Commencement at Albright College

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159th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on Science Field.

Please look for updated information in November 2017.


Baccalaureate and Commencement – May 20-21, 2017

Welcome to Albright College’s 158th Commencement!

The Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony are the culmination of the Albright experience for students of the College.  We look forward to honoring the many successes of our traditional day, accelerated degree, and graduate students.  We wish all of our graduates much success and all the best in their future endeavors.  Please join us for the following events:

  • Baccalaureate: Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m., Merner-Pfeiffer-Klein Memorial Chapel
  • Commencement: Sunday, May 21, 10 a.m., Science Field

I hope students, faculty and staff, families and friends, and guests will find this website helpful and informative.  I also hope you will find all the answers to your questions on this website.  Should you have any additional questions, need clarification on information, or would like to speak to someone in the Commencement Office, please contact us at 610.921.7575 or via email at commencement@albright.edu.

We’re adding and updating information frequently, so please check back often.  On behalf of all of us at Albright College, congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Regards,

Kathy L. Cafoncelli
Director of Commencement


LexDear members of the Class of 2017:First and foremost, congratulations! Commencement is just around the corner, which means the next phase of your life is about to begin.

Your graduation elicits mixed feelings in those of us at the College. While we will be sad to see you go, we are excited to welcome you to the community of Albright alumni who are making a difference in their professions, their disciplines, and their communities. The world needs more men and women with your skills and values, and I have no doubt that you will hit the ground running.

Of course, that will come in due time. First, you have a semester to complete, followed by a weekend full of ceremonies to enjoy. The Baccalaureate ceremony offers us a chance to gather as a community and reflect on your time here at Albright. It is a moving and poignant event, and I encourage you to attend.

Commencement itself is steeped in symbolism, beauty, legacy, and optimism. It is both a celebration of your academic achievements and a reminder of your newfound responsibilities – to yourself and our society – as you leave Albright. I encourage you to savor the entire ceremony and use it as an opportunity to take pride in what you have accomplished and to challenge yourself to reach even higher going forward.

The faculty, staff, and trustees are all looking forward to joining you for all of the Commencement weekend activities on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. I join them in their anticipation and am delighted to have the privilege and honor of presiding at your Commencement ceremony. It will be a pleasure to shake your hand, congratulate you, and wish you well. With all good wishes, I am

Sincerely yours,

Lex O. McMillan III
President

Baccalaureate, May 20, 2017, 4 pm
Speaker:  Lex O McMillan, III

Commencement, May 21, 2017, 10 am 
Speaker:  K. Neil Van Dine’88

 

  • Commencement Speaker: : K. Neil Van Dine ’88, Founder/Country Director, Haiti Outreach, Inc.
  • Receiving honorary degrees:
    • K. Neil Van Dine ’88 (Commencement Speaker)
    • Karen A. Rightmire ’69, Trustee Emerita and President of the Wyomissing Foundation
    • Dr. Sun Hye Hwang, Past President, Sookmyung Women’s University, South Korea
    • Bishop Stephen Gill Spottswood (posthumously), Schuylkill College, class of 1917

Honoris Causa (trans. “for the sake of honor”)
An honorary degree is conferred in recognition of exemplary scholarship, outstanding creative achievement, or distinguished public service. The credentials of candidates are reviewed by a special committee whose recommendations are approved by the faculty and trustees of the College.

Honorary degrees have been awarded by American institutions of higher learning since Harvard conferred the doctor of sacred theology on its president, Increase Mather, in 1692. Most honorary degrees take the form of doctorates, for example, doctor of laws, humane letters, divinity, science, literature, letters or music.

Albright College has conferred honorary degrees upon notable individuals including Nobel Prize winner Phillip Sharp; novelist and Reading native John Updike; pianist André Watts; children’s activist Marian Wright Edelman; African writer and prisoner of conscience Ngugi wa Thiong’o; author and conservationist Jane Goodall; poet and author Maya Angelou; Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and the First Lady of Pennsylvania, the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell; Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace laureate and former president of Costa Rica; author Kathleen Norris; and human rights activist John Prendergast. We are proud to welcome today’s honorees into this society of outstanding individuals.

From the Student Accounts Office:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!  It is important to be aware that in addition to the academic requirements, the student should verify their student account is in good standing with the College by reviewing their account via LionPay or checking with the Student Accounts Office located in the Student Services Center across from Sylvan Pond.

Additional information can be found here.

Order your cap and gown or stay up to date with announcements here.

