Dear Bridgeway Academy ‘Soon-to-be Graduate’ & Parents,

Congratulations on your upcoming June 6th graduation! You have been, and still are, working diligently, and it is worth it. Keep at it. You are completing a BIG chapter of your life…and approaching a new beginning! We are so glad that you will be participating in our graduation festivities and ceremony. In this letter, you will find essential information that you will need for this very special day!



Important Graduation Information

To process final GPAs for consideration for Valedictorian and Salutatorian, all final tests must be returned to our office by: May 10, 2020

If chosen for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, you will be notified by May 24th to prepare your speech to present to your classmates. For more information, please contact your advisor.

For you to receive your official diploma at graduation, all your completed work must be received by your advisor by May 20, 2020.  If your work is received after the May 20th deadline, your official diploma will be mailed to you as soon as Bridgeway Academy has finished processing all your work.

If you are on track to complete your work by the end of your school year but that date is after June 1st, you can still participate in the graduation ceremony and receive the same diploma cover that all students receive while walking across the stage.


Bridgeway Academy Dress Code

Please follow these dress code guidelines for the graduation ceremony:


Male students: Button shirts with collars and long dress pants. A tie is recommended but not required.

Female students: Conservative dresses or skirts & shirts. No skin-tight dresses or short skirts permitted. High heels are discouraged as they are difficult to walk across the stage and up and down steps in. 



Student Profiles

During the graduation ceremony, as you come on stage to accept your diploma, your student profile will be read. An email will be sent asking you to fill out the profile. Please do so immediately.

 

If you would like to add to or change any of the information on your STUDENT PROFILE, please contact Betsy Joy Wilcox before May 24th at bwilcox@bridgewayacademy.com.



Reception

We will be hosting a reception after the graduation ceremony for the graduates and their attending guests. Hors d’oeuvres will be available in Harmon Hall of Peace across from Alumnae Hall immediately following the ceremony and formal graduation group photo. If you or someone in your party has a food allergy that we should know about, please let us know by May 10th.  



Graduation Photographs

Graduation photos will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Forms will be emailed prior to the ceremony, additional forms will be available on graduation if needed. The photographer can accept credit cards, cash (exact change if possible), or checks the day of the ceremony.



Slide Show

Every year we prepare a slideshow that incorporates photos from all of our graduates and is shown before the ceremony. It is usually the highlight for the families as they wait for the ceremony to begin! We must receive pictures from all graduates in order to do this. We are requesting that each student email 5-10 photos of themselves to the email address below. Make sure they are appropriate for viewing by those attending graduation. All pictures must be received by April 30th and sent to: Bridgewaygraduation@gmail.com


Make sure that the student name is included in the email. 



Cap and Gown

Each student living in the U.S. will be mailed their cap and gown prior to the ceremony. It is the graduates' responsibility to bring their cap and gown to the ceremony in Pennsylvania. International students will pick up their cap and gown when they check-in for graduation June 6. 


If students wish to decorate their cap they must receive approval from their advisor prior to the ceremony. Appropriate designs will be approved. 



Graduation Ceremony & Location

Cedar Crest College

100 College Drive 

Allentown, PA 18104


Ceremony: Alumnae Hall (#2 on the campus map)

Reception and Photos: Harmon Hall of Peace (#14 on campus map)

Parking: Lot C on the map - Bridgeway staff will be available to direct you to the location. 

Online Campus Map: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/campusmap.shtm

Upon arrival, you will check in at the Alumnae Hall  where you can hang your cap and gown and collect your graduation gift. 


As the ceremony is beginning early, it is vitally important for all graduates to arrive on time and be present for the rehearsal. 



Schedule for Graduation - June 6


8:30-8:45am - CHECK-IN FOR STUDENTS AT Alumnae Hall

*WE ASK THAT PARENTS DROP STUDENTS OFF AND PLAN TO RETURN FOR THE CEREMONY BY 10:30  

9:00-10:30am - Meet & Greet & Rehearsal for students 

10:30-11:00am - Prepare for Ceremony & Graduation Photographs 

11:00am-12:30pm - Graduation Ceremony in Alumnae Hall

12:30-2:30pm - Graduation Photographs/Reception at Harmon Hall of Peace 


  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian may rehearse their speeches directly following the rehearsal.
  • Family and friends can plan on having free time between 9:00 and 10:30 while the students rehearse. 
  • This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change on the day of the event if more time is needed for rehearsal or the ceremony.   


Please Note: We are guests at Cedar Crest College and have a contract to leave their property in the manner in which we received it. We ask that all attendees respect the space and refrain from leaving trash or cigarettes on the premises. We thank you for your attention to this matter.  



HOTELS

Holiday Inn Allentown - Bethlehem

4325 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103

Phone:  610-366-1600

1.7 miles from Cedar Crest College

$129-$139/night | 15 rooms blocked

Reserve online with this link,or by phone using code: BAG

Make Reservations by May 5, 2020


Four Points by Sheraton Allentown Lehigh Valley

3712 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103

Phone: 610-437-9100 

1.7 miles from Cedar Crest College

$149/night | 15 rooms blocked
Reserve Online with this link. 

Make reservations by May 8, 2020


Renaissance Allentown Hotel
12 N 7th St, Allentown, PA 18101
Phone: 484-273-4000
3.3 miles from Cedar Crest College
$145/Night | 10 rooms blocked

Name of Event: Bridgeway Academy June 2020, reference number: M-HZV5KO3

Make Reservations by May 2,2020


Holiday Inn Express Allentown North

1715 Plaza Lane Allentown, PA 18104

Phone: 610-435-7880

3.5 miles from Cedar Crest College

15 rooms blocked – families can book online with code: BW2  or call the number above

$139/night

Make reservations by May 22nd, 2020



Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you all at graduation!

The Bridgeway Academy Staff