Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement

Congratulations on the upcoming completion of your studies at Bloomsburg University. All the information you will need for this important day is listed below.

Clear Bag Guidelines

To help provide a safer environment for students, family members, and guests and to expedite entry into facilities during large events, BU has implemented safety guidelines that limit the size and type of bag that may be brought into its facilities.

Gates will open one (1) hour prior to the start of the ceremony

Traffic Detour

Due to the installation of a new pedestrian footbridge over Lightstreet Road, PA-Route 487, a detour will be in effect for those traveling from the south to campus via Route 11 (Main Street). There will be two ways to reach the Upper Campus.

  • The first has traffic turning right at the light by the Town Hall, remaining on Route 11, heading along the river several miles and then turning left onto Central Road and continuing to the intersection of Central Road and PA-487 adjacent to I-80. Turn left onto Route 487 at the intersection with Central Road and proceed approximately two miles to the campus entrance.
  • The second route is to follow East 2nd Street to Penn Street. Turn right on Penn and then left back onto East 2nd Street. Follow East 2nd Street to Chesnut and turn left. Then right on Swisher Circle to the light. Follow Country Club Road to Upper Campus. Redman Stadium is located on the Upper Campus.

Police officers will be in place directing travelers to parking areas. There are parking lots on both the upper and lower campus. Shuttle buses will be operating taking guests to and from Redman Stadium. Please note the clear bag policy above. Guests will not be permitted into Redman Stadium with non-approved bags.

Weather Conditions

Commencement is a rain or shine event. If the weather is a concern, the university may decide to delay the ceremonies or move them to Sunday, May 12. You will be notified of a change; otherwise, the ceremonies will continue as planned.

Spring Commencement

Graduation Coordinator

Melissa Buck, gradquestions@bloomu.edu
150 SSC, 570-389-5046

Graduation Live Stream

Graduation Livestream

You can select the buttons at any time to launch the player. The video feed will go live 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Within an hour after each ceremony, it will become available for on demand playback via the same button.

Graduate Ceremony, Friday, May 10

6 p.m. - College of Graduate Studies

Graduate commencement to confer master's and doctorate degrees will be held in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.

Cap, Gown, Tassel and Hood— Each master’s or doctoral participant must be attired in an academic robe, matching cap, and carrying your hood over your left arm. A predesignated faculty member will hood you on stage. Academic attire must be purchased online. The option to have your regalia shipped will be available when you place your order.

Undergraduate Ceremony, Saturday, May 11

Gates open one (1) hour prior to the event

10 a.m. - College of Education and College of Liberal Arts

3 p.m. - Zeigler College of Business and College of Science and Technology

Undergraduate commencement to confer bachelor's degrees will be held in Redman Stadium

Academic Honors — Honors for undergraduate commencement are based on the cumulative grade point average for the semester prior to the spring. Honors for the diploma and final transcript are based on the cumulative grade point average, including the spring semester. A minimum of 45 credits must be earned in residence at BU as of the next-to-last semester in order to qualify for honors at the ceremony.

Honors are as follows: Cum Laude, 3.50 to 3.74; Magna Cum Laude, 3.75 to 3.94; and Summa Cum Laude, 3.95 to 4.00.

Graduation Verification Session — Any undergraduate student who was “Approved” for graduation should plan to attend the Graduation Verification Session on April 9 or April 10, 11 am to 6 pm, in the Student Services Center lobby. This is a drop in session.

Graduating students can verify their graduation information and obtain their name card and honor cord if eligible.If you cannot attend, please contact gradquestions@bloomu.edu to make other arrangements.

Cap, Gown, and Tassel — Undergraduate academic regalia consists of black gowns with wide, straight-edged sleeves and black mortarboard caps with maroon and gold tassels. The tassel is worn on the right side of the cap until the degree has been awarded. The uniform of the armed forces is the only other apparel officially recognized and permitted. Academic regalia must be purchased online. The option to have your regalia shipped will be available when you place your order.


After Graduation

Awarding of Degrees

Following the commencement ceremony and/or the last day of your graduation term several checks occur before you are officially graduated from the University.

  • Once grades are posted, the Office of the Registrar completes a final review of each graduating student's general education requirements and other degree requirements
  • After this is complete, the Office of the Registrar will confer your degree.
  • If there are concerns with your degree requirements you will be notified.

This process may take up to six weeks to complete. Once conferred, your degree will appear on your unofficial transcript within MyHusky and on your official transcripts.

Teacher Certification

Graduates may contact Angela McCabe, teacher certification coordinator, for assistance with the online application process. Anticipated processing time for applications on campus is two weeks and six to eight weeks in Harrisburg. For more on certification and required testing:


Requests for Official Transcripts must be processed from your MyHusky account, under other academic, choose "Transcript: Request Official." There is no fee for this service and all transcripts must be mailed.

Student Voter Registration Cancellation

If you are currently registered to vote in Columbia County and know that you will be moving from the area after graduation, you must cancel your registration in Columbia County and re-register at your new address. The appropriate form is available in local libraries and post offices.

Welcome to the Alumni Association

We're all Huskies for life! Please take a moment to see all of the events and activities you can enjoy as an alumnus. Update your alumni record to receive the latest university updates and access to all of the opportunities for alumni!

Graduates like you play a unique and valuable role in the Alumni Association’s effort to support the university and current students. Becoming an active member of the Alumni Association is also a great way to stay connected with friends after graduation.