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Information for Graduates

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

The details below will provide you with what you need to know for Lehigh University's Commencement weekend.

It is important that your name is pronounced correctly as you cross the stage at the Commencement Ceremony. To make sure pronunciation is on point, please follow the steps below by April 24.

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.

  • Access our Online System
    • On April 25, this site will close and no longer be accessible.
  • Select Register under New Users
  • Enter your Lehigh University email address (i.e. abc123@lehigh.edu) and click Request Password
    • Note: You must use the email address where you received the email regarding name pronunciation for Commencement.
  • Upon clicking Request Password, you will receive an email prompting you to click the link provided to create a password.
  • Once logged in, complete the form.
    • You will be able to provide phonetic spelling of your name, record your name, and more.
  • Upon completion, make sure to click Submit. You will receive an email confirmation confirming submission.

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 your form to pronounce your name correctly.
  • If you do not complete the process above, your name will still be recorded in advance based on professional judgement as long as you completed your graduation application and indicated you will walk at the commencement ceremony by April 24.
  • The morning of the ceremony, you will receive your reader card in the Student Assembly Area, which will include a barcode linked to your pre-recorded name file.
  • Do not bend or fold this card.
  • When you are instructed to line-up by the stage, you will present your reader card to the scanner at either the left or right side of the stage.
  • Your reader card will be scanned, announcing your name as you walk forward to receive a congratulations from a member of senior leadership, which will be captured on screen with your name displayed.

Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:00 p.m., Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center

Eligible doctoral candidates will receive a special invitation from the Provost’s Office starting in February. In order to participate in the ceremony, all doctoral candidates need to complete their requirements by May 1 and must RSVP to the email invitation.

At the hooding ceremony, Ph.D. and Ed.D. graduates will be recognized amongst their peers, faculty advisors, and university leadership and formally presented with their doctoral hood. Candidates are requested to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. and check in at the University Events table in Room 143. Due to the processional format, late arrivals cannot be accommodated. A reception will be held in the Atrium Lobby and Fowler Black Box Theatre immediately following the Hooding Ceremony. No tickets are required. All family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony to honor this academic achievement.

For questions specific to the Doctoral Degree Hooding Ceremony or if you did not receive your invitation, please contact Laura Wait at (610) 758-2855 or doctoralrsvp@lehigh.edu.

Lehigh University academic regalia is handled through the Bookstore. All prospective graduates are expected to wear official Lehigh regalia.

Renting Regalia

  • To order your cap, gown, and hood, please go to the following web site: http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/lehigh/. The ordering site will be LIVE taking orders as of February 28.
  • Click on “Order a Cap & Gown” to rent your regalia. Pricing information is available online. Please order by 11:59 p.m. March 23. The site will close on March 24 and reopen around March 26 or sooner.
  • Orders placed from March 24 to April 6 will incur a $50.00 late fee. The final day to order regalia is 11:59 p.m. April 6.
  • As of April 7, the Cap & Gown ordering site will close. If you miss the late ordering date, please contact the Bookstore directly to place your order. All orders placed after April 6 will incur a $100.00 late fee.

Buying Regalia

  • Click on “Order Custom Regalia” for information on buying your regalia. All orders must be placed through the Lehigh University Bookstore no later than April 6.

ALL regalia may be picked up at the Bookstore on April 29 and April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the second floor in the textbook area.

Not on Campus?

Master degree and Doctor degree graduates that are located a distant from Lehigh University have the opportunity to order from the Herff Jones Home Ship ordering site. These graduates can order online and select the option to have their regalia orders sent to their home address at a charge of $15.95. The Home Ship ordering site will close at 11:59 p.m. April 22.

Return of Academic Caps, Gowns and Hoods

Following the ceremony, the Bookstore cap & gown return area will be located in the Student Assembly area next to Goodman Stadium. Please return regalia within one hour after the ceremony. Regalia may also be returned to the Bookstore in Farrington Square - open until 6:00 p.m.

Graduation Announcements

Personalized announcements can be ordered online.

Diploma Frames

Framing Success Diploma Frames are available in the Bookstore for immediate purchase and pick up or may be shipped to your home.

2020 Lehigh University Grad Fair - Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4

All GradPacks will be discounted during the two-day Grad Fair at the Bookstore. Grad Packs include custom rental attire, Framing Success Diploma Frames, and custom announcements. More information will be mailed to home addresses.

