Students at graduation


Class of 2023 Ceremony Program
Coming Soon!

2023 Graduates--the GBC community is excited to celebrate your academic accomplishment and recognize that you have achieved greater! Below, you will find important details about the lead-up to Commencement as well as the Commencement Ceremony! If you have any questions, please contact the commencement team at and we will respond as soon as we can! We look forward to celebrating you on May 5!
Paula Finnefrock, Assistant to the President
Beth Kirker, Director of Career Services
Ryan Quann, Registrar

Commencement Ceremonies – Friday, May 5th, 2023 | Joseph West Jones Center Gymnasium

  • Ceremony Information
    • Doors Open – 9:30 AM
    • Processional Begins – 10:45 AM
  • Tickets
    • Tickets are not required for the Ceremony. However, we ask that you limit the number of guests to 4 individuals (5 including yourself).
  • Arrival for Graduates and Guests & Parking
    • Graduating students and their families should arrive no later than 10:00 AM.
      • Undergraduate students will stage for processing in the Event Center Lobby.
      • Graduate and Doctoral students will stage for processing in the Fulmer Center.
      • Families should proceed to the Joseph West Jones Center Gymnasium. Seating for guests will be first-come first-served.
    • On-campus parking is available. Entry to the event will be at the Stoney Batter Road entrance by the Residence Halls between Abel and Leach Halls – signs and staff will be present to help guide you!

    Parking Map
  • Housekeeping Items
    • We ask that you do not bring air horns, balloons, vuvuzelas, or anything else that you think would be better suited for the afterparty. We’ll provide the celebration and confetti!
    • Grad Images professional photographers will attend the event and will capture your walk across the stage! In addition, we will have two designated areas for pictures in the Joseph West Jones Center after the Ceremony is over.
    • The Ceremony will be livestreamed on this page for those who cannot attend.

Grad Fest 2023 – Wednesday, April 12 | Joseph West Jones Center Lobby

  • Time – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Cap and Gown Pickup
    • Requirements:
      • Complete the Graduate Survey sent by
      • Cannot have any outstanding financial obligations to the College. For questions related to financial obligations, contact the Business Office.
      • If you are a federal student loan borrower, you need to complete Exit Counseling. For questions related to Exit Counseling, contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • Raffle Prizes include:
    • 55" TV
    • AirPods
    • Cash Prizes
  • Employer Networking:
    • Various employers will be in attendance to discuss post-graduation employment opportunities! For questions related to employers attending, contact the Career Services Office.