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2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 11 a.m.
Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium


Schedule of Events
Friday, May 6

10 a.m. - Graduation Practice, Gymnasium, Robert S. Carey Student Center  

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Baccalaureate Mass, Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica

Saturday, May 7

11 a.m. - Commencement Ceremony, Gymnasium, Robert S. Carey Student Center*

*Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are required.


Commencement Information

  • Commencement Speaker

    Peter Stephans

    Born in 1942 in Budapest, Hungary, Peter Stephans was educated at the Benedictine Archabbey School of Pannonhalma. He then fled from Hungary on horseback during the communist rule, crossing over into Germany and arriving at the Benedictine Abbey at Metten, home monastery to Saint Vincent College founder Boniface Wimmer.

    After moving to the United States, Mr. Stephans attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he obtained his B.S.E.E. Degree in 1968 followed by a M.S.E.E. Degree in 1969.

    Beginning in 1968, he served IBM Corporation for eight years; first, as an associate engineer, eventually attaining the position of manufacturing manager for one of the company's divisions in New York State. In 1976, he joined Dynamet Incorporated, headquartered in Washington, PA, as technical director. Founded in 1967, Dynamet is a manufacturer of titanium and special alloy products for the aerospace and medical implant industries.

    Mr. Stephans was appointed vice president and technical director in October 1977 and continued to advance to the position of executive vice president in October 1982.  He was named president of Dynamet Incorporated in October 1987.

    On February 28th, 1997, Carpenter Technology Corporation acquired Dynamet Incorporated.  Following the merger, Carpenter sold the Forged Products Division, established in 1981, to Mr. Stephans, who served as president and chief operating officer of Dynamet until the acquisition.  At that time, Trigon Incorporated was established as the parent company for two operating divisions: FPD Company (formerly the Forged Products Division), the manufacturing division, and StelKast Company, the orthopedic implant design and marketing division he established in 1992.  Effective January 1, 2006, Trigon was reorganized to form Trigon Holding Inc. as the parent with two subsidiaries: Trigon Incorporated/FPD Company and StelKast Inc. On May 14th, 2019, StelKast Inc. was acquired by Globus Medical Inc.

    Mr. Stephans served on the Board of Directors of Carpenter Technology Corporation for 13 years, from 2003 to 2016. He is a former chair of the Student Affairs Committee at Washington and Jefferson College, a former chair of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and a former chair of both the House and New Members committees of St. Clair Country Club.  He served as a Business Council member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as well as a board member of its Pittsburgh Branch.  He also served on the board of Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and most recently on the Dean’s Advisory Council for The Rossin School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh University.


  • Online Commencement Form

    All graduates participating in the commencement ceremony are required to complete the online commencement form, which will be available at between Wednesday, Feb. 23, and Monday, March 14. This will provide a single location to gather all information regarding commencement, eliminating the need to communicate with multiple offices. Through this form, graduates will be able to:

    • Order ceremony tickets (limit 4 tickets per graduate in the Gymnasium)
    • Confirm attendance at commencement
    • Order academic attire (a separate link will be provided)
    • Order name cards and announcements
    • Confirm the phonetic spelling of the name to be read at the ceremony
    • Confirm major/s for listing in the program
    • Request special needs passes and tickets
  • Degree Candidates

    All candidates are to attend the commencement ceremony. Graduates will begin to line up in the Library at 10:30 a.m. Degrees will be awarded by school with master’s degrees first followed by bachelor’s in order by school and major.

    Master’s recipients will carry their hoods over their left arm and 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 hooding, 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. Father Paul then confers the degree and presents the diploma. 

    Each graduate will be photographed with Father Paul 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.

  • Tickets

    In order to comply with fire and safety regulations, admission to the 2022 Saint Vincent College Spring Commencement ceremony will be by ticket only. A ticketing system has been devised and is listed below:

    Phase One:  Feb. 23 – March 14, 2022

    All degree candidates who have applied for graduation through the Registrar's office may fill out the online request form to reserve their tickets between Feb. 23 and March 14. There is a limit of 4 tickets per graduate in the Gymnasium. To avoid confusion, please designate one person to fill out the online form. Please fill out the form completely to ensure that your needs will be accommodated. Additional tickets may be requested for overflow seating in the PAC. Graduates do not need tickets for the ceremony. Orders must be placed by Monday, March 14.  No changes or additions will be able to be made after this date.

    Phase Two: Ticket Distribution

    Tickets will be available for pickup in the Gymnasium on Tuesday, April 19 from 3-6 p.m. at Senior One Stop Shop. Since all seating will be reserved, every effort will be made to seat families together.

    Any items not picked up at Senior One Stop Shop may be obtained during Bookstore hours, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with special hours on Graduation day of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    After April 19, if additional tickets are available, an email will be sent out. 

    Please direct all questions regarding Commencement ticketing to the Event and Conference Services Office at or 724-532-5030. 

  • Guest Seating and Parking

    All parking lots will be open to the public. Members of the Public Safety staff will be directing traffic to appropriate parking areas. Parking for those with special needs is available. Please present your medical placard or your special needs-issued parking pass to the Public Safety staff who will direct you to the special needs area. Families and guests are urged to arrive in time to be seated by 10:45 a.m. Gymnasium doors open at 10 a.m. The procession will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Ushers will be available to direct you to your seat.

  • Graduation Practice - Friday, May 6

    Graduation practice will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Gymnasium. Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates should attend the practice. Anyone who did not pick up academic attire may do so after graduation practice. (See Academic Attire).

  • Diplomas

    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 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.)

  • Participation

    All degree candidates must confirm their plans to participate in commencement by Monday, March 14, through the online commencement form. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to the Registrar at 724-805-2889.

  • Academic Attire

    On Tuesday, April 19 from 3-6 p.m., academic attire may be picked up in the Gymnasium at Senior One Stop Shop. Any items not picked up at Senior One Stop Shop may be obtained at the Bookstore prior to Honors Convocation, during regular Bookstore hours, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with special hours on Graduation day of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Please keep in mind that academic attire is packaged and will need to be ironed or steamed. Therefore, we suggest obtaining your attire early.

  • Graduation Announcements

    Graduates should pick up their announcements and name cards at Senior One Stop Shop on April 19.  Name cards and announcements will only be printed for those students who order them during the ticketing process through the online commencement form. 

  • Honor Tassels and Dean's List Certificates

    Dean’s List certificates and honor tassels will be distributed immediately after graduation practice on Friday, May 6.
  • Lodging

    For a comprehensive listing and further details, contact the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, 800-333-5661

    Hampton Inn

    Route 30 East

    Latrobe, PA  15650


    SpringHill Suites

    115 Arnold Palmer Drive

    Latrobe, PA  15650


    Ramada Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center
    100 Sheraton Drive
    Greensburg, PA 15601

    The Inn at Mountain View

    300 Scenery Lane
    Greensburg, PA 15601

    Hampton Inn Greensburg
    1000 Towne Square Drive
    Greensburg, PA 15601

    Ramada Inn Ligonier
    216 W. Loyalhanna St.
    Ligonier, PA 15658

  • Programs

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

  • Official Photography

    Ken Brooks will be the official photographer for Spring 2022 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. Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase additional photos. Additional photos can be ordered directly through the photographer at:

  • Livestream and Video

    The Saint Vincent Office of Marketing and Communications livestream the ceremony, on the College’s YouTube channel at A recording of the full ceremony will also be available on YouTube.

Contact Us

Event and Conference Services 

Phone: 724-532-5030 Ext. 5030

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