Saturday, May 20
2:00 p.m. Mandatory Practice Line-up for all Graduates (Campus Center Main Lounge)
2:30 p.m. Doors open to Memorial Chapel—begin seating guests
3:15 p.m. Faculty Robing for Baccalaureate
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service (Memorial Chapel)
– Baccalaureate Speaker: Lex O. McMillan III, 14th President of Albright College


Jacob Albright Society (by invitation only)
5:30 p.m. Jacob Albright Scholars Lifetime Induction Dinner & Ceremony (Dining Hall)


Sunday, May 21
7:30 a.m.         Seating area on Science Field opens to guests
8:45 a.m.        Robing for Commencement
10:00 a.m.     Commencement Ceremony (Science Field)
                           Traditional undergraduate, ADP, and graduate students

    • Commencement Speaker: K. Neil Van Dine ’88, Founder and Country Director, Haiti Outreach, Inc.
    • Receiving honorary degrees:
      • K. Neil Van Dine ’88 – Commencement Speaker
      • Dr. Sun Hye Hwang, Past President, Sookmyung Women’s University, South Korea
      • Karen A. Rightmire ’69, Trustee Emerita and President of the Wyomissing Foundation
      • Bishop Stephen Gill Spottswood, class of 1917, Past Chairman, NAACP  (posthumous degree)

Lunch/Reception Events on Commencement Day 
President’s Luncheon
12:30 p.m. (time approx.)     President’s Private Lunch (Center for the Arts, Roop Hall—by invitation only)

ALL Graduates Light Fare Reception (Campus Center Dining Hall—tickets not required)
12:30 p.m. (time approx.)     There will be a Light fare Reception for ALL graduates and their families in the Campus Center Dining Hall. This Reception is hosted by the Albright Faculty and signs will be posted for the graduates and their families to gather by traditional day academic disciplines, ADP, and graduate program.  All faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend to say farewell to the Class of 2017.

Note:  6:00am deadline for decision on moving Commencement from Science Field to the Bollman Gym due to severe and dangerous weather—decision will be announced by 7am.  If moved to Bollman Gym the ceremony will be abbreviated and diplomas distributed.

Baccalaureate is an inter-faith religious service that begins the commencement weekend activities for our graduates and their families.  Although optional, this event is attended by many graduates, their families, and friends.  The ceremony takes less than one hour in total.

Baccalaureate takes place on Saturday afternoon of Commencement weekend at 4:00 p.m. in Merner-Pfeiffer-Klein Memorial Chapel.  Students do not wear caps and gowns at Baccalaureate.  The Faculty wear academic regalia and will process into the Chapel.  Other College staff may choose to sit with the families and friends of graduates.  Seating is limited.  Plan to arrive early as seats fill quickly.

TICKETS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR BACCALAUREATE SERVICE.  We ask that all students, families and friends be in their seats no later than 3:45 p.m. and the service will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.   Doors to Memorial Chapel will open at 2:30 p.m.

We will have a live video feed of the Baccalaureate Service in the Science Center Lecture Hall.  This live streaming is available for overflow seating.  If guests arrive after the ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m., they will be directed to view the ceremony from the Science Center Lecture Hall.

Please note a few key items:

  • COMMENCEMENT DAY SEATING:  Guests will be allowed to enter the seating area on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Seating prior to 7:30 a.m. is not permitted.  We ask that you PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE SEATS.  Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • We will have a live video feed of the Commencement Service in Memorial Chapel.
  • FLOWERS:  For our guests’ convenience, family and friends may purchase flowers for graduates on Commencement day on Science Field on the Palm Street side of Teel Hall.  Bouquet prices will range from $20 to $30; cash, check, and major credit cards will be accepted.  The on-site sale will continue while supplies last.  Guests who would like to place advance orders for flowers (which would be pre-purchased and available for pick up on Commencement day) may visit www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/albright.
  • ALBRIGHT ON-SITE RETAIL STORE:  Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, on Science Field on the Palm Street side of Teel Hall, there will be items for sale for your comfort and convenience during the Commencement ceremony.  Items for sale include:  water ($1.00/per bottle); ball caps; sunscreen; umbrellas; and various alumni items for you to purchase for your graduate.

Graduates,

Graduation ceremonies are fast-approaching!   The College views this as the most important day of the year and we all look forward to celebrating your accomplishments on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 10 am.  Below you will find information to help make Commencement a cherished and memorable experience for you, your family members, and guests.

Congratulations!

Kathy Cafoncelli ‘99
Director of Commencement


General Information

Tickets—traditional day students and graduate program:   Tickets are not required for Baccalaureate or Commencement.  Each graduate will be issued four (4) tickets for severe and dangerous weather IF the event is moved indoors to Bollman Gym.  Information on ticket distribution will be sent at a later date.     

Tickets—ADP students:   Tickets are not required for Baccalaureate or Commencement.  Each graduate will be issued four (4) tickets for severe and dangerous weather IF the ceremony is moved indoors to the Bollman Gym.  Tickets for the Bollman Gym event will be mailed to your home.    

Caps and Gowns—traditional day students and graduate program:  the last day to order is March 14.  

Caps and Gowns—ADP students:  Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up at the Albright College Bookstore during the Cohort Completion Dinner on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Should you be unable to pick-up your cap and gown that evening, please contact Diane Sheetz in the Bookstore via email at dsheetz@albright.edu as soon as possible to make other arrangements.

