Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Class of 2021 Commencement Information & Schedule

Commencement Information

The Lycoming College community looks forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 on May 14 and 15. 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.

Call Tracy Miles, Special Events Coordinator, at 570-321-4347 with any questions you may have or visit us at www.lycoming.edu.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement will be held outside on the Fultz Quad, rain or shine. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. There is open seating for guests on the Fultz Quad with chairs set up per COVID-19 protocols. All guests must wear face coverings and present a ticket for entry. The ceremony takes place in an unshaded area of the Fultz Quad; please dress accordingly.

Commencement Tickets

Each graduate will receive four guest tickets in their packets upon check-in Friday to Baccalaureate, the choir concert, and the Commencement ceremony due to COVID-19 protocols. The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Commencement Announcements

Announcements may be ordered online at
www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1043359/Lycoming-College/. Once your order is placed with Jostens, you can expect to receive your announcements in approximately two weeks.

Commencement Photographs

A professional photograph will be taken as graduates receive their diplomas from President Trachte, and another will be taken as they descend the platform holding their diplomas. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that you please stay seated and do not approach the platform during the ceremony to take pictures. Picture proofs will be emailed and mailed to each graduate after the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact them through their Customer Service Department at ecc.giservice@gradiamges.net, by phone at 1-800-261-2576 or their website at www.gradimages.com.

Special Needs

Seating for individuals with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ushers and Commencement volunteers will be available to assist in locating accessible seating. For special needs assistance, please call Tracy Miles at 570-321-4347 or email miles@lycoming.edu.

Arrival on Campus & Parking

Upon arrival Friday and/or Saturday, guests are encouraged to park in the Academic Center and Mulberry Street parking lots in any available space. Proceed to a tent in the Academic Center parking lot and present your event ticket to an employee who will guide you through COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening. Guests who successfully complete their screening will receive a wrist band we ask that you wear during your time on campus. Guests who are not able to pass the screening will need to depart campus immediately. All guests must complete screening protocols before they are seated for any event.

Guest arrival/screening hours are Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive within these windows of time.

Alcohol Policy

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.

For Graduates

FINAL GRADES for the Spring 2021 semester will be available on Web Advisor. The Registrar will contact those students who are not successful in satisfying the necessary requirements for graduation.

YOUR CAP, GOWN & HOOD will be issued to you at Senior Check-In on Friday once you have cleared all bills in 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. Late arrivals can pick up their cap and gown in the Registrar’s Office in Long Hall until 4:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

CAMPUS STORE The last day to charge purchases to your student account will be Tuesday, May 11. The exception will be for May/Summer term students. However, you may use MasterCard, Visa, Discover, debit, check, and cash to purchase items.

BILLS from the Business Office will be available online after 5:00 p.m. on May 7, 2021. This bill will include charges from April 1 to May 7, 2021. Any outstanding bills must be paid in order to receive your cap and gown. The Business Office will be open for business in the Lamade Gym on Friday, May 14, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and in Long Hall from 12:00 pm to 4:30 p.m. Lycoming College does not accept in-person e-check and credit card payments. Students can pay online by logging into WebAdvisor and their Authorized payers can pay online by going to www.lycoming.edu/business-office. Although paying electronically is the preferred bill payment method, the Business Office will accept paper checks and cash during Senior check-in. However, the Business Office will not be able to cash personal checks after May 11, 2021.

SENIOR WEEK GRADUATE HOUSING in a residence hall room is available at no charge for graduates only who wish to stay on campus during Senior Week and Commencement Weekend.

  • Graduates must complete an online Housing Request by April 24 by logging onto MyLyco; go to WebAdvisor; choose the Residential Life menu; choose the Housing Request Link; and select “Senior Week-Graduate Housing” in the housing drop down menu. Requests will be honored in the order they are received, and all requests received by the deadline will be assured housing.
  • Please remember to bring your own linens.

ROOM KEYS FOR COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND HOUSING ONLY will be distributed at Senior Check-In on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Lamade Gymnasium. If you are requesting to be involved in the Senior Week activities, Residential Life will contact you with an early check-in time.

  • Late arrivals may pick up keys in the Office of Safety & Security.
  • Keys are to be returned to the Rich Hall Patio on Warrior Way on Saturday between 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or to the Office of Safety & Security during any other time.
  • Students who neglect to return a key must mail it to the Residential Life Office (overnight or express in a padded envelope) for receipt by May 20 in order to avoid a charge against their contingency deposits.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 14

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus Bookstore Open

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Senior Check-In
Lamade Gymnasium. Seniors may pick up their caps, gowns, hoods, and keys for the residence hall. The Business Office will be available to receive payments for remaining bills. Late arrivals may pick up caps and gowns and sign the wooden “21” class numbers at the Registrar’s Office in Long Hall until 4:00 p.m. on Friday and between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Late arrivals may pick up room keys in the Office of Safety & Security.

12 p.m. Practice for Commencement
Fultz Quad. Seniors must attend this unless excused by Dr. G.W. Hawkes or Dr. Elizabeth Moorhouse, Faculty Marshals.

12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Senior Picnic
Class of 2021 senior picnic on the Upper Quad.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lycoming College Downtown Art Gallery open
25 W. 4th Street, Williamsport

5 p.m. Baccalaureate Service
Fultz Quad (rain or shine). The service has been planned and implemented by the Class of 2021. There is open seating for guests on the Fultz Quad with chairs set up per COVID-19 protocols. All guests must wear face coverings and present a ticket for entry.

6:30 p.m. Choir Concert
Lycoming College Choir Concert on the Fultz Quad (rain or shine). There is open seating for guests on the Fultz Quad with chairs set up per COVID-19 protocols. All guests must wear face coverings and present a ticket for entry.

Saturday, May 15

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campus Bookstore Open
Graduation flowers will be available for purchase.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lycoming College Downtown Art Gallery Open
25 W. 4th Street, Williamsport

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Senior Check-Out
Housing check-out on Rich Hall Patio on Warrior Way or at the Office of Safety & Security during any other time.

12:30 p.m. Commencement Line-up for graduates in Keiper Recreation Center
Commencement will be held outdoors on the Fultz Quad (rain or shine). Seniors are asked to assemble promptly in Keiper Recreation Center.

1 p.m. Carillon Concert
Fultz Quad

1:30 p.m. Lycoming College Concert Band
Fultz Quad

2 p.m. Commencement
Fultz Quad (rain or shine). Ceremonial opening of The Oliver Sterling Metzler Gates and Processional for Commencement. There is open seating for guests on the Fultz Quad with chairs set up per COVID-19 protocols. All guests must wear face coverings and present a ticket for entry. The ceremony takes place in an unshaded area of the Fultz Quad; please dress accordingly.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Senior Check-Out
Housing check-out on Rich Hall Patio on Warrior Way or at the Office of Safety & Security during any other time.

Sunday, May 16

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Senior Check-Out
Housing check-out on Rich Hall Patio on Warrior Way. Graduates who are returning room keys have another opportunity to sign the wooden “21” class numbers.