The Lycoming College community looks forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 on May 4 and 5. We hope your visit to the campus on Commencement Weekend will be memorable. Please make your hotel reservations early, as available rooms in the area are limited. Williamsport Accommodations - Lycoming College
Commencement will be held outside on the Quad unless it rains. A decision will be made by 9:00 a.m. on Sunday about the need to move indoors. You may call the College at 570-321-4000 after 9:00 a.m. to find out the location. It will also be posted on the College's website. The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. There is open seating for all guests on the Quad. Also, you should know that the ceremony takes place in an unshaded area of the Quad. Following the ceremony, graduates may choose to visit with their professors under tents on the Quad. Tent set up.
Tickets will be required only if the ceremony is held indoors in the Recreation Center. Six tickets for each student will be in their packet when they pick up their cap and gown at Check-In. We will guarantee open seating in the Recreation Center for ticket holders until 10 minutes before the ceremony. After that, the remaining seats will be made available to those persons who do not have tickets.
Information and materials for ordering commencement announcements should arrive at the student's home address at the end of February. Announcements may also be ordered online at www.jostens.com or directly from a Jostens representative who will be available in Burchfield Lounge from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 27 and 28, 2013. Once your order is placed with Jostens, you can expect to receive your announcements in approximately two weeks.
GradImages will be photographing all graduates during the commencement ceremony. A photograph will be taken as they receive their diploma from President Douthat, and another will be taken as they descend the platform, holding their diploma. Visit the website, www.gradimages.com, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration. After graduation, order online at www.gradimages.com or call 800-261-2576.
All of the College parking lots will be open to guests. You may park in any available space. Campus security will be available to assist with directions and traffic control. The Clarke Chapel parking lot is reserved for special-needs persons with handicap stickers.
Special access and seating for Commencement are available for persons who are physically challenged. For special needs assistance, please call Tracy Miles at (570) 321-4347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you are on campus, we ask that you adhere to the College's alcohol policy, which permits those students and guests who are at least 21 years of age to possess or consume alcohol only in their assigned residence hall rooms. Your adherence to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to this College policy will help ensure seniors, families, and guests a most enjoyable weekend.
Information for Graduates
- Final grades: For the spring 2013 semester will be available on WebAdvisor. The Registrar will contact those students who are not successful in satisfying the necessary requirements for graduation.
- Your cap, gown, and hood: Will be issued to you at Senior Check-In on Saturday in Long Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. once you have cleared all bills at the Business Office including your end of year residence hall/apartment charges. In accordance with College policy, only those students who are in cap and gown may participate in the Commencement ceremony and receive a diploma at that time. If you arrive after noon, you may pick up your cap and gown at the Information/Cashier's window in Long Hall until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.
- Graduate Housing Commencement Weekend: Residence hall room housing is available at no charge for graduates who wish to stay on campus during Commencement Weekend. Graduates who wish to stay on campus must complete an online Housing Request (available in early April) at www.lycoming.edu/residentiallife. Requests will be honored in the order received and all requests received by April 26 will be assured housing. Please bring your linens with you.
- Room Keys for Weekend Housing: Keys will be distributed at Senior Check-In on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in Long Hall. Late arrivals may pick up their keys in the office of Safety & Security. Keys should be returned to the Rich Hall lounge from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday after graduation. If you neglect to return the key, please contact the Residential Life Office immediately and send the key by overnight mail before May 10 in order to avoid a charge against your contingency deposit.
- Graduating Senior Survey/Change of Address: All graduating seniors will be asked to participate in the online Graduating Senior Survey after the spring break. Students will have the opportunity to submit their change of address information as part of the survey.
- Campus Store: Beginning April 27, 2013, you will be unable to charge to your student account. The exception will be for May/Summer term students. However, you may use your MasterCard, Visa, personal check or cash to purchase items.
- Bills from the Business Office will be available online and mailed to your home on April 26, 2013. This bill will include charges from April 1 to 23, 2013. Any outstanding bills, including April telephone bills and Res Life charges, must be paid at Senior Check-In on Saturday, May 4 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please do not mail checks. Bring your payment to the Business Office when you arrive on Saturday or for your convenience, pay with e-check, MasterCard, Discover or American Express through WebAdvisor or authorized payers can go to www.lycoming.edu/businessoffice. The Business Office will not be able to cash personal checks after April 26, 2013.