Social Media: Share Commencement photos, videos, memories and congratulations using #Albright2017. Join the conversation on Albright’s FacebookTwitterInstagram & Snapchat (@AlbrightCollege). And watch for a special Snapchat filter, available for Baccalaureate and Commencement.


Accessibility Needs 
If a member of a graduate’s family is in a wheelchair, has a hearing impairment, or requires impairment related accommodations on Commencement Day, please complete this form or contact the Office of Disability Services at 610-921-7503 to make arrangements.


Legacy Alumni Greetings
If someone in your immediate family and/or direct lineage (parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, children, and grandchildren) is an Albright alumnus/alumna and would like to greet you after you receive your diploma, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 610-921-7510 or alumni@albright.edu by Friday, May 5, 2017.


Severe and Dangerous Weather Plan
It is possible that Commencement could be delayed or canceled  due to severe and dangerous weather.  If the ceremony is canceled, degrees would be conferred and diplomas distributed indoors in Bollman Gym.  The appropriate staff at Albright College continually review and monitor weather. If the forecast is deemed unsafe due to severe weather (thunder and lighting, tornado watch, hurricane, etc.) the decision will be made at approximately 6 a.m. on the morning of Commencement and announced by 7 a.m. to the public.

If delayed or moved indoors, it will be communicated in several ways.

  • An email will be sent to Allnet for the faculty and staff.
  • An email will be sent to Students via your Albright email account.
  • An e2Campus text alert will be sent to all those registered.
  • The information will be posted to the Commencement website and on the homepage of the Albright website.

Please note:   If there is rain in the forecast with no thunder and lighting, the ceremony will proceed outdoors.  In that case, we ask that you dress and prepare accordingly.


Bookstore
Bookstore hours for Commencement Day, Sunday, May 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Attire
Commencement is a formal event. Dark slacks and dark shoes are recommended as the most appropriate with the academic costume for men. Women should wear dark shoes.

Flowers and decorative jewelry should not be attached to the academic gown. Please wear the cap properly, with the tassel on the right side of the cap until your degree has been conferred during Commencement.

Only authorized cords and stoles may be worn on the academic gown.

Processional
8:45 a.m. Sunday morning – Graduates report, with cap, gown and hood, to the Campus Center.  The Marshals will direct the formation of the line for the processional.  The order of march will be faculty, administrators, trustees, and platform party, who will form a double line through which the graduates will pass in M.A. alphabetical, M.S. alphabetical, B.A. alphabetical order, and B.S. alphabetical.

It is essential that you keep your place in line and remain in the order in which you are listed and announced to the President. This order is most important because your names will be called in alphabetical order when you are presented to Dr. McMillan for your diploma.

Graduates rise as complete rows at signal from one of the faculty marshals. Each graduate places hood over the right arm.

9:40 a.m. –  Processional begins – Follow the directions of marshals.  Remain standing for the “National Anthem” and “Invocation.”  Men remove their caps for the National Anthem, invocation prayer, benediction, and Alma Mater.

Conferring Degrees, Presentation of Diplomas
The method of conferring degrees and presentation of diplomas is as follows:

MASTER’S DEGREE

  1. Candidates for the M.A. and M.S. degrees will rise as a group when prompted: “President McMillan, it is my pleasure to present to you the members of the Class of 2017 who are candidates for the master’s degree. Having satisfied all of the requirements of our curriculum, these candidates are recommended to you by the faculty for the degree of master of arts and master of science.
  2. As soon as the President has conferred your degree upon you as a group, you will be instructed by the Marshals to proceed to the right side of the stage (as you face it) to be hooded and receive your diploma.
  3. When you reach the stage, pause for a moment while your name is being announced to the audience. You will then proceed to have your hood placed over your shoulders. Then proceed to the President. The President will hand you your diploma, which you will take in your left hand as you shake hands with your right.
  4. You will then continue across the stage and return to your seat following the Marshals’ directions. You may be seated immediately.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

  1. Candidates for the B.A. degree will rise as a group when the Provost says:  “Will the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts please rise?”  Your group will remain standing at your seats while the Provost recommends you to the President for your degree.
  2. As soon as President McMillan has conferred your degree upon you as a group, all will be seated.  Each row in your group will rise and proceed in alphabetical order to the right side of the platform (as you face it).  Keep at least three feet behind the person in front of you.
  3. When you reach the platform, pause at the top of the ramp for a moment while your name is being announced to the audience.  You will then proceed to a faculty member on the platform to have your hood put on.  Then proceed to the President. The President will then give you your diploma, which you will take in your left hand as you shake hands with your right.
  4. You will then continue across the platform and return to your seat following the Marshals’ directions.  You may be seated immediately.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

  1. Candidates for the B.S. degree will rise as a group when the Provost says:  “Will the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science please rise?”  Your group will remain standing at your seats while the Provost recommends you to the President for your degree.
  2. As soon as President McMillan has conferred your degree upon you as a group, all will be seated.  Each row in your group will rise and proceed in alphabetical order to the right side of the platform (as you face it).  Keep at least three feet behind the person in front of you.
  3. When you reach the platform, pause at the top of the ramp for a moment while your name is being announced to the audience.  You will then proceed to a faculty member on the platform to have your hood put on.  Then proceed to the President. The President will then give you your diploma, which you will take in your left hand as you shake hands with your right.
  4. You will then continue across the platform and return to your seat following the Marshals’ directions.  You may be seated immediately.

