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Commencement 2019

Start Date, Time: May 18, 2019 12:00 am
End Date, Time: May 18, 2019 11:59 pm

220th Commencement Ceremony

Event Schedule

Friday, May 17th, 2019
Baccalaureate Service
Church of the Covenant (Google Map)
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Reverend Dr. Mark L. Johnson ’94

Saturday, May 18th, 2019
220th Commencement Ceremony
James David Ross Family Recreation Center
Doors open at 8 a.m., ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Alexa Hirshfeld, co-founder and CEO of Paperless Post
Student Speaker: Zach Pellis ’19

Baccalaureate Service

This ecumenical service is a ceremony that is focused on reflection. The Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pa. Families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Service; there are no tickets for this service, but seating in the church is limited so you are encouraged to come early. The doors to the church will open at 4:30 p.m.

Following the Baccalaureate Service, there will be a celebratory reception for students and families on the Rossin Campus Center patio.

Commencement Ceremony

The 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held in James David Ross Family Recreation Center on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Families are invited to attend the ceremony; tickets are not required for this event.

Doors to the Ross Recreation Center will open at 8 a.m. A hospitality center with complimentary coffee, water, and Danish will be available in the lobby of Henry Gymnasium.

Following the ceremony, a picnic reception will be held in The Commons and in George & Tom’s Grill.

Campus Store Commencement Weekend Hours

The W&J Campus Store in the Rossin Student Center will be open during commencemt weekend.

Friday, May 17th: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more Campus Store information, please go to the Campus Store page.

Photography and Videography

A photographer from Island Photography will be at the ceremony to take a candid photograph of each graduate receiving his or her diploma. You will receive a free copy of this photo in the mail within 5 to 7 days. After your son or daughter’s graduation, additional copies can be ordered online at www.islandphoto.com or by calling 800-869-0908. Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are asked to remain in their seats during the ceremony.

Additionally, Elliott Cramer Photography will produce a video recording of the graduation ceremony, available for purchase for $29.99 + $5.95 shipping and handling. To order, visit Elliott Cramer Photography online.

The ceremony also will be live-streamed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/59GMaWBdq6q

About Alexa Hirschfeld

Alexa Hirschfeld is co-founder and CEO of Paperless Post. At age 23, Hirshfeld and her younger brother created an e-commerce company that would soon reach over 85 million users and employ more than 100 people in New York and London. She has been named one of Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs”; Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”; and Forbes’ “30 Under 30.” A 2006 graduate of Harvard University, she is an outspoken advocate for the liberal arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics.

Event Details

Event Organizer: Psychology Department

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