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Traditional Graduates

Saturday, May 17, 2014 begins 11 a.m.

Location: The Dell

  • Tickets: are not needed if the ceremony is held in the DELL.  Family and friends may sit in the designated seating area (first come first served) or bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit in the shaded areas of the Dell. The only reserved seating in the DELL is for special needs attendees and our graduates. Please note that seating provided by the College is not in a shaded area and receives quite a bit of sun on a nice day.

Rain location: Thompson Gym

  • TICKETS: THREE tickets per graduate, available early May - students should pick up tickets at the Office of Registration and Records. Graduates should specify if anyone has special needs. Extra tickets ONLY are available through other students who don't need them.
  • Overflow seating is provided in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center with streaming video of the ceremony.
  • As originally planned, the commencement ceremony for traditional students will be held outside in The Dell on Saturday, May 17. Because of the recent wet weather, please select footwear that would be appropriate for what could still be damp or wet conditions. The College reminds guests that the ground will be damp. If you choose to sit on the ground for the ceremony, please plan accordingly.


Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m.
Thompson Gym

At rehearsal, graduating seniors will be provided with their line-up order. Students who cannot make rehearsal are responsible for finding out where to line up on graduation day. 

Day of Commencement

  • Commencement is preceded by a complimentary continental breakfast in The Marketplace of Brossman Commons from 7 until 10 a.m.  Seniors, their family members and friends are invited.
  • The Master's Hooding Ceremony for graduating fifth-year Occupational Therapy majors will take place the morning of commencement, at 8:30 in the KᾹV. Family and friends of graduates are invited to join in the celebration. Graduates will receive an invitation to the event and should RSVP with the number of guests in their party to Jean Dietrich at or 717-361-1174. A continental breakfast will follow the ceremony.
  • FLOWERS: half-dozen roses with greens and colorful wrapping ($20), a dozen roses with greens and wrapping ($30), or a colorful Hawaiian orchid lei ($35).
  • Flowers available 10 a.m. just prior to the beginning of the Commencement ceremony at the top of The Dell. (During severely inclement weather, they will be sold outside Thompson Gymnasium.) Quantities are limited, so plan to get your flowers early.  Sorry, no advance orders.
  • Boutonnieres on men’s robes are no problem.
  • Parking will be at a premium on and near campus.  Arrive early for a convenient spot.  Campus Security will be directing traffic on campus.  
  • Those with special needs may be dropped off near the ceremony. Please contact Campus Security (717-361-1000) for details and Registration and Records (717-361-1409) for special needs tickets in the event of inclement weather.
  • Water stations will be available at the top of The Dell. 
  • Photos by Island Photography – visit the Island Photography website at for information.
  • Wear sunscreen!

Commencement Speaker

Mark SamelsMark Samels
Executive Producer of "AMERICAN EXPERIENCE," 

Named executive producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, PBS’s flagship history series, in 2003, Samels has guided the program, produced by WGBH/Boston, to become the most-watched and longest-running television history series. Under his leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award.

"The Amish," for which Samels was executive producer, premiered in February 2012 at Elizabethtown College just before the film launched nationally on public television stations. Donald Kraybill, Senior Fellow at the College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, served as a liaison with the Amish community and facilitated their involvement in the show’s production. Kraybill also appeared in the film.

Before joining WGBH in 1997, Samels was vice president for production at PBS station WITF in Harrisburg, Pa. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as a steelworker in East Chicago and a seaman on the Great Lakes. He and his wife, Debra Carbarnes, have two children and live outside of Boston.

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