Degree Candidates

Getting Ready for Procession

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

Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods and should wear the tassels of their caps on the left front edge. They will be hooded by their program director when they go to the stage. They will then walk across the stage to receive their diploma.

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. Fr. Paul then confers the degree and presents the diploma.

Each graduate will be photographed with Fr. 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 Performing Arts Center first, followed by the graduates.

Graduation Practice - Friday, Dec. 13

Graduation practice will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Performing Arts Center. Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates should attend the practice. 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. 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.)


Graduates before CeremonyAll degree candidates must confirm their plans to participate in commencement by Monday, Oct. 28, through the online commencement form. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to the Registrar at 724-805-2889.

Academic Attire

Academic attire may be picked up in the Event and Conference Services Office beginning Monday, Dec. 2, between 8:30 a.m. and 8 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 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 in the Event and Conference Services Office beginning Monday, Dec. 2. 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, Dec. 13.


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 December 2019 Commencement ceremonies at Saint Vincent College. This photographer is the only person with clear access to the stage. Parents are invited to the floor, in front of center stage, to take photos when their student’s degree is being conferred. 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. An order form will be included in your ticket packet and is available online at

Graduation Video

The Saint Vincent Office of Marketing and Communications will videotape the ceremony, which will be posted on the College’s YouTube channel approximately two weeks after Commencement. Visit