The 149th Wilson College


Sunday, May 19, 2019
  10:00 a.m.


*Students: Please see the list of links labeled "Things to Do" on the right side of this page for all your Commencement needs. If you have any questions, contact Robin Herring at

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 17, 2019

4:00 p.m.     Commencement Rehearsal - Main Green

5:00 p.m.     "Ring It Forward" Ceremony - Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall

5:30 p.m.     Senior Bash/Picnic - Laird Hall Green


Saturday, May 18, 2019

3:00 p.m.     Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony - Lenfest Learning Commons, John Stewart Memorial Library

4:00 p.m.     Assembly of Graduating Class - Laird Patio

4:30 p.m.     Baccalaureate Ceremony - Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall

5:30 p.m.     Senior Class Exercise/Passing of Colors and Senior Book/Daisy Chain - Banks of the Conococheague


Sunday, May 19, 2019

7:30 a.m.     Breakfast - Jensen Dining Hall

8:00 a.m.     Posed Portraits - 1st Floor Lounge, Lenfest Commons

Robing for Commencement

9:00 a.m.     Faculty Photo - Front of Library (if rain - Edgar Hall)

9:00 a.m.     Graduates Line Up - Front of Warfield Hall (if rain - under esplanade)

9:00 a.m.     Trustees Line Up - Norland Parlor

9:15 a.m.     Faculty Line Up - Front of Library (if rain - Edgar Hall)

9:15 a.m.     Blue and Silver Line Up - Edgar Hall porch (if rain - under esplanade)

9:45 a.m.     Processional Begins - Main Green (if rain - Laird Hall)

10:00 a.m.    Commencement Ceremony - Main Green (if rain - Laird Hall)

Reception in John Stewart Memorial Library following Commencement

12:30 p.m.    Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony - Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Guest Speaker

The guest speaker for the 148th annual Wilson College Commencement will be: TBD

Baccalaureate Service


The 2019 Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, May 18; 4:30 p.m.

Alumnae Chapel in Thompson Hall




The Baccalaureate Worship Service is an opportunity to gather as community and give thanks to God for the many blessing that have lead us to this special occasion. A joyous occasion for the entire College community, it is a time to rejoice, to praise, to honor and to celebrate with each other this rich life of learning shared by all members of the Wilson community. Everyone is welcome. Faculty and students process in cap and gown for the service.

Wilson College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and all services are ecumenical in nature.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Williams, VP of Student Development at (717) 264-4141 x3273 or

Senior Class Exercises

Saturday, May 18, 2019; 5:30 p.m.


Passing of Colors & Senior Book, Daisy Chain

Banks of the Conococheague Creek

Graduation Pledge Alliance

Wilson College has been a chapter member of the Graduation Pledge Alliance since 2008. The mission of the Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is to build a global community of responsible graduates improving society and the environment through the workplace. GPA works to help realize a world where every graduate, through the workplace, is an effective leader for social and environmental improvement.

 Click here to take the Pledge now!

Taking the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states:

“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

For more information, contact Christine Mayer, Director for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

Buffet Breakfast


Local Accommodations and Other Amenities

For information about local lodging and accomodations, shopping, restaurants, churches, and healthcare go to the Visit Wilson section of the website and click on the labeled tabs.

Photographer Information

Posed Portraits

Posed portraits of graduates are available upon request. Contact Lorie Helman, Student Development at 717-262-2614 or for more details or to arrange a sitting.

8:00 a.m. till 9:00 a.m. in Lenfest Commons, follow signs

Graduation Ceremony Photographs

Photos of the ceremony and all graduates are taken as they receive their diplomas, and will be available for viewing through the link below within one week of the graduation ceremony.


password: Wilson

Flowers and Bouquets

Fresh flowers and several sizes of bouquets will be available for purchase before the commencement program begins. This service is provided for your convenience through Plasterer's Florists and will be located in front of Lenfest Commons.

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