Class of 2020—Commencement & Celebration Weekend September 17-19, 2021

We are excited to welcome you back to campus in September for a Commencement unlike any other in Dickinson’s history. You bring with you a year of experiences in the wider world. You now have a greater understanding for how your Dickinson education prepared you to excel beyond our limestone walls, and many of you have already began to make a difference in your new communities. And so we will cherish this unique opportunity to reflect on your time at Dickinson, celebrate your accomplishments and re-connect as Dickinsonians.

Please remember that Dickinson has made a lifelong commitment to each of our graduates. I hope the class of 2020 will be active in the worldwide Dickinson community, and I look forward to engaging with our young alumni.

On behalf of the entire Dickinson community, let me be the first to welcome you to our celebration of the class of 2020.

John E. Jones III '77, P'11
Interim President

Schedule & Registration

A full and finalized schedule of events for the weekend will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, below is a list of the events for your class. We will share additional details as soon as they are available. Registration will begin in early August.


  • Happy Hour and Late-Night Specials at local restaurants
  • 9 p.m. Champagne Toast


  • 10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony
  • All-Campus Barbecue and Tailgate at Biddle Field
  • Pints with Profs at Biddle Field
  • Class of 2020 Recognition (halftime of the football game)
  • 8-11 p.m. Class of 2020 Grad-night Party


  • Class of 2020 Brunch

Overnight Accommodations

Given concerns about overnight accommodations being available in the area, we have secured two hotel blocks for your class with discounted rates:

MainStay Suites
1405 Dennison Circle
Carlisle, PA
$129 per night
Reservations can be made here.

La Quinta By Wyndham—Mechanicsburg
350 Bent Creek Blvd Mechanicsburg, PA
$99-119 per night
To make a reservation, call 717-790-1520 and ask for the Dickinson College Room Block.

Safety Shuttle

Based off suggestions, we have arranged access to the safety shuttle through DPS. Shuttles will be available to and from locations within Carlisle and the La Quinta by contacting DPS during the following times: Friday, Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Sept. 18 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Ceremony & Regalia

The Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Family and guests are welcome to attend. Currently, and unless there are any significant changes in state health regulations, we are not limiting the number of guests per graduate. We anticipate the ceremony will last about 90 minutes. For those of you who completed the Life Beyond the Limestone Survey, you had the option of having your regalia (caps, tassels, gowns and hoods) shipped to you or held on campus. Those that received them in the mail, please remember to bring them with you! For those who had them held on campus, they will be available for pick up free of charge at the bookstore. If you did not complete the survey, you will be able to purchase ($45) your regalia at the bookstore. Regalia must be worn to participate in the ceremony. The bookstore will be open on Friday, August 24, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 25. If you have any questions about regalia, you may contact the bookstore at or 1-800-582-5436.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Lisa Sherman ’79, president & CEO of the Ad Council and Dickinson trustee, will address graduates and receive a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree. Michael B. Moore, vice president and diversity and inclusion officer at Blackbaud and founding CEO of the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, will receive a Doctor of Public History honorary degree.

Health & Safety

At this time, guests will no longer be required to keep a physical distance on campus, and COVID capacity limits have be lifted for events. All guests who are fully vaccinated may go without a mask on campus, inside and outside. Masks are required inside campus facilities for any guest who is unvaccinated for COVID-19. We thank you for your cooperation.

Class of 2020 Ceremony Program Order Form

Class of 2020 Ceremony Program Order Form

A program for the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony is online to view or print at home. You may also order copies of the program below to be printed and mailed to you. Orders will be taken until Friday, October 1, and mailed later in October.



May 20-22

Commencement weekend includes many treasured Dickinson traditions and celebrates the accomplishments of the Class of 2022. The weekend will kick-off with a champagne toast on Friday evening, Baccalaureate on Saturday afternoon and the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday morning.

More information will be available in the coming months. As you move forward with plans for your travel arrangements and accommodations, here is a list of hotels that we recommend.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the fall, and to celebrating all that the members of the class of 2022 have accomplished!

Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations

As you plan your at-home celebrations, we have pulled together fun and festive party printables from personalized yard signs and banners to candy wrappers and graduate advice cards.

The college bookstore offers a variety of options for your graduate, including announcementsyard signsdiploma frames, class rings or special gifts like a Dickinson chair. Items can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-582-5436, or by visiting the store during the Graduate Recognition Ceremonies.