Once all degrees have been conferred, instructions will be delivered by the class officers to switch the tassel on the cap to the LEFT

The Recessional
Follow the instructions of the Marshals for the recessional.

Post-Commencement Reception (Approximately 12:30 p.m.)

Hosted by Albright Faculty for traditional day, ADP, and graduate students:
All graduates are invited to drop by the main Dining Hall to mix and mingle with faculty and staff before departing campus.  Signs will be posted for faculty and students to gather by traditional day academic disciplines, ADP, and graduate program.

Soft drinks and light reception fare will be available and tickets are not required.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Baccalaureate Service will be held in Memorial Chapel on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Faculty and administrators who plan on processing should report to the basement of Memorial Chapel for robing by 3:15 p.m.
  • The processional will begin at 3:50 p.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony for traditional day, Accelerated Degree Program, and graduate students will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. on Science Field.
  • Faculty and administrators should report to the Campus Center South Lounge for robing by 9:00 a.m.
  • The order of lineup for the processional will be faculty, administrators, trustees, and the platform party, who will form a double line through which the seniors will pass in M.A., M.S., B.A., and B.S., alphabetical order.
  • The processional will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m.
  • Please note:  If it is raining, the ceremony will be held outdoors on Science Field.   It is possible that Commencement could be delayed or canceled due to severe and dangerous weather—if canceled, we will move indoors to Bollman Gym where degrees will be conferred and diplomas distributed.  If so, notification will be provided as follows:
    • A voice message will be on your personal voicemail and also on The Albright College Weather and Emergency Hotline at 610-921-7800;
    • A message will be posted to the home page of the College’s website;
    • An email will be sent to all faculty, staff, and students,;
    • An e2-Campus message will be sent to all faculty, staff, and students; and
    • A message will be posted to Facebook and Twitter.
  • If you are planning on processing and need a robe, please contact Diane Sheetz at the Bookstore as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, May 7, 2017.
  • Celebrate the grads on social media! Share Commencement posts using #Albright2017 and join the conversation on Albright’s FacebookTwitterInstagram & Snapchat (@AlbrightCollege). Watch for a special Snapchat filter, available for Baccalaureate and Commencement.

BREAKFAST

  • Faculty and staff are invited to have breakfast in the Dining Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.  Tickets are not required, but you must sign in at the Dining Hall reception desk.

PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

  • On Sunday, May 21, all faculty and staff are requested to park in the Elite Sportswear parking lot on North 13th Street.  The lot is located just above the U.S. Post Office and is across from the Albright Woods Apartment Complex.  The Department of Public Safety will run a shuttle from the Elite Sportswear lot to campus every five minutes or so, from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING COMMENCEMENT (Approximately 12:30 p.m.)

Light Fare Reception Hosted by Albright Faculty for traditional day, ADP, and graduate students:

  • Faculty and staff are invited to join the graduates in the main Dining Hall to mix and mingle with our newest alumni and their families and say farewell before they depart campus.  Signs will be posted for faculty and students to gather by academic disciplines, ADP, and graduate program.  All faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome.  Tickets are not required.  Location:  Campus Center Dining Hall

Should you have any questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone in the president’s office.  Thank you for helping to make Commencement weekend special and memorable for all of our graduating students.

Dear Class of 2017 Parent, Spouse, Family Member, or Friend:

Commencement is the most important day in a student’s academic career, and all of us at Albright College want to make it a wonderful and memorable day.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m.
Our speaker is Lex O. McMillan, III, 14th President of Albright College.

The Commencement Ceremony will be held the following morning, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. on Science Field, rain or shine.
Our Commencement Speaker : K. Neil Van Dine ’88, Founder/Country Director, Haiti Outreach, Inc.

