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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 10:15 a.m. 
The ceremony normally concludes by approximately 12:15 p.m.
Place: Wolf Lawn, Main Campus
View the Commencement campus map

Please note: Every effort will be made to hold the Commencement Ceremony as scheduled. If severe weather forces the College to cancel commencement, the announcement will be placed on the College's portal, social media accounts and the Weather Hotline. 

Coach Bruce Arians Headshot. Commencement Speaker
Bruce Arians, commencement speaker

Commencement Information

  • Commencement Speaker

    Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Coach Bruce Arians

    Bruce Arians was named the 12th head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 8, 2019. He is a two-time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year, earning the award in 2012 (Indianapolis Colts) and in 2014 (Arizona Cardinals). He is the only coach in NFL history to earn the award multiple times in a three-year span with different teams, and is one of only 12 coaches in NFL history to win the award multiple times.

    Prior to arriving in Tampa, Arians spent five seasons (2013-17) as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, in addition to a 12-game stint as interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2012). He previously spent eight seasons with the Steelers, five as offensive coordinator (2007-11) and three as the wide receivers coach (2004-06). Pittsburgh earned a victory in Super Bowl XLIII over the Cardinals; Arians was also part of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL win as the team’s wide receivers coach.

    Before joining the Steelers, Arians spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2001-03). He joined Cleveland after spending three seasons with the Colts as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Arians’ first NFL job was with the Kansas City Chiefs, working as the team’s running backs coach for four seasons (1989-92). 

    Arians’ coaching career began in 1975 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, where he played quarterback. He became one of the youngest head coaches in Division I history when Temple University hired him in 1983 at the age of 30. He spent six seasons coaching the Owls (1983-88). 

    Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Arians grew up in York, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Christine, have two children – son, Jake, and daughter, Kristi Anne, as well as granddaughters, Presley and Brylee, and grandsons, Asher and Mills.

  • Ceremony Information

    Ceremony Information

    The College-wide Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 10:15 under the ceremony tent on the main campus, 441 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403. The ceremony will last a minimum of two hours.

    The following academic programs host additional ceremonies for their graduates. Contact the department directly for information about those events:

    Nursing Pinning Ceremony, WPAC, Friday, May 15, 5:00 pm. Contact: Laurie Giorgi, 717.815.1912.


    Parking on the main campus will be restricted on the day of the ceremony.

    Graduates and guests will park in the lots to the west of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center on the west campus. 

    Access the west campus parking lots via West Campus Drive, off Richland Avenue. Guests using a GPS device should navigate to the following address: 899 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403.

    Guests may take the 10-minute walk from the parking lots to the main campus. Shuttles will be also available for guests who need or prefer to ride.

    Handicapped parking is available on the west campus for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or hangtag. Guests needing additional assistance may be dropped off inside the main campus entrance.

    View the Commencement campus map at this link

    • Guest parking lots on the west campus are marked in red. 

    • The drop-off location on the main campus for guests needing special accommodations is marked in blue.

    See also “Special Accommodations for Guests” under the Graduates and Guests tab.

    Food, Beverages, and Gifts

    A complimentary continental breakfast and beverages for graduates and guests will be served in Johnson Dining Hall in the Iosue Student Union building from 8 -10 a.m. 

    The York College Bookstore will be open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Graduation Day to obtain York College gift items, clothing, balloons, etc.  Snacks for the trip home will also be available. For questions, contact the Bookstore at 717.849.1699.

    Flowers, provided by the Bookstore and may be purchased near the tent before, during, and at the conclusion of the ceremony. Prices range from $20 to $30.

    Admission to the Ceremony

    The ceremony tent will admit guests with green tickets beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Auditoriums, where the livestream viewings are held, will also be open at that time.

    See also “Tickets” under the Graduates and Guests tab.

    Livestream Viewing

    The Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed with captions. A link to view the Commencement livestream will appear on this website prior to the start of the ceremony. The livestream will be available on any device with Internet access. 

    The livestream will also be broadcast near the tent in auditoriums where guests may relax in accessible, air-conditioned comfort, with restrooms nearby. These are ideal locations for families wanting space for active children, or for anyone wanting padded seats and access to restroom facilities. Tickets are not required to enter the auditoriums 

    Photos and Video

    On graduation day, a posed photo will be taken of each graduate as they approach the ramp, a second in front of the College banner and a candid photo as they cross the stage and are greeted by Dr. Gunter-Smith. 

