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Are guest tickets required for admission to any of the scheduled events during Commencement Weekend?

Class of 2022 graduating seniors and Class of 2020 graduates may invite as many guests as they wish because tickets are NOT required for any event during Commencement Weekend, including Baccalaureate, Commencement, and the family celebrations (picnics, tent events, brunch, etc.).

How long does the Commencement ceremony last?

Commencement for a full graduating class typically lasts approximately 2½ hours; therefore, the Class of 2022 ceremony should conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

The length of the ceremony for the Class of 2020 will depend on the number of those in attendance, however, we do plan to read every graduate’s name so it is not likely to be much shorter than usual. It likely will last until 3:30 pm or 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 22.

What about gowns for graduating seniors?

Gowns were distributed at the beginning of the academic year to members of the Class of 2022 and were worn by seniors at Convocation in August; these same gowns are to be worn by graduating seniors at Commencement. If the original gown has been lost or destroyed, seniors will be required to purchase a replacement gown by contacting Lesia Lorenzetti in the College Bookstore (llorenzetti@wooster.edu); the cost for a replacement gown is $20.

The College will provide caps and tassels to all graduating seniors at no charge, and these will be distributed in early May.

Class of 2020 members can indicate their regalia needs through the attendance reply form that was sent to them.

Will special items be available for purchase during Commencement?

Class of 2022 t-shirts with the names of seniors on the back will be available for sale, along with flowers and teddy bears, just inside the entrance of the Scot Center on Commencement Day. Items are also available for pre-order through the Wooster Bookstore website.

Will the College be providing any transportation between local hotels and the campus on the day of Commencement?

For the Class of 2022 Commencement, the College will be providing shuttle vans to and from Papp Stadium on Monday, May 16. These shuttle vans will be available to and from the following area hotels and First Presbyterian Church:

  • Best Western (243 E. Liberty)
  • Comfort Suites (965 Dover Road)
  • Days Inn (789 E. Milltown Road)
  • EconoLodge (2137 Lincoln Way East)
  • Hampton Inn (4253 Burbank Road)
  • Hilton Garden Inn (959 Dover Road)
  • Market Street Inn (356 N. Market Street)
  • Rodeway Inn (2055 Lincoln Way East)
  • St. Paul Hotel (203 South Market Street)
  • First Presbyterian Church (621 College Ave.)

Shuttles will run every half hour, beginning at 8:00 a.m., with a final run to campus at 9:30 a.m. Return shuttle vans to each designated location will depart from Papp Stadium at half-hour intervals from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Guests will be dropped off and/or picked up at Papp Stadium. (Please note: the shuttle vans are not available on Sunday, May 15.)

No shuttles will be provided from area hotels on Sunday, May 22.

Where will parking be available to guests during Commencement Weekend?

All on-campus parking lots will be open for guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicap parking is available in the Lowry Center lot near Papp Stadium, and off Beall Avenue in the Ebert Center lot.

Will the College be providing any transportation between the parking lots and the Commencement site for guests with disabilities or those otherwise in need of assistance?

  • On Monday, May 16, courtesy golf carts and drivers will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Ebert Art Center, Holden Hall, Galpin-Taylor, and Wagner Hall parking lots as well as Babcock Hall to transport guests to Papp Stadium.
  • Courtesy golf carts and drivers will also be available following Commencement until 2:30 p.m.
  • Courtesy golf carts and drivers will be available on Sunday, May 22, for Class of 2020 events. Locations and times will be provided at a later date.

Will any space be reserved at Commencement Weekend events for guests using wheelchairs?

During Baccalaureate and the Commencement Concert on Sunday, May 15, reserved seating will be available for guests using wheelchairs on the main floor of McGaw Chapel, and ushers will be available to direct families to the appropriate section.

On Monday, May 16, individuals using wheelchairs can find seating in the front row of Papp Stadium. Ushers will be available to assist.

For the Class of 2020’s Commencement ceremony, individuals using wheelchairs can find comfortable seating in The Scot Center, and ushers will be available to assist. An accessible elevator is also available in the main lobby of The Scot Center. Assistance for individuals with mobility needs for other events can be indicated on the Class of 2020 attendance reply form.

If you have further questions about Commencement Weekend 2022, please send your question(s) to: commencement@wooster.edu.

Class of 2020 Members should complete the attendance reply form no later than April 29. A link to the form was sent to all members of the Class of 2020.