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Commencement Information for Class of 2024

Commencement Information for Class of 2024

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Congratulations Class of 2024!

Chestnut Hill College's 97th Annual Commencement is right around the corner and we want all of our Griffins to be prepared for their special day as well as events leading up to Commencement. Below you will find more information on the Commencement ceremonies, additional events celebrating our graduating classes, and resources/FAQs about the graduation process. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email Terry Trainer (trainert@chc.edu).

97th Annual Commencement for the Class of 2024

Chestnut Hill College will celebrate its 97th Annual Commencement for the School of Undergraduate Studies and Accelerated Adult Degree Program on Saturday, May 11th at 10:30 AM with a procession (graduates report by 9:30, procession begins at 10:30, and ceremony begins at 11 AM). Each graduating senior in the School of Undergraduate Studies and Accelerated Adult Degree Program is guaranteed two (2) graduation tickets to the main graduation venue—Sorgenti Arena for the Commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 11th. Students will also receive two (2) additional viewing guest tickets for one of the campus viewing locations, to be announced closer to graduation date. In addition, the entire Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed via YouTube and the College website. 

The School of Graduate Studies will confer degrees to Master's and PsyD graduates at a separate Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 9th at 3 PM preceded by a reception at 1 PM, open to graduates and their families. Students in the School of Graduate Studies will receive three (3) guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony held on Thursday, May 9th. In addition, the entire Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. Students will also receive two (2) additional viewing guest tickets for one of the campus viewing locations, to be announced closer to graduation date. In addition, the entire Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed via YouTube and the College website. 

 

 

We are looking forward to celebrating the remarkable achievements of all of those in the Class of 2024! 

*The Class of 2024 includes all graduates who graduated in the following months: August 2023, December 2023, and May 2024. 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, March 11th - Last day for ALL students to order caps and gowns for free on-campus pickup at Grad Finale.
  • Wednesday, March 13th - Senior Portraits for Students in the School of Undergraduate Studies (9AM - 5PM). Please check your email for more information. Click here to sign up for your portraits.
  • Wednesday, March 20th & Thursday, March 21st - Senior Portraits for Students in the Accelerated Adult Degree Program (4PM - 8PM). Please check your email for more information. 
  • Thursday, April 11th - Last day for ALL students to order caps and gowns for ship-to-home (you will need to pay the cost of shipping).

Additional Commencement-Related Events for the Class of 2024

Open to ALL Students

Grad Finale

Students in all three schools (SUS, AADP, and SGS) are invited to participate in Grad Finale, your one-stop-shop for all things Commencement! At Grad Finale you will be able to pick up your regalia, obtain your tickets, take a LinkedIn headshot, and more! Grad Finale will be on Thursday, April 18th

SUS graduates can come anytime between 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. SGS and AADP students can come anytime between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

Baccalaureate Prayer Service

Students in all three schools (SUS, AADP, and SGS) are invited to participate in the Baccalaureate Prayer Service on Friday, May 10th at 5:30 PM.

 

Open to Students in SUS and AADP

Kente Cloth Ceremony

Students in the School of Undergraduate Studies & Accelerated Adult Degree Program (AADP) are invited to participate in the Annual Kente Cloth Ceremony on May 10th at 3:00 PM 

 

Open to SUS Students

Senior Dinner

Students in the School of Undergraduate Studies are invited to participate in Senior Dinner on Wednesday, May 8th. Cocktail hour begins at 6PM in the Garden of Forgiveness with a seated dinner to follow in the Rotunda at 7PM. 

Senior Send-Off Brunch

Thursday, May 9th at 11AM. More information to come.

Senior Happy Hour

Thursday, May 9th at 7PM. More information to come.

Send-Off BBQ

Friday, May 10th at 12PM. More information to come.

 

FAQs

How Can I Order My Cap and Gown?
To order your caps and gowns, please click this link www.herffjones.com/college/chc. Ordering your cap and gown will ensure that we have the right size and appropriate hood available at the Grad Finale on April 18, 2024. You can also purchase class rings and diploma frames through this site. The deadline to order caps and gowns for on-campus pick up at Grad Finale is Monday, March 11, 2024. This option includes free shipping. Payment plans are also available through the site. 
 
If you have any specific questions relating to caps and gowns, please reach out to the Bookstore directly at jwaring@bncollege.com or bookstore@chc.edu.  
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Where Can I Pick Up My Cap and Gown?

You will pick up your cap and gown at Grad Finale on Thursday, April 18th. Order your cap and gown before Monday, March 11, 2024, for FREE Shipping. 

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How Many Tickets Will I Receive for Graduation?

Each graduating senior in the School of Undergraduate Studies and Accelerated Adult Degree Program is guaranteed two (2) graduation tickets to the main graduation venue—Sorgenti Arena for the Commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 11th. In addition, the entire Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. Also, students will receive two (2) additional viewing guest tickets for one of the campus viewing locations. 

Students in the School of Graduate Studies will receive three (3) guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony held on Thursday, May 9th. 

All tickets will be distributed at the Grad Finale on Thursday, April 18th.

As it relates to the additional tickets, we do not currently have any extra tickets available. However, we are accepting names for a waitlist in the event that additional tickets become available. If so, we will randomly select students from the waitlist to receive an additional ticket. 

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Where Can I Park When I Attend the Commencement Ceremony?

Parking is very limited. Several lots are designated exclusively for handicapped guests, faculty, and resident seniors whose vehicles remain on campus overnight. Remaining spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All overflow parking will be accommodated at our SugarLoaf Campus (corner of Germantown Avenue & Bells Mill Road). Shuttle service will be provided to and from SugarLoaf. Parking attendants will be on-site to direct cars to appropriate parking lots. We recommend arriving early knowing that you may not find parking on the Main Campus and that shuttling from an off-campus lot may take between 45-60 additional minutes because of the anticipated crowds and traffic. Please see https://www.chc.edu/about-chc/maps for more details about parking and getting to campus.  

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Who Do I Contact if I Need to Make an Accommodation Request Related to a Disability?

For questions regarding an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact Terry Trainer at 

 or 215-248-7008. 

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Is There Anything I Am Not Allowed to Have in and Around Sorgenti Arena?

Please be advised that the following items are not permitted in the graduation arena: balloons, strollers, air horns or other noisemakers, glass bottles and containers (including vases), laser pointers or other disruptive items, coolers, signs, banners, sticks or poles, mace or similar substances, animals, except services animals, weapons, including but not limited to: firearms and knives, and alcohol. 

Additionally, graduates and guests may be asked to comply with a visual inspection of persons, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items. Your cooperation in creating a safe environment for all is appreciated. 

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Can I Smoke On or Around Campus?

No, we are a tobacco-free campus; this includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and vaping devices. This includes parking lots, on or around the soccer field, and tennis courts. 

Additionally, graduates and guests may be asked to comply with a visual inspection of persons, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items. Your cooperation in creating a safe environment for all is appreciated. 

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Who Do I Contact if I Have Additional Questions?

For additional questions, please contact Terry Trainer at 

 or 215-248-7008. 

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2024 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

Check back soon for more information!