Commencement 2014

Date: May 17, 2014
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Olin Lawn

Commencement Weekend: May 16-17, 2014

  • Baccalaureate Service: Friday, May 16 at 6:00PM
  • Commencement Exercises: Saturday, May 17 at 10:00AM (Prelude at 9:45AM)
  • ADP President, CEO to Receive Honorary Degree, Deliver Keynote Address at W&J Commencement; Additional Honorary Degree recipients include: Kyle Abraham, choreographer and dancer who began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy; Her Excellency Dr. Rawya Saud Al Busaidi, Oman’s minister of higher education; and Rabbi Sarah Schecther, the first female rabbi to serve as a chaplain in the active-duty U.S. Air Force.
Information for Graduates
Information for Guests
Information for Faculty
More Resources
  • The 2014 Commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the web at Please note it will not be active until 30 minutes before the ceremony.
  • Archives of the streaming video is available below or on our Video Archives page.  


Facilities Available During the Weekend

Before the ceremony, the Barista will have continental breakfast items available for purchase. We will also have a Hospitality Center (with coffee, water, and restrooms) in the Technology Center. The tent will open for seating at 8:30 a.m.  Indoor viewing will be available in the Olin Fine Arts Center.

Following the ceremony, reception areas will be set up around Old Main. Refreshments will be served, and these areas will provide a comfortable and spacious setting for introductions, pictures, and farewells.

NOTE: No tickets are necessary for the commencement exercises.

Special Needs

Handicap parking will be available behind the Burnett Center and in the Technology Center parking lot.  For wheelchair seating arrangements, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724 223-6006.

Travel Advisories

 Visit the official travel information center of PA for information on surrounding areas. 


Commencement is a long ceremony held in an outdoor tent, so please dress in casual business attire or other comfortable clothing. The forecast predicts temperatures for Saturday to be in the upper-50s or low-60s and partly sunny, so plan accordingly. Since attendees may need to walk in grassy, wet or soft-ground, we recommend for ladies to wear flats or other appropriate shoes.