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Traditional Graduates

Saturday, May 16, 2015 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

  • Inclement Weather Hotline: 717-361-1988 or 888-895-0962
  • TICKETS: THREE tickets per graduate, available early May - students should pick up their tickets at the Graduation Fair on March 19, 2015; if you are unable to attend the grad fair, please pick up tickets from Registration and Records or contact them to have the tickets mailed. 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.


Friday, May 15 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

E. Roe Stamps IVE. Roe Stamps IV, founder of Stamps Leadership Scholars.

Roe Stamps and wife, Penny, were so inspired by the impact that university experiences had on their lives, they support exceptional students in their pursuits of higher education by creating programs that offer enriched educational experiences for Stamps Leadership Scholars. The first three Elizabethtown College Stamps Scholars are in the 2015 E-town graduating class. Fifteen additional Stamps Scholars are underclassmen at E-town.

The hope is that today’s Stamps Leadership Scholars become mentors and supporters of the next generation of promising young students.

Stamps is a private investor and cofounder of the Boston-based private investment company Summit Partners. He is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, an industrial engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School.

As part of the graduation ceremony, Elizabethtown College will acknowledge the work of Roe Stamps; Phil Clemens, of Hatfield Foods and an active member of the High Center; and Donald B. Kraybill, retiring Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, with honorary degrees.

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