Members of the class of 2021 will walk the stage Saturday to mark the end of their college journey.
Shippensburg University will host three ceremonies Saturday following health guideline’s from the campus, state and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), officials said.
The first ceremony is an in-person ceremony at 10 a.m. in Seth Grove Stadium.
The other two are drive-in ceremonies held in the parking lot by the ShipRec, according to university officials. All ceremonies are limited to ticketholders only and all guests must wear masks when outside of their vehicles.
The stadium opens at 8:30 a.m. for graduates and 9 a.m. for in-person guests.
The drive-in ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the drive-in ceremony for the Colleges of Business and Education and Human services following at 4 p.m.
Drive-in ceremony attendees should arrive at the C-6 and C-10 parking lots to receive instruction on where to line up, said Megan Silverstrim, SU media relations and social media manager. The drive-in parking lots will be accessible via the Adams Drive/Lancaster Drive entrance, according to SU officials. The lots will open one hour before the scheduled ceremony. Graduates must check in at the registrar tables to receive name cards and programs. Check-in closes 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
Officials said all event attendees should expect to be in a line of traffic waiting to be directed to their parking areas and encourage them to arrive “earlier than later.”
Those parked in the C-6 lot will see the drive-in stage in-person, while the C-10 lot will have a large drive-in screen for participants to watch, according to ship.edu/graduation.
A list of full instructions for graduates and attendees can be found at ship.edu/events/commencement/commencement-instructions/.
Even though graduation attendance is limited, the ceremonies will be live streamed on supmediasite.passhe.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/stdona-commencement-2021-spring and broadcasted on the campus radio station WSYC 88.7 FM.
The rain date for graduation is Sunday. Officials will make a decision about inclement weather by Friday at 3 p.m. if necessary, the university website said. AccuWeather is forecasting Saturday to be partly sunny with a high of 69 degrees and 25% chance of precipitation. Sunday’s forecast is mostly cloudy with a high of 71 degrees and a 19% chance of precipitation.