NOTE: All Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring 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 revisit this page frequently as it will be updated as more details are finalized. 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!

As we work hard to determine the safest way to host the 2021 Commencement, we need to know how many students plan to attend. You must confirm you will be attending by completing THIS FORM

If you plan to attend, students will also need to come to the drive-thru Cap and Gown Pick Up event on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM. At this event, students will be able to pick up their cap and gown packages, ticket to the ceremony, ceremony information, a gift from the alumni association, and some other surprises!

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

Commencement exercises are traditionally held annually at the end of the spring semester, This year’s Commencement ceremony will be held on May 13, 2021. Students who complete their degree requirements in summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 receive their diplomas following their completion of the degree requirements. 

Graduation Events

Deadline to order gown – Monday, March 15, 2021
Graduation Rehearsal – Friday, April 30, 2021
Commencement/Graduation – Thursday, May 13, 2021

Commencement/Graduation

This event celebrates the achievements of August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021 graduation candidates. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

Due to restrictions due to COVID, the ceremony will be a drive-in style event (see the 2020 Drive In Commencement here).

All guests are required to remain in their vehicles. Graduates will have the option of walking to the stage to have their name read if they chose to do so. We ask that all family and friends remain in their vehicles. We will have a professional photographer taking photos and they will be made available to all graduates after the ceremony.

Graduation Checklist

Deadline to order cap and gown 

The last day to order your Graduation Regalia online is March 15, 2021. 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 Ashley Hillegas, Director of Student Engagement ahillegas@manor.edu.

Cap and Gown Pick Up

Cap and Gown Pick Up will take place in the parking lot on Friday, April 30, 2021 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 (amootz@manor.edu), if you experience a last-minute illness/hardship and cannot attend.

Graduation Tickets

Students and their guests are invited to attend with one vehicle per graduate.

In the event that we have extra tickets available, graduates may request an extra ticket by emailing Ashley Hillegas (ahillegas@manor.edu) AFTER April 1. Requests received before April 1 will not be honored.

Commencement/Graduation

This event celebrates the achievements of August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021 graduation candidates. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

Due to restrictions due to COVID, the ceremony will be a drive-in style event (see the 2020 Drive In Commencement here

All guests are required to remain in their vehicles. Graduates will have the option of walking to the stage to have their name read if they chose to do so. We ask that all family and friends remain in their vehicles. We will have a professional photographer taking photos and they will be made available to all graduates after the ceremony.

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, April 30, 2021.
  • 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 purchase a cap and gown, please click here

Graduation Pictures

Graduation pictures will be taken on February 25, 2021. Further details coming soon.

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 ahillegas@manor.edu 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 https://tlpstudios.com/

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 WeatherIt 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 2020 Commencement here!  

Double check that you’ve successfully completed everything required for graduation with our Graduation Checklist.