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Commencement Tips

Helpful Tips for an Enjoyable Commencement Weekend

Commencement Tip #1

To receive your forwarded first class mail, all students must update their address and demographic information in the My Witt Portal. This would include future addresses (if different), phone, email address (non-Wittenberg email), etc. Post graduation, please email any of these changes to alumni@wittenberg.edu or update here!

Commencement Tip #2

The class of 2021 will livestream its Baccalaureate Service held live in Weaver Chapel on Wittenberg’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wittenberguniversity) on Friday, May 14, with pre-service music beginning at 4 p.m., and the ceremony at 4:15 p.m.

Baccalaureate is an academic and religious tradition that celebrates the upcoming commencement festivities surrounding graduating students. It is a time to reflect on seniors’ time at Wittenberg, and to look to faith as they begin the next step in their journey. Planned with members of the senior class, many graduating seniors will participate in the service through reading scripture, sharing reflections, and taking part in special music.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance will be significantly restricted. General seating is ticketed (free) through Event Brite, so that we can manage the number of people who will be attending in person. General seating is primarily in the balcony, side balcony and the back of the main floor of the chapel, and there are no assigned seats.

Commencement Tip #3

Due to COVID-19 and our protocol we are issuing tickets/wristbands for admission into commencement to control the number of guests in one space. Each graduate will receive 2 (TWO) 'tickets' allowing guests to display the wristband for access into the stadium (outside) or arena (inside). If you have not already picked up your tickets, please do so at the Bayley Alumni House from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the remainder of this week-Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

If you are unable to pick up your 'tickets' please contact Brandee Bates Kern at bbates@wittenberg.edu.

Commencement Tip #4

GradImages is the official photographer for Wittenberg University Commencement. A professional photographer will take an individual picture of each graduate as they meet the president at mid stage. There will be a staged photo of each graduate with the diploma prior to being seated. There will also be photo opportunities at the reception in Commencement Hollow following the ceremony.

Commencement Tip #5

Spaces for seating will be designated with an “X” for each person. X's will be set in twos beside each other. The sets of 2 X's will be 6’ apart from each other throughout the stadium (outside) or arena (inside). As you enter the facility PLEASE adhere to the designated seating area so that we are compliant with guidelines.

  • For those assigned to the 11 a.m. ceremony, gates will open at 9:30 a.m. All guests must be seated by 10:30 a.m.
  • For those assigned to the 3 p.m. ceremony, gates will open at 1:45 p.m. All guests must be seated by 2:30 p.m.

State of Ohio Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies

Commencement Tip #6

Wittenberg University will be Live Streaming the commencement ceremonies for those who cannot be in attendance. It can be viewed at https://www.wittenberg.edu/live under the live events tab. It can also be viewed 24 to 48 hours after the event as an archived video.

Please feel free to share with those that are not able to attend. Due to COVID, there will be no alternate on-campus viewing locations.

Commencement Tip #7

Parking Information

  • The parking area across from the Health, Wellness & Athletics (HWA) Complex on Bill Edwards Drive and the spots in front of Synod Hall are designated for handicapped parking. The lot will be monitored by university personnel throughout the day. To access the handicapped parking area, please enter campus from Plum Street. Bill Edwards Drive will be closed between Woodlawn & E. Campus Drive.
  • There is a limited number of parking spots available, but we will be offering a shuttle service throughout the day to accommodate visitors parked in other lots.
  • Other parking locations include New Residence Hall, Tower Hall, Firestine Hall, Hollenbeck Hall, Benham-Pence Student Center, and Krieg Hall.
  • Click Here for directions, campus maps, and detailed parking information.

Commencement Tip #8

For your last minute Wittenberg University apparel and mementos the University Bookstore will be open the following hours over the Commencement Weekend:

  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Commencement Tip #9

The bell which hangs in the cupola atop of Myers Hall will ring at 8:30 a.m. and again at 10:00 a.m. to indicate the first commencement will be held OUTSIDE. It will ring again at 1:00 pm to indicate the second commencement ceremony will be held OUTSIDE. Please listen closely for the bell...it only rings for four occasions: new student days procession, commencement, the inauguration of a new president, and W Day.

Commencement #10

Whether the Commencement Ceremony is held outside or inside the graduates are to meet in the Steemer at 10:15 (Commencement I) and 2:15 (Commencement II).

Graduates will be lined-up by number for the processional . You will receive this number when you check in at the registration table in the Steemer.

A photographer will take your picture prior to walking across the stage. You will then receive your diploma cover and cross the stage where you will have another photo taken at center stage with the president, socially distanced.

Diplomas-the actual certificate will be available for pick-up after your designated ceremony in Commencement Hollow.

*Stomping the Seal will take place as part of the recessional. Graduates must make certain to stay in your assigned spot in line. The 'stomp' is for graduates only. Wittenberg will have a photographer stationed at this location and we will make the 'stomp the seal' photos available to you at no charge.

Commencement #11

It appears we will have partly cloudy skies with the temperature in the mid to upper 60s. But in Ohio we all know this can change on a dime and we want you to be prepared. Please:

  • Bring or Wear Sunglasses-the surface placed on the turf for the graduate seating is white/light gray and it does reflect the sun.
  • Bring or Wear Sunscreen-there is no shade and no chance of avoiding that amazing sunshine!
  • Hydrate-drink plenty of water prior to the ceremony.
  • Umbrellas are NOT permitted to be open in the seating area once the ceremony starts. They block the view of the other guests. You can bring them to shield the sun or in case of rain, however, once the music begins they must be lowered.
  • Pay attention to your dress. As stated above, there is NO shade in the stadium and the graduates' black robes will absorb the heat.

Commencement #12

Welcome to Commencement Day! We are happy to welcome our graduates and their families to to the Commencement Ceremony and hope you have a wonderful day. Please refer here to view the tips that have been sent over the past two weeks. Also here is a link to the Campus Map should you need to find a building or location.

Enjoy and have a fabulous time!

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