The following are several important pieces of information for you to consider:

  • Legacy Alumni Greetings:  If you are a graduate of the College and related to the 2017 graduate by immediate family or via direct lineage (parent, grandparent, child, brother, sister, spouse/partner), please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 610-921-7510 or alumni@albright.edu by Friday, May 7, 2017, if you would like the opportunity to greet your graduate as they walk off the stage on Commencement Day.
  • The Commencement ceremony takes place on Science Field rain or shine.  We encourage you to come prepared for weather conditions.  This means wearing appropriate attire for the temperature that day.  (The recorded historical temperatures for Reading, Pennsylvania, are a high of 95 degrees and a low of 37 degrees.) You might also consider the need for an umbrella, sunscreen, hat, etc.   If it is raining, the ceremony will be held outdoors on Science Field.   It is possible that Commencement could be delayed or canceled due to severe and dangerous weather.  If the ceremony is canceled, degrees would be conferred and diplomas distributed indoors in Bollman Gym.  If so, notification will be provided as follows:
    • A voice message will be on The Albright College Weather and Emergency Hotline at 610-921-7800;
    • A message will be posted to the home page of the College’s website;
    • An email will be sent to all faculty, staff, and students,;
    • An e2-Campus message will be sent to all faculty, staff, and students; and
    • A message will be posted to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate or Commencement ceremony.
  • All graduates will receive 4 tickets for Bollman Gym in the event we move indoors due to severe and dangerous weather.
  • Celebrate the grads on social media! Share Commencement posts using #Albright2017 and join the conversation on Albright’s FacebookTwitterInstagram & Snapchat (@AlbrightCollege). Watch for a special Snapchat filter, available for Baccalaureate and Commencement.

If you have questions, please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@albright.edu or via phone at 610-921-7575.

Thank you for helping to make our Commencement a safe and memorable day for our graduates, families, and friends.  I look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments with you on May 21.

Sincerely,

Kathy L. Cafoncelli ’99
Director of Commencement

For directions, parking, and maps of campus, visit our directions and parking page.

Accessibility Needs

If a member of a graduate’s family is in a wheelchair, has a hearing impairment, or requires impairment related accommodations on Commencement Day, please complete this form or contact the Office of Disability Services at disabilityservices@albright.edu or 610-929-6639 to make arrangements.

If a guest is assigned seating in the Accessible Seating Section, the guest’s name and his or her companion (one companion per guest) will be on the Accessible Seating list with the Ushers. The guest will be shown to the Accessible Seating section.  Pets are not permitted, but service animals are allowed in accordance with ADA requirements.

Parking
Parking for parents and guests of graduates is available on the streets surrounding the campus as well as in the following College lots:

  • Schumo Center Lot (off Richmond & Birch Streets)
  • Shirk Stadium
  • Faculty Lot (located next to Memorial Chapel)
  • Main Lot (13th & Bern Streets)
  • 13th & Union Elementary School
  • Wells Fargo Bank Lot (off 13th & Richmond Streets—between the Albright Media Center and the Bank)
  • Roessner Hall Parking Lot (behind Roessner Hall and off Rockland Street)
  • Mohn Hall
  • North Hall
  • Albright Woods

Should you have any questions about parking, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 610-921-7670. Click here for a campus map.

The following hotels work closely with Albright College. When you make your reservation, and again when you check in, please mention that you are in town for an Albright event, and you will receive preferred customer rates. We encourage your patronage of these hotels. Thank you.

 

Hotels/Bed and Breakfasts – 5 to 10 minutes from Albright College
Best Western Reading Inn
2299 Lancaster Pike
Reading, PA  19607
Phone:   610-777-7888$79.99 + tax, Two Queen Beds
Candlewood Suites – Reading, PA
55 South Third Avenue
West Reading, PA  19611
Phone:  610-898-1910
Fax:  610-898-1911$79.99 + tax  Queen Bed
$84.99 + tax  Two Double Beds
$89.99 + tax   King Bed
Comfort Inn
2200 Stacy Drive
Reading, PA  19605
Phone:  610-371-0500$85 + tax – Two night minimum
$99.00 + tax – One night
Crowne Plaza Reading
1741 Papermill Road
Reading, PA  19610
610-376-3811$109 includes breakfast
Courtyard Reading Wyomissing
150 North Park Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-378-1137$139.00 king or 2 queen beds
Days Inn Reading Wyomissing
910 Woodland Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
Phone:  610-374-1500$69.00 any room
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
701 Penn Street
Reading, PA 19601
610-375-8000$125.00 king or 2 queen beds
Econolodge Airport
2017 Bernville Rd
Reading, PA 19601
610-736-0400$64.99 any room type
Fairfield Inn & Suites Reading Wyomissing – Marriott
21 Meridian Boulevard
Reading, PA 19610
Phone:  610-376-4400
Fax: 610-376-4401$119.00 king or 2 queen beds
Hampton Inn – Reading Wyomissing
1800 Paper Mill Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
Phone:  610-374-8100
Toll Free:  1-800-HAMPTON
Fax:  610-374-2076$109.00 king or 2 double beds
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
405 North Park Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
Phone:  610-373-4444
Fax:  610-373-4186$99.00 king or 2 queen beds
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Reading
2389 Bernville Road
Reading, PA  19605
Phone:  610-372-0700$89.99 standard room
$99.99 larger suite
$149.99 2 room suite with kitchen
Homewood Suites by Hilton Reading
2801 Paper Mill Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
Phone:  610-736-3100
Toll Free:  1-800-225-5466$139 – Includes Hot Breakfast Buffet
Extended Stay Discount Available
Inn at Reading
1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-372-7811
Toll Free:  800-383-9713$84.00 standard room
$99.00 executive
$111.00 two room suite
   
