all have received diplomas and have returned to their places, a signal will be given for you to rise again for shifting the tassels. You are then reseated.

The same procedure will be used for those receiving the B.A. and B.S. degrees. 

All graduates will receive a diploma cover only, and your diploma will be mailed to your home address.

Academic honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) will be announced during the Commencement exercises. Latin honors announced at Commencement and printed in the Commencement program are preliminary and based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the time of publication. Official Latin honors recognition will be determined using the student’s final cumulative GPA and printed on the diploma and transcript.

NOTE: Please contact the Registrar’s Office in the event of any discrepancy on your diploma.