Flush with graduates, West Chester University for the first time will split its commencement into two outdoor ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, officials announced this week.

Nearly 2,300 undergraduates are eligible to take part in commencement at Farrell Stadium on South Campus, the largest in the school's history, the university said.

The first ceremoney for graduates of the colleges of business and public affairs; education; and health sciences will  start at 10 a.m. The second for graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences; and visual and performing arts will begin at 3 p.m.

Graduates receiving master's degrees will have their ceremony on Monday, May 20.