Bed & Breakfasts
The Yellow House Hotel
6743 Boyertown Pike,
Douglassville, PA 19518
610-689-9410
$75.00 one bed$85.00 two beds
The Adamstown Inn & Cottages
Bed and Breakfast/Cottage Rentals
144 W. Main St.
Adamstown, PA 19501
800-594-4808
717-484-0800
Fax: 717-484-1384
Email: stay@adamstown.com$129.00 – 239.00 a night
The Stirling Guest Hotel
1120 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA  19601
Phone:  610-373-1522$175.00 – $275.00 a night
Bed and Breakfast on the Park
1246 Hill Road
Reading, PA  19602
Phone:  610-374-4440$139-159 a night
Overlook Mansion Bed and Breakfast
620 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA  19601
Phone:  610-371-9173$129 a night

 

Aashiyana Indian Cuisine
16 South 4th Street
Reading, PA  19602
610-320-9920
(Open daily)
www.aashiyanaindiancuisine.com

Alebrije Mexican Restaurant
3805 Perkiomen Avenue
Reading, PA  19606
610-370-0900
$5 to $20
www.alebrijemexicanrestaurant.com

Alebrije Mexican Restaurant
3225 North 5th Street Highway
Reading, PA  19605
610-939-9288
$5 to $20
www.alebrijemexicanrestaurant.com

Alebrije Mexican Restaurant
1816 State Hill Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-373-5680
$5 to $20
www.alebrijemexicanrestaurant.com

Amazing Wok
1140 Rockland Street
Reading, PA  19604
610-929-5555

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
2733 Paper Mill Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-816-5722
$5.00 – $20.00
www.acfp.com/location/wyomissing

Anthony’s Trattoria
(Italian & Seafood)
900 Byram Street
Reading, PA  19606
610-370-2822
$8 to $25
www.anthonystrattoriareading.com

Applebee’s Grill & Bar
1905 Ridgewood Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-372-0337
www.applebees.com

Applebee’s Grill & Bar
Fairgrounds Square Mall
3050 N 5th Street Highway
Reading, PA  19605
610-921-0158
www.applebees.com

Austin’s Restaurant
1101 Snyder Road
West Lawn, PA  19609
610-678-5500
www.austinsrestaurant.com

Beverly Hills Tavern
710 Old Fritztown Road
Sinking Spring, PA  19608
Sunday Brunch Buffet 10-2
610-777-4516
www.beverlyhillstavern.biz

Bistro 614
614 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA  19611
610-375-9900
$10 to $30
(Reservations Suggested)
www.Bistro614.com

Buca Di Beppo
2745 Paper Mill Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-374-3482
$5 to 25
(Reservations Suggested)
www.bucadibeppo.com

California Bar & Grill
Rt. 724 & Mt. View Road
Shillington, PA  19607
610-777-7224

Canal Street Pub & Restaurant
535 Canal Street
Reading, PA  19602
610-376-4009
$6 to $27
(Closed Sundays)
www.canalstreetpub.com

Chef Alan’s American Bistro
6th & Penn Avenues
West Reading, PA  19610
610-375-4012
www.chefalans.com

Christine’s Creekside Inn
1250 Green Hills Road (Rt. 568)
Birdsboro, PA  19508
610-582-8150
$15 to $25
(Open Tues.-Sat.  5-9 p.m.)
www.christinescreeksideinn.com

Dans at Green Hills
2444 Morgantown Road
Reading, PA  19607
610-777-9611
$15 to $35
(Reservations Suggested)
www.dansatgreenhills.com

Emily’s
3790 Morgantown Road
Mohnton, PA  19540
610-856-7887
$15 to $28
(Closed Sundays and Mondays)
(Reservations Required)
www.emilysberks.com

Giannotti Country Manor
3118 Pricetown Road
Reading, PA  19522
610-929-2860
www.giannottis.vpweb.com

GNA Ristorante Pizzeria
421 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA  19611
610-376-1155
$7 to $26
www.gnaristorante.com

The Hitching Post Restaurant & Bar
2747 Bernville Road
Leesport, PA  19533
484-671-2347
www.thehitchingpostpa.com

Hong Thanh Restaurant
Contemporary Vietnamese Cuisine
2733 Paper Mill Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-374-0831
$6.95 – $21.95
(Reservations suggested)
www.hongthanhrestaurant.com

Jimmie Kramer’s Peanut Bar Restaurant
332 Penn Street
Reading, PA  19602
610-376-8500
$7 to $25
(Closed Sundays) (Reservations Suggested)
www.PeanutBar.com

