A student reaches her hand out to fist bump the president on stage at Commencement.Check back throughout the semester to find events, to-dos, and the days until Commencement.

Countdown to Commencement

Days until Commencement: 4 (as of May 15)

Commencement gown drop-off

Seniors, remember to drop off your Commencement gowns in the marked drop-off bins after the graduation ceremony May 19! MORE

End of year mail pickup

Attention, all students: Please come to the Campus Post Office and check for any packages or mail before you leave the campus for the summer. Any packages or USPS mail not picked up by May 18 will be returned to sender. MORE

Using Pard Dollars

As the spring semester wraps up, here are a few reminders about using your Pard Dollars:

Meal Plan Pard Dollars: These are included with your meal plan each semester. Unused meal plan Pard Dollars expire at the end of each semester. Spring 2024 semester meal plan Pard Dollars will expire Mon., May 13, at 2 p.m. MORE

How to archive your honors thesis

Students graduating with honors this spring are encouraged to archive their thesis with the library. This can be done online through the Lafayette Digital Repository (LDR) , with the approval of their advisor.

Find detailed information about this service and how to submit your thesis. MORE

Dining Services: Senior Week information

Senior Week offerings will be held in Upper Farinon and will be complimentary to seniors only. For all other guests, there will be a charge of $12.85, payable using additional Pard Dollars, credit, or debit cards. Check out the schedule.

Updates on Commencement

Lafayette College’s 189th Commencement weekend is scheduled for Sat., May 18, 2024, and Sun., May 19, 2024. There are a few notable updates heading into the celebratory weekend for Lafayette’s Class of 2024, including: Commencement ceremony timing, volunteers, and new honors for the Pepper Prize winner. MORE

Grad Finale

Come to the College Store April 25-26 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to pick up and pay for graduation regalia pre-orders and meet with college departments to prepare for your big day.

Class of 2024 playlist for Baccalaureate

Help create the playlist that will begin and end your class Baccalaureate service! Members of the Class of 2024 are invited to submit songs that are meaningful to you and your classmates during the years you’ve spent as Lafayette students! This playlist will be shared before senior week. Please submit “clean” versions of songs — it *is* the chaplain curating this playlist!

If you want to submit more than one song, please feel free to do so. Just return to the form and submit another song.

Baccalaureate will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sat., May 18 in Colton Chapel. Come hear reflections from over 20 members of the Class of 2024.
Questions about submitting songs for this playlist? Contact Chaplain Alex Hendrickson at hendrica@lafayette.edu.

Senior class gift opportunity

As Commencement approaches May 19, join your classmates by making your senior class gift.

It takes about 20 seconds to make your gift and you may use Apple Pay, Venmo, or a credit/debit card, and join with your friends as you work toward earning your own engraved brick on the Quad thanks to consecutive years of giving.

The power of plurality is in effect when seniors each make a participatory-level gift as all gifts count toward the Senior Class Gift – presented at graduation. MORE

Senior deadline for student charge

Beginning April 20, senior student charges will no longer be accepted at the College Store for payment.

Technology guide for graduating students

The Technology Guide for Graduating Students provides helpful information on how to prepare for leaving Lafayette as a student, including how to retain access to important email, contacts, and data.

Commencement ticketing info

Commencement is just under eight weeks away. Because the ceremony is planned to be held outdoors on Lafayette’s Quad, no tickets are required; however, outdoor seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If inclement weather forces the ceremony indoors, tickets will be needed for admission to Kirby Sports Center. Three (3) electronic tickets for family and friends are available for each graduate beginning today and must be secured by 2 p.m. Fri., May 17. Please review the instructions for ticketing and note that students need to log in with their Lafayette credentials to access the ticketing site. Graduates do not need a ticket.

A limited number of additional rain site tickets may become available and starting today, students can request additional tickets beyond the allotment of three per graduate. If approved, additional rain site tickets must be picked up at the ticket office in Kirby Sports Center (ID is required) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Mon., May 13 through Thurs., May 16. Any tickets not picked up by May 16 will be forfeited.

Please direct any questions you may have to commencement@lafayette.edu.

Missed the regalia order deadline?

If you missed the deadline to order graduation regalia, don’t worry.  Sets will be available at the College Store starting April 29.

Student Government Regalia Hand-Me-Down program

If you’re a senior interested in receiving a donated cap and gown or hood for this year’s commencement, please fill out an application by March 8. Link can also be found on the Student Government Instagram, @lafstugov Linktree.

Donated Regalia will be distributed on a “pay-what-you-can” model. (Which can certainly be zero dollars!) MORE

Baccalaureate nominations

Please submit names of graduating seniors to participate in Baccalaureate for the Class of 2024. You may also nominate more than one student (just fill out a form for each student you are nominating).

Pepper Prize

The application for the Pepper Prize will remain open until Feb. 29 at 11:45 p.m. All graduating seniors are welcome to apply.

Reserve your graduation regalia

Seniors can now reserve graduation regalia! Order must be placed by March 15. Grad attire will be shipped to the College Store where students can pick it up and pay for it during Grad Finale April 25-26. Reserve your regalia today.

Graduating seniors can apply for community-based learning and research award

Graduating seniors can apply for a $500 Honors Convocation award. The award is open to graduating seniors who have made significant contributions to the community through course projects, an honors thesis, EXCEL scholar work, and/or some other form of academic community engagement. Applications are due no later than Feb. 23, 2024. MORE

Pay it forward

Pay it forward for future Pards by supporting Lafayette though a Senior Class Gift. Even a $5 gift collectively makes a difference! Plus it only takes 15 seconds.

Senior Portraits

Did you book your Senior Portrait yet? Almost 300 of your classmates did! You should have received an email from Lors Photography with a unique login to schedule. There is no fee to take the portraits. These are the portraits that will be featured in the yearbook and are also available for purchase. Lors will only be here in February and March so don’t miss your chance!


Don’t wait to order your yearbook! The semester will fly by. Enjoy this snapshot of your final year at Lafayette. Clubs, organizations, sports, student life, events, senior portraits, Commencement—you’ll have it all.

Purchase your yearbook | Purchase a Senior Ad (great for parents, families, and supporters)

Senior Speaker—Save the date!

Sponsored by The Class of 1963 Guest Speaker Fund and Lafayette Activities Forum, the Senior Speaker selection will be announced in February.

7 p.m. Tues., April 2 • Colton Chapel • RSVP

Last Lecture nominations

One of the favorite events for seniors! Do you know a professor who would deliver a meaningful “last lecture” to the class of 2024? Nominations will be open until Feb. 5. Nominate a faculty member

Senior Week—Save the Dates!

Senior Week will be here before you know it! Programming and Commencement related events will take place from Tues., May 14, to Sat., May 18. More information will be available after Spring Break.

100 Hours (formal dance during Senior Week)

Lafayette will host the 42nd annual formal to celebrate the graduating class! Student tickets for 100 Hours have traditionally ranged between $35-$45. But the President’s Office recognizes the impact the pandemic had on the Class of 2024’s experience, especially in the first year, and will be covering the ticket cost any member of the Class of 2024 to attend the 2024 event. 100 Hours will be held May 16.

May 16 • RSVPs are requested prior to May 10

*With the exception of Senior Week and 100 Hours, all attendees must be currently enrolled students*

Submitted by: Student Involvement