NOTE: All Summer/Fall 2019 and Spring/Summer 2020 graduates will be eligible to participate in the ceremony.

This year’s ceremony will be done a little differently than in the past due to COVID-19 state mandated restrictions. Please read this email carefully as it contains important details about the ceremony. We understand that this may not be how you expected to graduate, but it does not change the fact that you did something that less than half of the US population does-you got a college degree! Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate that accomplishment together!

Being that we are restricted to no more than 25 people at an indoor event or 250 at an outdoor event, we have decided to host a drive-in style ceremony. Students and their guests are invited to attend with one vehicle per graduate. You must confirm you will be attending by completing THIS FORM no later September 18, 2020. The ceremony will include a series of featured speakers and a reading of the graduates names. Students and guests will be required to remain in their vehicles while on campus. The ceremony will play through an FM radio station that you can tune in to. 

If you plan to attend, students will also need to come to the drive-thru Cap and Gown Pick Up event on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM. At this event, students will be able to pick up their cap and gown packages, “ticket” to the ceremony (hang tag for vehicle), ceremony information, a gift from the alumni association, and some other surprises!

Please know that we have spent countless hours trying to find the best way to honor your accomplishment and we are truly excited to be able to celebrate with you. We are encouraging students to decorate their vehicles and we expect lots of horns to be honked as your name is read! We will make this day special for you and your families!


Graduation Events
Deadline to Order Cap and Gown
Graduation Rehearsal
Graduation Tickets
Academic Awards Convocation
Participation Requirements
Graduation Pictures
Inclement Weather
Live Coverage

Commencement exercises are traditionally held annually at the end of the spring semester, however, this year we will be postponing the Commencement ceremony to October 10, 2020. Students who complete their degree requirements in the summer, or at the end of the fall semester, receive their diplomas following their completion of the degree requirements. 

Graduation Events

Deadline to order gown – Monday, August 10, 2020
Graduation Rehearsal – Friday, September 25, 2020
Academic Awards Convocation – Thursday, October 8, 2020
Commencement/Graduation – Saturday, October 10, 2020

Deadline to order cap and gown 

The last day to order your Graduation Regalia online has been extended to August 10, 2020. You can order online HERE.
Orders placed after this date may incur additional fees. Anyone who needs to order a cap and gown package after the deadline must contact Tarra Raspanti, Student Affairs Office Manager (

Cap and Gown Pick Up

Cap and Gown Pick Up will take place in the parking lot on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 4-5 p.m.. This is when you will receive your cap & gown, tickets, and other information regarding your graduation. It is important for all graduation candidates to attend this event. Please contact Dean of Students, Allison Mootz (, if you experience a last-minute illness/hardship and cannot attend. 

Graduation Tickets

To ensure the safety of our guests and to keep the size of the audience to a minimum, each graduate will receive one car admissions ticket to Commencement. We will not be distributing extra tickets to the ceremony due to needing to limit the size of the audience.  

A determination will be made at a later date regarding overflow seating in the Dining Hall.


This event celebrates the achievements of August 2019, December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020 graduation candidates. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

Participation Requirements

Petition to Graduate

Students who intend to graduate and meet the residency requirement must see their academic advisor during registration the semester prior to their anticipated degree completion. Advisors and Students will work together to complete and submit a Graduation Petition. Once the Graduation Petition is completed and signed by advisor or program director, submit to the Registrar for final approval. The Graduation Petition MUST be completed in order to be eligible for a degree evaluation.  Only once all materials are received will an academic audit be done.

Approval to graduate is granted by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

To participate in commencement, you must:

  • RSVP by using THIS FORM
  • Attend the commencement rehearsal on Friday, September 25, 2020.
  • Complete degree requirements. Contact your advisor or program director to verify the completion of degree requirements.
  • Satisfy all financial and library obligations. Degree candidates who have balances due at the Bursar’s Office or books due at the library must satisfy these obligations before they can receive diplomas. All financial obligations must be fulfilled prior to December 1 for December completers, April 1 for May completers, and June 1 for summer completers.
  • Complete the loan exit interview. All students who borrowed a Federal Perkins or Federal Direct Student Loan while enrolled at Manor College must attend an exit counseling session to review their rights and responsibilities. Sessions will be offered in April at varying times and will last approximately 30 minutes. A specific schedule of dates and times will be sent to graduation candidates by email.
  • Purchase your cap and gown. To attend the commencement ceremony, graduates are required to wear the proper academic regalia. To purchase a cap and gown, please click here

Graduation Pictures

Graduation pictures will be taken on:


There will be a $5 sitting fee to take your pictures (credit, cash, or check accepted). The photographer will send you a link to view all pictures and you can pick and pay for your package at a later date. Please check your Manor email for directions on how to sign up for an appointment slot to take graduation pictures. Email Ashley Hillegas, Director of Student Engagement at with any questions.  We will provide a cap and gown for photos.

If you missed graduation pictures on campus or are interested in retaking your pictures, you can contact photographer Connie Gallagher from TLP Studios at 215-938-9801/9800 or visit her website at

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the decision regarding the location will be made the day of the ceremony and will be announced on the Manor College website by 7 am the day of the ceremony.

Hot Weather

It is possible that the weather will be unseasonably warm. Students and guests are advised to dress appropriately if this is the case.

View photos from the 2019 Commencement here!