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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 in the Shack at 10:30 a.m. 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 of their caps on the left front edge. During the ceremony, Master’s recipients will be hooded by their program director. After receiving the hood, students will walk across the stage to receive their diploma.

    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 Br. Norman 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.

    Graduation Practice - Friday, December 13

    Graduation practice will be held on Friday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Bachelor's and Master's degree candidates should attend the practice. Bachelor‘s hoods will be distributed to seniors. Master’s students will receive their hoods during the commencement ceremony. Anyone who did not obtain academic attire 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. Please allow two (2) weeks after Commencement for delivery. For additional eligibility details contact the Dean of Studies at 724-805-2049 or the Registrar's Office at 724-805-2720.

    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 Friday, November 1, 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

    Academic Attire may be picked up in the Event and Conference Services Office beginning Wednesday, December 4 between 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Bachelor's hoods will be distributed to seniors. 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. Please note that students who were measured for academic attire and received it prepackaged are permitted to keep the cap, gown, tassel and hood.

    Graduation Announcements

    Graduates should pick up their announcements and name cards in the Event and Conference Services Office beginning Wednesday, December 4. 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. Extra announcements will be available on a first-come first-served basis for students who request them. 

    Honor Tassels and Dean's List Certificates

    Dean’s List certificates and honor tassels will be distributed immediately after graduation practice on Friday, December 13.