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December Commencement

Date: 12/1/2008

Winter graduation ceremonies for Alvernia University will being held on campus, Sunday, December 14.

The program will begin with a Baccalaureate Mass at 10:00 a.m., in the Physical Education Center and degrees will be conferred during the Commencement Ceremony at 1:00 p.m., in the Physical Education Center.

Do your students have questions? All graduates should plan to arrive approximately one hour before each event to robe and line up in the appropriate manner.  Baccalaureate lasts approximately one hour and Commencement lasts almost two hours.

Information on attire, tickets, and everything else related to commencement can be found on the Alvernia website.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.