Judy’s on Cherry
332 Cherry Street
Reading, PA  19602
610-374-8511
www.judysoncherry.com

La Cocina Mexicana
5005 Kutztown Road
Temple, PA  19560
610-921-3037
Lunch- $6 to $19
Dinner – $10 to $25

LongHorn Steakhouse
1085 Woodland Road
Reading, PA  19610
610-375-2580
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Malibooz Bar & Grill
2385 Bernville Road (Reading Airport Terminal)
Reading, PA  19605
610-898-8490
$10 to $20
www.maliboozbarandgrill.biz

Mimmo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
290 Morgantown Road
Reading, PA  19611
610-373-2800
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
www.mimmos.org

Mom Chaffe’s Cellarette
148 Tulpehocken Avenue
West Reading, PA  19611
610-374-5733
(Closed Sundays) (Reservations Suggested)

Nino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
515 Richmond Street
Reading, PA  19605
610-921-5923
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
www.ninosristorante.com

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
1700 Crossing Drive
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-373-1311
www.olivegarden.com

Panevino
25 N. 2nd Street
Reading, PA  19601
610-376-1101
4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
$10 to $25
www.panevinoreading.com

The Pike Cafe
930 Pike Street
Reading, PA  19604
610-373-6616
www.pikecafe.com

Red Lobster Restaurants
945 Woodland Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
610-376-2905
$10 to $15
(Call Ahead Reservations)
www.redlobster.com

The Restaurant at Golden Oaks
10 Stonehedge Drive
Fleetwood, PA  19522
610-944-6000
$7 to $30
www.goldenoaksgolfclub.com/barandgrill

Ruby Tuesday
1665 State Hill Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
(Berkshire Mall)
610-373-6900
www.rubytuesday.com

Say Cheese!
600 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA  19611
610-406-5390
Tuesday – Saturday: Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 4:30pm-10pm
Sunday Brunch: 9am-3pm
www.saycheese-restaurant.com

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
2723 N Meridian Blvd.
Reading, PA  19610
610-375-9580
$10 to $20
www.smokeybones.com

Stokesay Castle
141 Stokesay Castle Lane
Reading, PA  19606
610-375-6100

The Lord’s Dining Room
Friday – Saturday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays
*Reservations Recommended

The Knights Pub
Friday/Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
*No Reservations- served on a “first come, first serve” basis.
www.stokesay.net

Stopper’s Restaurant
6421 Perkiomen Avenue
Birdsboro, PA  19508
610-582-8911
$10 to $25

Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant & Pub
2800 N. Reading Road
Adamstown, PA  19501
717-484-4386
$15 to $35
(Reservations Suggested)
www.stoudts.com/restaurant

Texas Roadhouse
2803 Paper Mill Road
Reading, PA  19610
610-373-9600
$5 to $18
(Call Ahead Reservations)
www.texasroadhouse.com

Viva Bistro & Lounge
Contemporary Euro Mediterranean
901 Hill Avenue & N. Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-685-5299
www.vivagoodlife.com

William’s Family Restaurant
1701 Kutztown Road
Reading, PA  19604
610-929-9795
$5 to $16
6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(Reservations suggested if Large Group)
www.williamsfamilydinning.com

Baccalaureate

Tickets are not required for Baccalaureate Service. 

Seating in Memorial Chapel is LIMITED so plan to arrive early for a seat in Memorial Chapel.  We ask that all students, families and friends be in their seats no later than 3:45 p.m. and the service will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.   Doors to Memorial Chapel will open at 2:30 p.m.

We will have a live video feed of the Baccalaureate Service in the lecture hall of Science Center.  This live-streaming is available for overflow seating.  If guests arrive after the ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m., they will be directed to view the ceremony from the lecture hall in Science Center.


Commencement

No tickets are needed for the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. on Science Field.  Seating is first-come, first-served and we ask that you PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE SEATS.  The ceremony is rain or shine and entry to the seating area beings at 7:30 a.m.  The ceremony will also be shown via live-streaming in Memorial Chapel.

In the event of extreme and dangerous weather, the ceremony will be canceled and degrees will be conferred and diplomas distributed in Bollman Gym.  Each graduate will receive four tickets to the indoor event.  No additional tickets will be available for the indoor event.

Photography

A national collegiate photography house will take photographs on Commencement day of all graduates during the diploma presentation on the stage and as the graduate steps off the stage holding his or her diploma.

Shortly after graduation, the photography studio will send you several color proofs for your review and instructions for ordering prints. These will come directly from the studio, not from Albright.

After Commencement, the College will post a variety of photographs taken by the College photographer on the Commencement website.


Videography

Albright College contracts with a videographer who will record the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.  The College will post several clips from these ceremonies on the Commencement website shortly after the event.

