Graduates throwing caps up in the air


151st Spring Commencement Weekend

Sunday, May 19, and Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday, May 19

Roman Catholic Graduation Mass
12:10 p.m., Packer Memorial Church
Led by Fr. Eugene Ritz, Chancellor Diocese of Allentown, Celebrant and Homilist

Doctoral Degree Hooding Ceremony
2:00 p.m., Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center

University Baccalaureate Service
4:00 p.m., Packer Memorial Church
Led by University Chaplain Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffen - a service for families representing different religious traditions.

Monday, May 20

Commencement Ceremony
10:00 a.m., Goodman Stadium (outdoors)

Commencement Speaker

Lehigh University graduates on football field during commencement

Former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address

Verma ’90, a leading expert on trade and diplomacy in Asia, will deliver the address at Lehigh’s 151st spring commencement on Monday, May 20.

Commencement Ceremony General Information

Goodman Stadium gates and Stabler Arena doors, on Lehigh’s Goodman Campus, open at 8:45 a.m. We strongly encourage guests to arrive and be seated no later than 9:30 a.m. to avoid traffic backups and parking delays. In addition, all bags will be checked upon entering. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony should last until approximately 12:45 p.m. For those making restaurant reservations after the ceremony, allow yourself enough travel time and anticipate traffic delays.

In the event of severe weather, Commencement will be held inside Stabler Arena and divided into two abbreviated ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For more details, click on Severe Weather Information.

For your comfort and convenience, an indoor ceremony viewing site will be available in Stabler Arena located south of Goodman Stadium.  Shuttles will be available to transport guests between the stadium and arena during the ceremony. If you think you might take advantage of the alternate viewing site, it is recommended that you park in the lots surrounding Stabler Arena.

General parking is available on Goodman Campus in the lots adjacent to Stabler Arena. Parking attendants will direct cars to parking areas that are located approximately 600 yards from the stadium.

Individuals who require special parking or seating due to a disability, please click on mobility-impaired parking and seating options or contact the Office of University Events at (610) 758-4682 or

Students from Lehigh’s four colleges will participate at this ceremony. For the benefit of all graduates and their families, please demonstrate courtesy by remaining in your seat for the entire ceremony. NOTE: Access to the stadium field will not be permitted during the ceremony. Cell phones should be silenced during the ceremony. Drones are prohibited on Lehigh campus. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and bags larger than 14" x 14" are not permitted in Goodman Stadium. Small purses and diaper bags are permitted.

Immediately following the ceremony, all graduates are invited to meet with family and friends at their college tent located on the south side and outside of Goodman Stadium. Limited seating available.

Tweet with us during Commencement using #lehighgrad.

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