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

Class of 2023 graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish because tickets are NOT required for any event during Commencement Weekend, including Baccalaureate, Commencement, and the All-Campus Picnic on Saturday (i.e., Celebration for Seniors and Families on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday).

How long does the Commencement ceremony last?

Commencement for a full graduating class typically lasts approximately 2.5-3 hours; therefore, the Class of 2023 ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and should conclude at approximately 3:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

What about gowns for graduating seniors?

Gowns were distributed at the beginning of the academic year to members of the Class of 2023 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.

Will special items be available for purchase during Commencement?

Class of 2023 t-shirts with the names of seniors on the back will be available for sale, along with flowers and teddy bears, just outside 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 2023 Commencement, the College will be providing shuttle vans to and from Scot Center on Saturday, May 13. 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 10:00 a.m., with a final run to campus at 12:30 p.m. Return shuttle vans to each designated location will depart from Scot Center at half-hour intervals from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Guests will be dropped off and/or picked up at Scot Center. (Please note: the shuttle vans are not available on Friday, May 12 or Sunday, May 14.)

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 Saturday, May 13, courtesy golf carts and drivers will be available beginning at 10:00 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 5:30 p.m.

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

During Baccalaureate and the Commencement Concert, 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 Saturday, May 13, individuals using wheelchairs can find seating in the front row of Gault Recreation Center inside Scot Center. Ushers will be available to assist. Elevators are available in the building.

If you have further questions about Commencement Weekend 2023, please send your question(s) to: commencement@wooster.edu.