Degree Candidates

Getting Ready for ProcessionAll candidates are expected to attend the Commencement ceremony. Graduates will begin to line up in the Dupré Science Pavilion at 10:30 a.m.  In case of rain, lineup 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.  College president Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D., 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 Carey Center first, followed by the graduates.

Commencement Practice - Friday, May 12

Graduation practice will be held on Friday, May 12. Graduates should report to the Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium at 10 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. Candidates who are unable to attend the ceremony should make arrangements with the Registrar's Office to obtain 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 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 (e.g., parking tickets, library fines, etc.)


Graduates before CeremonyAll degree candidates must confirm their plans to participate in commencement by Monday, April 10, through the online Commencement form. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to the Registrar at 724-805-2889.

Academic Attire

Orders for academic attire must be placed through the online form no later than March 20.  Graduates who complete the form after the deadline will need to borrow academic attire from the Registrar. Degree candidates should pick up their academic attire in time to participate in Honors Convocation, April 26.  Academic attire will be available at the Senior One-Stop Shop in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium on Monday, April 24, or in the Registrar’s office Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26, prior to Convocation. Anyone who did not obtain academic attire prior to the Honors Convocation may do so after the commencement practice or on Saturday, May 13, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Dupré Science Pavilion Atrium.  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 One-Stop Shop in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium on Monday, April 24.  Name cards and announcements will only be printed for those students who order them no later than March 20 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 12.


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

Official Photographer

Ken Brooks will be the official photographer for Spring 2017 Commencement ceremony at Saint Vincent College. This photographer is the only person with clear access to the stage. Each graduate will receive one complimentary 5” x 7” photo by mail.  Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase additional photos.  An order form will be included in your ticket packet and is available online at Checks for pictures should be made payable to Ken Brooks, Photographer.

Graduates' photos will be available via Flickr ( after July 1. 

Commencement Video        

The Saint Vincent Office of Marketing and Communications will be recording the ceremony.  Video from the ceremony will be available on the Saint Vincent YouTube Channel ( 1-2 weeks after the ceremony.