Commencement Weekend

Ceremonies moved inside


May Day Ceremony, Saturday, May 7

The ceremony and Maypole dance will be on Centennial Hall lawn, at 1:30 p.m.

A buffet luncheon will be available in Marbeck Center for alumni, family and friends through 1940-1990s. A picnic lunch will be available inside Burcky gym for alumni, family and friends of classes 2000-15; and for 2016 graduates, their families and current students . Students with a meal plan can use their student I. D. card to pay for the meal >>> May Day schedule

Commencement , Sunday, May 8

Sommer Center's doors will open at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday and seats will be first-come, first-served, just like the stadium seating.  To help all families enjoy this special day, please keep in mind that if, on average, each graduate has eight guests (some will have less and some will have more), Sommer Center will be approximately filled.  We look forward to an enjoyable and ceremonial event that will not be impacted by the weather.

Special-needs seating will still be available for those who requested it.  Guests with special-needs drop-off passes can be driven to  the Sommer Center entrance (via the visitor parking lot) and then cars can be parked in any available lot (including the large Bentley Road parking lot if necessary). In the Sommer Center visitor lot, there are limited handicapped parking spots for those with handicapped parking placards. They will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At the conclusion of the event, graduates and faculty will recess out of the Sommer Center and to the Klassen Court and Burcky Gym areas. This is where families and graduates can meet for photos and goodbyes to friends and faculty.


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May Day

May Day Dance

At Bluffton the May Day celebration represents the end of a school year for students, the beginning of a new chapter for seniors and the remembrance of times past for alumni. >>> more


2013 commencement speaker

Baccalaureate and commencement services will be held in Sommer Center. Speakers for 2016 will be announced.

Photos by USA Foto

Commencement 2012

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