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152nd Spring Commencement Weekend
Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18, 2020

Commencement Ceremony General Information

Graduation will be held outdoors rain or shine in Goodman Stadium on Lehigh's Goodman Campus. Students from Lehigh’s four colleges will participate at this ceremony. Tickets are not required for admission to the graduation ceremony in Goodman Stadium. In case of severe weather, please visit our severe weather information page.

It is important that your graduate’s name is pronounced correctly as they cross the stage at the Commencement Ceremony. To make sure pronunciation is on point, your graduate will receive an email from MarchingOrder to create an account or they may access the Online System to create an account. Once logged in, your graduate will complete the form giving them the ability to provide phonetic spelling of their name, record their name, and more. They must click Submit once completed and they will receive an email confirmation confirming their submission. THIS ONLINE SYSTEM WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 25.

NOTE: Only students who have completed their graduation application and indicated they will walk at the commencement ceremony have access to login to the name pronunciation system. To create their account, they must use the email address where they received the email regarding name pronunciation.

How It Works at the Ceremony

  • Once the system closes, a professional announcer will record every graduate’s name that was provided by April 24 and use the information within their form to pronounce their name correctly.
  • If they do not complete the process above, their name will still be recorded in advance based on professional judgement as long as they completed their graduation application and indicated they will walk at the commencement ceremony by April 24.
  • The morning of the ceremony, they will receive their reader card in the Student Assembly Area, which will include a barcode linked to their pre-recorded name file.
  • They will be instructed not to bend or fold this card.
  • When instructed to line-up by the stage, they will present their reader card to the scanner at either the left or right side of the stage.
  • Their reader card will be scanned, announcing their name as they walk forward to receive a congratulations from a member of senior leadership, which will be captured on screen with their name displayed.
  • NOTE: The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Late arrivals are not guaranteed their pre-printed reader card and will need to complete an orange reader card before being seated by a faculty usher. If graduates have an orange card, their name will be read by a reader onsite and their name will NOT appear on the screen.

The gates to Goodman Stadium, on Lehigh’s Goodman Campus, open at 8:45 a.m. We strongly encourage you arrive early to avoid traffic backups and parking delays. In addition, all bags will be checked upon entering.

View Stadium Diagram > (PDF)

Students

Graduating students must arrive to Goodman Campus in appropriate academic regalia and report to the playing fields on the EAST side of Goodman Stadium by 8:30 a.m. They need to check in at the card distribution tables of their specific college to receive their reader card and line up.

Parking

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.

For mobility-impaired parking, please email your name, mailing address, and phone number to inuday@lehigh.edu. Mobility-impaired parking permits will be mailed two weeks prior to the ceremony. No reservations will be taken after Wednesday, April 29. View more information on mobility-impaired parking >.

Special bleacher sections are available for individuals with disabilities on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty ushers will be available for assistance. View further details on mobility-impaired parking and seating options or contact the Office of University Events at (610) 758-4682 or inuday@lehigh.edu.

Only service dogs are allowed to accompany their owner to Commencement, no house pets. In accordance with the American Disabilities Act, the appropriate information will have to be provided if requested.

For your comfort and convenience, an indoor ceremony viewing site will be available in Stabler Arena located south of Goodman Stadium. The arena is ADA accessible offering chairs with backs, concession stands, and restrooms. Commencement programs will be distributed inside the front entrance. Shuttles will be available to transport guests between the stadium and arena during the ceremony in case your guests change their mind on where they would like to view the ceremony.

In addition, the Commencement Ceremony will be streamed online on the main Lehigh Commencement page. If your guests are unable to attend, they will be able to watch and enjoy the Commencement Ceremony from any location with internet access.

Please keep in mind that Commencement will be held outdoors in a football stadium so bring your creature comforts. Hats to shield your head from the sun, sunglasses, sunscreen, stadium cushions, etc. are recommended. In the event of rain, bring your umbrella and rain gear. High heels are not recommended for guests and/or graduates.

Complimentary water stations will be located throughout the stadium and water will be offered to all graduates on the field. Graduates do have the option to bring their own refillable water bottle on the field as additional water will be available for refills. The ceremony typically runs from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. so don’t skip breakfast. For your convenience, concession stands will also be open.

GradImages is the official photographer for Lehigh University’s Commencement Ceremony. GradImages photographers will take pictures of each student as he/she receives a congratulatory handshake on the stage along with two to three more photographs during the ceremony. Additionally, before and after the ceremony, GradImages photographers will be walking around Goodman Stadium taking photos with graduates and family members. These photographers will be wearing red vests for easy recognition. The images they capture will be available online along with the images they capture of each graduate during the ceremony.

Proofs and order forms will be emailed to each student within 7 days of the ceremony. If you have not received your photos or have questions regarding your photos, please contact GradImages at www.gradimages.com or (800) 261-2576.

Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax, and enjoy the ceremony.

For the benefit of all graduates and their families, please demonstrate courtesy by remaining in your seat for the entire ceremony. The ceremony should last until approximately 1:00 p.m. Following the ceremony, all graduates are invited to meet with family and friends at their college tent located on the south side of Goodman Stadium. Limited seating available. For those making restaurant reservations after the ceremony, allow yourself enough travel time and anticipate traffic delays.

Personalized announcements are available through the Lehigh University Bookstore. To order, please visit this site.

Check out the university's Local Activities & Resources for a complete listing of accommodations, regional information and highlights to make the most of your visit to Lehigh University.

College graduation is an achievement worthy of a special celebration. Honor your graduate's commencement with beautiful roses. They are available by the dozen, arranged in a bouquet tied with ribbons representing school colors and a gift card with your personal message. All proceeds benefit the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, a non-profit United Way agency. For your convenience, the roses will be available for pickup on Monday, May 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Goodman Stadium. Access the online order form >

This Commencement event is being recorded and will be streamed online the day of the event. Your attendance at Commencement will indicate your consent for streaming and the appearance of your image in any footage, including the use of the recording for future purposes. The ceremony is being recorded for web streaming purposes only and is not commercially available.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address that the graduate listed when completing their graduation application. Estimated delivery time is four to six weeks after Commencement. If your graduate has not received their diploma by July 6, please contact Registration & Academic Services at (610) 758-3200.

The Epitome, Lehigh University's yearbook, is available for purchase for a limited time!

Preserve their Lehigh memories forever. Created exclusively by students, the Epitome is one of Lehigh’s most prominent commemorative records. The 2020 Epitome is a full-color, hardbound publication that captures a year of life on campus: senior portraits, student organizations, athletics, clubs, campus events, and more!

Parents: Personalize it by creating a recognition ad to honor your student. Commemorate your student’s achievements by purchasing a senior congratulatory message in the 2020 edition. (Purchase must be made by May 1, 2020.)

  • 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.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of University Events at (610) 758-4682 or inuday@lehigh.edu.