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Commencement at the Abbey

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Commencement 2020 will be held Saturday, May 16th at 11 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.

In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Wheeler Center Auxiliary Gymnasium and students will be limited to two guests

Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, May 16th at 9 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.

Cocktail Reception will be held on Friday, May 15th.

Graduation Fair

The Graduation Fair is TBD.

Items for Sale:
Cap and gown
Announcements
Frames
Senior pictures will be taken at this time to be purchased

If a student would like to participate in the ring ceremony, ring orders  must be placed by March 4th at the Graduation Fair.
The Ring Ceremony will take place on TBD in the Basilica.

More information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Commencement Information

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement rehearsal is required in order to participate in graduation. Graduates must attend without exception. If you miss rehearsal, you will not be able to participate in the commencement exercises. Please plan now to take any time off work necessary and/or arrange for child and elder care during that time. Children and other guests may not attend rehearsal.

Graduation rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Complete Student Schedule

*All students are required to attend Rehearsal*

Friday, May 15th, 9:00 a.m.
gather on Abbey Lane

  • Line up on Abbey Lane and process to graduate seating
  • Ceremony Walk-through
  • Recessional

Note:  Rehearsal will last approximately two hours.  Students must stay until the end of rehearsal to receive important information for the next day’s events.

Saturday, May 16th, 9:00 a.m. (line up 8:30 a.m.)
Baccalaureate Mass

  • Line up on Abbey Lane in the same lines as rehearsal
  • Caps and Gowns are required for the Baccalaureate Mass
  • Do not wear hoods
  • In the case of inclement weather line up in Wheeler Center

Saturday, May 16th, 11 a.m. (line up at 10:30 a.m.)
Commencement Exercises

  • Line up on Abbey Lane in the same lines as the rehearsal to receive your name card.  IMPORTANT:  You must take your name card with you to the stage.
  • In the case of inclement weather line up in Wheeler Center

Saturday, May 16th, immediately following ceremony
Pick up diploma

    • Students who have met all degree requirements may pick up their actual diploma in Stowe, room 102 The office will remain open until 2:00 p.m. for diploma pick up.

Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are exclusive to the bookstore.  Stop by the College Bookstore on or before April 1 to be fitted for your regalia (gown, hood, cap, and tassel). The color of your hood is based on your degree. Cost is is $97.92 plus tax. Honors cords are available for student’s who have qualified through the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society may purchase cords for $16.98.  All students obtaining Latin honors will be given an honor cord furnished by the college. Please call 704-461-6819 or email