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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if there is inclement weather?

Weather permitting, the ceremony is held on Hartman Green in the center of campus. Should we have inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC). Updated information can be found on the day of the ceremony by checking the College website or by calling 717-291-3848.

Do we need tickets for the Ceremony?

No, tickets are not required, and there is no limit to the number of seats available for families for the ceremony even if it is held inside, but we do recommend that you arrive early to find your seats.

Can the Commencement ceremony be viewed at other locations on campus?

The Ceremony will be webcast live at the following locations: Bonchek Lecture Hall in Barshinger Life Science & Philosophy Building, The Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium, and in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall. These spaces are air-conditioned, but only the Bonchek Lecture Hall and Stahr Auditorium are handicapped accessible. View our Commencement Parking Map for these locations.

Where do I park the day of the Ceremony?

There are multiple parking lots available during the weekend.  Signage will be visible along Harrisburg Avenue, and we will also be using remote parking on the North Campus, with shuttle service to campus.  Appropriate signage will indicate these options, which are also marked on the map below:

Is there special parking and seating for handicapped guests?

Yes, there is a convenient drop-off location, and special parking and seating for handicapped guests. If you or a guest require special accommodations, please contact Carole D'Ettorre in the College Advancement Office at or at (717) 358-5916. She can assist in arranging for special accommodations.

What is the Baccalaureate Service?

Each year, members of the senior class put together a program for the Baccalaureate Service.  It is a lively event that celebrates the time the class spent at Franklin & Marshall.  All graduates, their families and friends, and all members of the Franklin & Marshall community are invited to attend. It will take place on Friday, May 9 and 4:30 p.m. 

Can we stay overnight on campus?

The College is making space available in the residence halls for parents and guests.  Rooms will be available Friday, May 9, with check-in at Old Main, room 101-B from 11:00 a.m. until 4 p.m., and checkout by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. If you arrive after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, please notify Lori Foust at so that your key packet can be taken to the Office of Public Safety off Race Avenue for pick up.  Room rates are $25 per person for double occupancy and $30 per person for single occupancy.  Bed linens are provided but towels will not be available. The reservations form should be completed and returned with checks payable to Franklin & Marshall College by May 1, 2014.

While parents and guests often enjoy this opportunity to be "in residence," please understand that residence halls do not offer private and personal accommodations.  For those uncomfortable with a group living environment, we recommend making off-campus arrangements.

How can I locate a list of local overnight accommodations and restaurants?

A list of local restaurants and overnight accommodations is available at

What should I do about lost and found items?

Lost and found items will be held at the Information Desk in the Steinman College Center.

How and when can we order graduation announcements?

Graduation announcements, as well as many other graduation items including diploma frames, can be ordered at

Is there an F&M diploma display frame that we can purchase as a gift for our graduate?

College partners with Diploma Display, an outside vendor, from whom you can purchase diploma display frames. Diploma frames are available for purchase at the Franklin & Marshall Bookstore, or on the Bookstore website,

How and when does my student order his/her cap and gown?

Caps and gowns must be pre-ordered at from Feb. 17, 2014 to March 1, 2014. The bookstore will send notice to seniors to begin ordering and also many reminders. Payment of $51.98 is due when the caps and gowns arrive in mid-April. Students will be notified when the caps and gowns are available for pick up at the bookstore. Caps and gowns will be available for purchase through May 10, 2014.