    Grad Images™ is the official photo provider. Proofs will be available online after the ceremony at Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. For questions, contact Grad Images Customer Service at 800.261.2576 or via email at Students who preregister with Grad Images get 20% off an order of $50 or more. Go to the direct link for Pre-Registration:

    DVD/Blu-ray video recordings of the Commencement ceremony are available for purchase through Penguin Productions LLC or at 717.725.1804. 

    Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photos or videos.

    Alcoholic Beverages and Disruptive Behavior

    Graduates and their guests are to refrain from bringing alcoholic beverages or items such as signs and noisemakers that would disrupt the dignity of the event or impede the view or enjoyment of others around them. Intoxicated graduates will not be permitted to process into the ceremony.

    Old Spart Tradition

    The tradition of graduates painting their names on “Old Spart” (the large green rock located outside the entrance to the Bookstore) continues. Graduates may stop by after the ceremony to paint their name on the rock for all to see. Supplies will be provided. This is an excellent photo opportunity for graduates and families.


    The Commencement ceremony is held under the ceremony tent on the main campus, rain or shine. Most ticketed seats are protected from rain by the tent, but some are not, and will be wet if rain occurs. Guests who wish to remain in unprotected seats in the rain should prepare accordingly. Guests may choose to view the livestream broadcast of the ceremony in the accessible, air-conditioned auditoriums in the event of rain. Tickets are not required to enter the auditoriums.

    Extreme weather (high winds, lightning) may necessitate moving the ceremony indoors to the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center on the west campus. In that case, a maximum of 2 guests per graduate may enter the event space, using only the white tickets each graduate was issued. Guests not holding white tickets will view the ceremony from one of the livestream viewing auditoriums on the main campus. The decision to move the ceremony indoors will be made as far in advance as possible, announced via email to graduates, and posted on the College website.

    In the rare event the ceremony must be canceled altogether, the decision will be made as far ahead as possible, announced via email to graduates, and posted on the College website.

  • Graduates and Guests Information

    Graduate and Guests Information


    At Grad Finale on April 1, each graduate receives 5 green tickets to admit guests into the ceremony tent perimeter. A ticket is required for each guest who wishes to enter the ceremony tent, including children age two and older. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. 

    The Livestream will also be broadcast near the tent in auditoriums where guests may relax in accessible, air-conditioned comfort, with restrooms nearby. These are ideal locations for families wanting space for active children, or for anyone wanting padded seats and access to restroom facilities. Tickets are not required to enter the auditoriums 

    Graduates also receive two white tickets. These are exclusively for the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, in the rare event that the ceremony must be moved indoors due to extreme weather. White tickets may NOT be used for admittance into the tent on the main campus. 

    Senior Class Ticket Exchange

    Following Grad Finale, the Senior Class officers will contact graduating seniors via email, giving graduates an opportunity to donate tickets they do not need, or request extra tickets for their guests. Instructions and dates when the Ticket Exchange is open will be included in the Ticket Exchange communication. 

    Seating under the tent is limited. Extra tickets are not guaranteed through the exchange. Guests without tickets should prepare to view the ceremony at one of the main campus Livestream viewing auditoriums near the tent.

    Special Accommodations for Guests

    Graduates or guests requiring special seating accommodations, including persons with disabilities or those requiring a sign language interpreter, should contact Desiree Kile, Campus Operations Office, 717.815.1548 or no later than Thursday, May 7. The sign language interpretation will be included in the live feed and video.

    All guests, including those needing special accommodations, must have a green ticket to enter the ceremony tent.

    For additional accessible seating, see also “Livestream Viewing” under the Ceremony tab.

    For drop-off options, see also “Parking” under the Ceremony tab.

    Academic Regalia and Attire

    Academic Regalia for students participating in Commencement consists of four pieces: cap, gown, tassel, and hood. To order the complete regalia package from the Bookstore, graduates must submit a pre-order online at Distribution of pre-ordered regalia will be at the bookstore’s Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Regalia will not be available on Commencement Day.

