Please note that additional, detailed information will be provided in early February 2020, and this section will be updated accordingly. 


Do we need tickets for the Ceremony?

Yes, tickets are required.  The ceremony will take place in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC).  Doors will open at 8:30 am.  Additional ticketing information will be provided here in January.


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. 


Can I watch the ceremony online?

Yes, the ceremony will be broadcast live through the College’s website ( That footage will also be available on-demand for a limited time following the day of the event.

In addition, the ceremony will be simultaneously broadcast in various locations across campus.

Can we stay overnight on campus?

Yes, the College will be making space available in a residence hall for parents and guests.  Rooms will be available Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16. 

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 Dining and Staying in Lancaster.  If making reservations for lunch following the ceremony, we recommend making your reservation for 1:30 pm and later, so that the graduates and families can enjoy the post commencement reception.


What should I do about lost and found items?

Lost and found items will be held in two locations: The Information Desk in the Steinman College Center and the Information Desk at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.


How can we order graduation announcements?

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


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

Yes.  The 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  Once ordering dates are finalized, the Bookstore will send notice to seniors to begin ordering as well as many reminders.  Payment of $56.98 + tax will be 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.  In the event students do not pre-order, there will be a limited quantity of caps and gowns available for purchase at the Bookstore through May 16, 2020.


How do I capture the Moment?

There will be a designated photo area to the left of the stage.  Signage will mark the location.  In addition, Commencement photographs can be purchased from GradImages.  All students who participate in Commencement will receive an email from GradImages with instructions on how to order photographs.  This email will be sent to the student’s F&M email account.


Will there be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for the ceremony?

Yes, there will be an American Sign Language interpreter on stage for the commencement ceremony.


Will the Franklin & Marshall College Bookstore be open? 

Yes, the Bookstore will be open on Friday, May 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 16th the Bookstore will be open 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and will also have an assortment of merchandise available for sale at the ceremony.