The Commencement Weekend schedule begins on Saturday, May 26, with the Baccalaureate, a dignified service of worship for the graduates, faculty, trustees, and families associated with this year's class. The service begins with a stately processional at 5:00 p.m. into the Church of Christ Uniting, just across the street from Wyoming Seminary on Market Street. Following the recessional you are invited to our annual smorgasbord, sponsored by the Board of Trustees, held on Back Campus.
Since 1999 Wyoming Seminary has held its Commencement ceremony outside on the Back Campus lawn. This affords us maximum seating and adds to the beauty of the event. When the weather doesn't cooperate, Commencement is held in the Carpenter Athletic Center on campus. Whether indoors or out, Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 27, and will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude by 3:00 p.m.
A more detailed list of events will be coming from the President's Office in mid-April. Included in that information will be a link to order Baccalaureate, Commencement, and Smorgasbord tickets. Please begin to give some thought to how many tickets you will require for each event. Preliminarily, I foresee the following restrictions: 4 tickets for Baccalaureate, the same for Smorgasbord, and 12 tickets for Commencement. These numbers will be finalized before the April communication.
To commemorate this special occasion, Wyoming Seminary offers graduation announcements for purchase. For more information about this service please view our order form found below on this page.
Your graduate is required to adhere to the following Baccalaureate and Commencement dress code guidelines:
GENTLEMEN: Baccalaureate – Jacket and tie, dress shirt, dress slacks, dress socks and dress shoes. (no sandals, docksides or boots)
Commencement – Navy blue blazer, white dress shirt, school tie (sold in the campus store), grey dress slacks, dress socks and dress shoes. (no sandals, docksides or boots)
LADIES: Baccalaureate – Spring dress or dressy skirt and blouse (knee length or longer preferred), and dress shoes. Bare backs, spaghetti straps, or skirts with excessive slits are not acceptable.
Commencement – Traditional knee length or longer, all white dress (no accent colors), dress white shoes. Ensembles are acceptable. Bare backs, spaghetti straps, or skirts with excessive slits are not acceptable.
Dress code guidelines are given so that the traditional spirit and decorum of the occasion can be maintained. Please help us ensure that your graduate is permitted to march in the processions by seeing that they come dressed properly. I hope you will ask for clarification well in advance of Commencement weekend.
I look forward to seeing you and sharing in this very important weekend in the life of your family and our school. Please feel free to contact me at the school with any questions you have about our 2018 Commencement weekend.
For those of you traveling, I would suggest you explore lodging soon to ensure availability.
Mary G. Swaback