    Costs of regalia packages are:

    • Associates: $29.99  
    • Bachelor’s: $56.99
    • Master’s: $59.99

    Graduates who cannot attend Grad Finale or have other questions regarding academic regalia, should contact the Bookstore at 717.849.1699.

    Graduate gowns are knee-length. Graduates are encouraged to wear business-casual attire under their gowns, and comfortable shoes to endure long periods of standing as well as walking across the platform. Slippery shoes, flip flops, and uncomfortable shoes are discouraged. Graduates are encouraged to decorate the top of their mortarboard caps in good taste.

    Business-casual attire is appropriate for guests of the graduates.


    Announcements for graduates to send to friends and family may be purchased at the Bookstore. General announcements cost $5.99 per package of five. Personalized announcements are available through Jostens and at Grad Finale on April 1, 2020. Graduates should see the Jostens’ communications for pricing on personalized announcements. 

    Grad Finale

    A day dedicated to preparing graduates for the Commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Bookstore. Refer to the materials mailed to each candidate for graduation by Jostens. For questions, contact the bookstore at 717.849.1699.

    Note: Grad Finale and Commencement Rehearsal are two separate events. Graduates need to plan to attend both events to be fully prepared for Commencement.

    Commencement Rehearsal

    Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Wolf Gymnasium in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. Graduates will enter through the Field House to collect their materials for rehearsal.

    The rehearsal will include:

    • Complete instructions for Commencement participation.
    • Writing the correct pronunciation of your name on your name card and returning the card before you leave.
    • Instructions on wearing your regalia with examples of how to wear each accessory.
    • Door prizes.
    • Gifts for all graduates.

    Robing and Processional

    Graduates will report to their line-up site in Campbell Hall or Life Sciences on the main campus no later than 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020. 

    Campbell Hall Lobby: Associates, Master’s, and Doctoral students, as well as Bachelor’s students with last names A-K

    Life Sciences Lobby: Bachelor’s students with last names L-Z

    Graduates are to report already robed in their regalia. Regalia for the processional must include cap, robe, hood, and tassel. Graduates must leave bags, backpacks, purses, and other large belongings with guests. Graduates will only carry a program and pocket-sized items into the ceremony.

    Commencement Program

    Each graduate’s home town, academic major(s) and honors will be listed in the printed program. Graduates are responsible for listing their home town on their application for graduation. Notify the Records Office at 717.815.1504 of any changes no later than April 25 in order to meet printing deadlines.

    Diploma and Transcript

    Each graduate’s semester grades report will be available online as soon as they can be processed. Graduates who have an incomplete grade or an apparent discrepancy must take the necessary corrective action immediately by contacting the appropriate professor, academic department, or the Registrar’s office at 717.815.1273. Grade reports will not contain documentation of graduation. 

    Diplomas are mailed after the final verification of all degree requirements, approximately 3-4 weeks after the end of the semester. A copy of the final transcript documenting graduation is included in the mail with each graduate’s diploma. 


    Honors, as noted in the Commencement program, are based on all previously completed courses prior to the Spring 2020 semester Questions regarding honors may be directed to Kristi Viands, in the Records Office, Miller Administration Building at 717.815.1232 or by email

    Participating B.A./B.S. academic honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude) candidates are recognized with the wearing of Honors Cords. The cords will be included in the pre-ordered regalia package obtained through the Bookstore, at no additional cost. (See the Academic Regalia section on this page.) Honors candidates’ names will be preceded by appropriate asterisks (*) in the program.

    Alpha Chi Honor Society Graduation Medallions

    Alpha Chi members who are candidates for May 2020 graduation are entitled to wear the official AX Honor Medallion with their academic regalia. AX medallions may be purchased at Commencement Rehearsal on May 8, 2020.  Students who cannot attend Commencement Rehearsal may purchase their medallion in the Provost’s Office (Miller Administration Building, Room 18). The cost is $13.00, payable by cash or check.

    Medallions will not be available on Commencement day.


    The Office of Communications will work with an outside organization to alert local media of the graduation of students in their home towns.  It is at the discretion of the newspapers as to when these announcements appear. For questions, contact Colleen Adamy at 717.815.1456 or

Contact Us
Dianne Creagh, Director of First-Year Experience
Humanities, Room 22
Phone: 717.815.2216

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