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Information for Guests

 

Tickets are not required if the ceremony is held outside. If the Commencement ceremony must be held indoors, tickets will be required to sit inside Orr Auditorium. Guests without tickets will be able to view a livestream feed of the ceremony from rooms on campus or from home through the College’s website.

Each graduate will receive a to-be-determined number of tickets for their commencement guests. The number of tickets each student receives will be announced in late March. Tickets will be mailed in mid-April to the address in the student’s record. Replacement or additional tickets will not be available, and guests without tickets will not be allowed to stand/sit in Orr.

The baccalaureate service will take place in Will W. Orr Auditorium.

The Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2024 will be held on the south lawn of Old Main and Weisel Senior Terrace. Our intention is to hold Commencement on the south lawn, unless there are extreme temperatures or thunder and lightning. Guests are encouraged to bring an umbrella and light jacket in case of light drizzle or chilly temperatures.

f dangerous weather is forecast, the ceremony will be held in Orr Auditorium. A final call about any anticipated need to move the ceremony indoors will be made by Thursday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. Please check the Commencement website for current information, as changing weather conditions may force us indoors at the last minute.

Map Key

1 - Will W. Orr Auditorium (Baccalaureate Service location; inclement weather location for Commencement Ceremony)
2 - Weisel Senior Terrace (Commencement Ceremony location)

Graduates and their guests should park in the lots for Admissions, Shaw/McKelvey, and Patterson. If these lots are full, guests may park in any other lot on campus. Accessible parking will be available in the Old Main lot if ceremony is outdoors, and the Shaw/McKelvey lot if we are in Orr Auditorium. Check lot signage to ensure you park in an appropriate space. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that enable the short walk. A free shuttle service will be available. There will also be a designated drop off spot at each venue for those with limited mobility.

Map Key

1 - Will W. Orr Auditorium (Baccalaureate Service location; inclement weather location for Commencement Ceremony)
2 - McKelvey Campus Center (Picnic lunch available for purchase)
3 - Weisel Senior Terrace (Commencment Ceremony location) P - Parking
 - Accessible Parking Lots
P - Recommended parking lots (shuttle service available from lower lots)
 - Shuttle stop

A designated area for accessible seating will be available both outside and inside. When Commencement is held outside, the front row will be reserved for accessible seating. When Commencement is held inside Orr Auditorium, the back row will be reserved for accessible seating to comfortably accommodate those in wheelchairs. Guests in the accessible seating area are allowed to have one support person sit with them. All accessible seats are first come, first serve, so it is recommended that guests arrive early.

Accessible parking will be available in the Old Main, Admissions, and Shaw/McKelvey lots. Please see the parking section of this page for a map indicating these lots. There will also be a designated drop off spot at each venue for those with limited mobility.

Guests requiring special arrangements or with accessibility questions should contact winfieka@westminster.edu

The College will follow all CDC and/or Pennsylvania guidelines related to COVID mitigation that are in place at the time of the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

For family and friends unable to attend in person, the Westminster Cable Network (WCN) will telecast the ceremony live over Armstrong (Channel 72, New Wilmington; Channel 204, Grove City) and on Comcast (Channel 183, New Castle) Cable systems. The ceremony will also be streamed live online at WCNLive.com and will be archived for ondemand viewing.

Guests without a ticket will be able to view the ceremony via live stream from Mueller Theater (located in McKelvey Campus Center), and second floor classrooms in Patterson Hall.

Check back soon for details on our Commencement lunch.

For a list of local resources, including area accommodations, please visit our local resources page.

 Local Resources