DVD’s are also available for purchase:

Baccalaureate DVD in a full DVD case with printed insert∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙$35.00
Commencement DVD in a full DVD case with printed insert∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙$35.00

**Purchase both ceremonies on DVD for only $60.00**

If you would like to purchase a DVD(s) for your graduate, click here to download the order form, then print it, fill it out, and send it to:

Lana Haufler
Albright College
President’s Office
13th & Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234

If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@albright.edu or 610-921-7575. Please allow eight weeks following Commencement for delivery.


Family & Friends Photography

We encourage parents, families, and friends to take photos during Baccalaureate and Commencement.   During Baccalaureate, we ask that you be sensitive to the fact that this is a religious service and be discreet in your taking of photos.

During the Commencement ceremony, there will be a dedicated Photography Area – to the right of the stage which will be clearly marked.  We ask guests to take photos from this area rather than attempting to take photos from the aisles of the seating areas which can be quite disruptive to other guests.

Honor Your Graduate with an Adirondack Chair

A gift for your graduate that will live on the Albright Campus forever

Parents, grandparents, family members and friends can purchase a signature red Adirondack chair for their graduate for only $200. Your purchase is a tax-deductible donation to Albright College. We will have a plate engraved that will be permanently affixed to the back of the chair. These chairs are scattered across our campus for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We hold classes, seminars and small group meetings outside using these chairs, but most importantly, they are a great place for members of our community to come together for conversation or relaxation. The wording on the plaque is highly flexible; examples follow:

In honor of Michelle Johnson, Class of 2017
Given by her Parents

Congratulations!
Michelle Johnson ’17
We are so proud of you … Mom & Dad

Michelle Johnson’s Chair
Class of 2017

If you would like to purchase an Adirondack chair for your graduate, click here to download the order form , then print it, fill it out, and send it to:

Lana Haufler
Albright College
President’s Office
13th & Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234

If you have any questions, please call the President’s Office at 610-921-7600

Spring 2016

Baccalaureate: Christ G. Kraras ’69, President & CEO, White Star Travel Center, Reading, PA
Commencement: John R. Garrison, World Renowned Public Health Advocate (commencement address available here)
Student Speaker: Mackenzie Faight ’16, Bristol, PA
Winter 2016
Commencement: Victor H. Hammel, Chairman, President & CEO, J.C. Ehrlich Company (retired)

Spring 2015

Baccalaureate: The Reverend Dwight Davis ’97, Assistant Principal, Wheatley Education Campus, Washington, DC
Commencement: Scott Weidensaul, Award-winning Author, Photographer, and Lecturer
Research Director, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art (commencement address available here)
Student Speaker: Kelsea E. Guckin ’15
Winter 2015
Commencement: Julia H. Klein, President & CEO, C.H. Briggs Hardware
Spring 2014
Baccalaureate: Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, Episcopal Leader, Philadelphia Area of the United Methodist Church
Traditional Day Commencement: Robert Garfield, Co-host of On the Media, National Public Radio
Student Speaker: Vivienne Okafor ‘14
Winter 2014
Commencement: Daniel R. Langdon, President & CEO, East Penn Manufacturing
Spring 2013
Baccalaureate: The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Blackstone ’84, Senior Pastor, Green Street UMC, Augusta, Maine
Traditional Day Commencement: The Honorable Edwin B. Erickson III ’60, State Senator, 26th District of PA
Student Speaker: Matthew R. Bauer ‘13
DCP Commencement: Peter D. Barbey, President & CEO, Reading Eagle
Winter 2013
Commencement: William A. Wulfsohn, President & CEO, Carpenter
Spring 2012
Baccalaureate: The Rev. J. William Lentz ’82, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, PA
Traditional Day Commencement: Robert S. Spitz ’71, Best-selling Author, Journalist, Musician
Student Speaker: Andrew J. Friedlund ‘12
DCP Commencement: Christ G. Kraras ’69, President, White Star Travel Center
Winter 2012
Commencement: John P. Weidenhammer, President & Founder, Weidenhammer
Spring 2011
Baccalaureate: The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Fourth Bishop of Allentown
Traditional Day Commencement: The Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Student Speaker: David Yadush ‘11
DCP Commencement: P. Michael Ehlerman, Chairman Yuasa Battery, Inc. (retired)
Winter 2011
Commencement:  Joni Naugle ’89, Partner, Focused, LLC
Spring 2010
Baccalaureate: The Rev. Dr. Dorothy Watson Tatem, District Superintendent, The Eastern PA Conference of the UMC
Traditional Day Commencement: John Prendergast, Co-founder, The Enough Project
Student Speaker: Raquel Hamlett ‘10
DCP Commencement—am: Sandy L. Solmon, President & CEO, Sweet Street Desserts, Inc.
DCP Commencement—pm: The Honorable Dante Santoni, Representative, 126th Legislative District
Winter 2010
Commencement:  John T. Baily ’65, President, Swiss Re Capital Partners (retired)