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  • Degree Candidates

    All candidates are to attend the commencement ceremony unless excused by the Dean of Studies. Graduates will begin to line-up next to the post office (outside Headmasters Hall) at 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, line-up will be in the Carey Center Shack area. Degrees will be awarded by school with Master’s degrees first, followed by Bachelor’s, in order by major.

    Master’s recipients should wear the tassel on the left front edge of the cap. During the ceremony, Master’s recipients will be hooded by the program director. After receiving the hood, students will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

    Bachelor’s recipients wear the tassel on the right front edge of the cap. When the recipient’s name is called, the tassel is to be moved to the left front edge. Br. Norman then confers the degree and presents the diploma.

    Each graduate will be photographed with the president, Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., before leaving the stage. When approaching and leaving the stage, follow the directions given at the rehearsal. When the ceremony is over, the faculty will leave the Carey Center first, followed by the graduates.

    Commencement Practice - Friday, May 8

    Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 8. Graduates should report to the Gymnasium at 10:00 a.m. for Commencement practice. Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates should attend the practice. Anyone who did not obtain academic attire prior to the Honors Convocation may do so after graduation practice. (See Academic Attire)


    Diplomas will be issued to all participating degree candidates. Should you wish to be excused from Commencement, you must request permission from the Dean of Studies Office. In order to obtain your diploma, arrangements must be made with the Registrar's Office. Graduates may pick-up their diploma beginning Monday after graduation or request that the diploma be mailed (certified mail) at the graduate’s expense. For additional eligibility details contact the Dean of Studies Office at 724-805-2049 or the Registrar's Office at 724-805-2889.

    Graduation Degree Requirements

    In order to receive a degree, a student must have satisfied all academic requirements and fulfilled all financial obligations to the College as noted under “Graduation Requirements” of the College Bulletin. Additionally, all borrowed books must be returned to the Library and students must satisfy all outstanding charges with the Business Office (i.e., parking tickets, library fines, etc.)


    All degree candidates must confirm their plans to participate in Commencement by Wednesday, April 8, with the Dean of Studies Office through the online Commencement form. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to Ms. Alice J. Kaylor, Dean of Studies, at 724-805-2049.

    Academic Attire

    Degree candidates should pick up their academic attire in time to participate in Honors Convocation, April 22. Anyone who did not obtain academic attire prior to the Honors Convocation may do so after the commencement practice or on Saturday, May 9 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Gown Room, located on the first floor of the Carey Center. Bachelor’s hoods will be distributed with academic attire. Master’s students will receive their hoods during the commencement ceremony. Please keep in mind that academic attire is boxed and will need to be ironed or steamed. Therefore, we suggest obtaining your attire early.

    Commencement Announcements

    Graduates should pick up their announcements and name cards at the Senior Fair in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on Monday, April 20. Name cards and announcements will only be printed for those students who order them during Phase One of the ticketing process through the online Commencement form. Students will receive twenty (20) announcements and twenty (20) name cards. Additional announcements may be ordered in packs of ten (10). Additional name cards may not be ordered.

    Honor Tassels and Dean's List Certificates

    Dean’s List certificates and honor tassels will be distributed immediately after graduation practice on Friday, May 8.


    Commencement programs will be available upon entering the ceremony. Students, Faculty and Administrators will have programs on their seats.