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Winter Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, Sunday, December 13

Date: 12/9/2009

WEATHER UPDATE: Alvernia's Commencement Ceremony will be delayed until 1:30 p.m., today. Please drive safely.


The program, held in the Physical Education Center, will begin with a Baccalaureate Mass at 10:30 a.m. Degrees will be conferred during the Commencement Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. 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. Receptions for graduates and their guests will be held after each ceremony.

General Information:

WHEN:  Sunday, December 13, 2009
WHERE:  Physical Education Center, Alvernia University
10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate
1:30 p.m. Conferring of Degrees

Order your cap and gown online at by November 1, 2009 (please note change in date from letter). A late fee of $25 will be charged for all late orders.

Contact Tracy Hine with questions at or 610.796.8211.


Graduating students must complete this survey before picking up cap and gown, tickets to graduation, and diploma.

  • 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.