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All candidates are expected 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 moved to the 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, graduates 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 Hipps, O.S.B. 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 Gymnasium first, followed by the graduates.
Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 10. Graduates should report to the Performing Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates are encouraged to attend. Any graduate who did not obtain academic attire prior to the Honors Convocation may do so after practice. (See Academic Attire).
Diplomas will be issued to all participating degree candidates. Any graduate not participating in the ceremony must make arrangements with the Registrar's Office to obtain his or her diploma. Graduates may pick up diplomas beginning the Monday following 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.
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” in 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, March 27, 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 will be distributed at the Senior One-Stop Shop on Monday, April 22 in the Gymnasium from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., or in the Registrar’s office prior to Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24. Anyone who did not obtain academic attire prior to the Honors Convocation may do so immediately after the commencement practice or on Saturday, May 11 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, students are strongly encouraged to obtain attire early.
Commencement announcements and name cards will be distributed at the Senior One-Stop Shop on Monday, April 22 in the Gymnasium. 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. After April 22, announcements will be distributed in the Office of Event and Conference Services, located on the second floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center.
Dean’s List certificates and honor tassels will be distributed immediately after graduation practice on Friday, May 10.
Commencement programs will be available upon entering the ceremony. Students, Faculty and Administrators will have programs on their seats.