Bookstore Hours for Commencement Weekend

Thursday & Friday, May 14 & 15 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 18 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Questions? Please call the Bookstore at 610-758-3375 or e-mail bkslehigh@bncollege.com.

Lehigh buses will be provide a dedicated loop from Asa Packer Campus to Goodman Campus before and after the ceremony for graduates that do not have transportation. The pick-up and drop-off locations before and after the ceremony will be: former Packer Avenue bus stop (Asa Packer Campus) and Goodman Drive circle (Goodman Campus). NOTE: The Campus Connector will continue to provide service the day of Commencement. Track buses here >

Parking is limited on Asa Packer Campus. It is highly recommended that ceremony guests park on Goodman Campus. If parking on Asa Packer Campus, vehicles must observe parking lot signage and meters.

Please arrive at Goodman Campus in appropriate academic regalia and report to the playing fields on the EAST side of Goodman Stadium by 8:30 a.m. You must check in at the card distribution tables for your specific college.

Graduates will be given a pre-printed reader card with their name, degree(s), and a barcode. If you do not have a card, you will be given an orange card that you must complete onsite. Do not bend or fold this card.

You will line up behind the sign indicating your college, degree category, and portion of the alphabet, in alphabetical order. Faculty ushers, who will be wearing bright gold hats, will be able to assist you with assembly and instructions.

If there are problems with your cap, gown, or hood, bookstore representatives will be there to assist you in a tent next to the student assembly area.

View Commencement Lineup Diagram > (PDF)

The procession will leave the assembly area promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Late Arrivals

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.

Led by the ushers, the graduates will enter Goodman Stadium in four columns from the north end of the stadium at 10:00 a.m. Chalk lines on the roadway, traffic cones, and staff personnel will assist in keeping the lines separated and single file. During the Processional, caps should be worn with the tassel on the RIGHT. Graduates will receive a program and water upon entering the stadium. Graduates may bring their own refillable water bottle as additional water will be available for refills. Chairs for the graduates will be on the field. Everyone must remain standing until entire Procession has entered.

The Processional will move into the stadium in the following order:

  • Colors and Color Guard
  • Graduates
  • Faculty
  • University Marshal
  • University Mace Bearer
  • Presidential Party

View Processional Diagram > (PDF)

The Processional is over when the Presidential Party, composed of the University Officials and Commencement Speaker, is standing on the stage. The Commencement Exercises will then begin.

Commencement Exercises

An Invocation will begin the Exercises, followed by the singing of the National Anthem. During this time, the entire audience is standing, caps removed. After the National Anthem, everyone will be seated.

Following the introductory remarks, a selected graduate student, selected undergraduate student, and the president of the senior class will give remarks. President John D. Simon '19P will introduce the commencement speaker, who will then give the address.

View Stadium Diagram > (PDF)

Conferring of Degrees

The degrees will be conferred in the following order:

The dean of the respective college will ask the graduates by degree to rise and then the president will confer the degree. The graduates will be led forward, in alphabetical order, by the ushers. You will present your reader card to the scanner at either the left or right side of the stage. Your card will be scanned, announcing your name as you walk forward to receive a congratulations from a member of senior leadership, which will be captured on screen with your name displayed. Your photograph will also be taken by a commercial photographer. You will exit down the CENTER stage ramp, move the tassel on your cap to the LEFT, and continue to the back of field for one more photograph taken by a commercial photographer. You will then return to your seat. NOTE: If you have an orange card, your name will be read by a reader onsite and your name will NOT appear on the screen.

The Exercises then close with remarks from the Lehigh University Alumni Association President, the Benediction, and the Alma Mater. You are requested to remain in your seat until all degrees have been awarded and the ceremony is concluded.

The departure from the stadium will be led by the colors and color guard followed in turn by the Marshal, the Mace Bearer, the Presidential Party, and the Faculty. All new graduates must stand in their place until the Faculty have cleared the stage. The ceremony is then officially over.

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.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address that you listed when completing your graduation application. Estimated delivery time is four to six weeks after Commencement. If you have not received your diploma 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 your 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 for families and guests.
  • Cell phones must be silenced during the ceremony.
  • Alcohol or smoking is not permitted.
  • Drones are prohibited on Lehigh campus.
  • Please remain in your seats until the ceremony has concluded.

Questions

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