The Commencement Fair is where graduates, who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, will pick up their caps and gowns, honor cords, and tickets and will complete the senior survey.
Main Campus: April 11 & 12 • 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Mount Café)
Frederick Campus: April 6 & 7 • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Caps and gowns are exclusive to the bookstore. The bookstore will have all graduation attire at the Commencement Fair. All you need to know is your height and your degree! Gowns are sized based on height alone. The color of your hood is based on degree.
Online Cap & Gown Purchase will end on Tuesday March 1, 2016.
In store Cap & Gown Purchase will begin on Monday April 11, 2016 during the Commencement Fair.
The Bookstore will have Cap & Gowns in stock at the Bookstore April 11 to May 15.
Any questions concerning cap and gown orders should be directed to the Bookstore at (301) 447-5271.
Complete Set $89.98
Complete Set $99.98
Cap, Gown and Tassel $53.98
Cap, Gown and Tassel $58.98
Hood alone $35.98
Hood alone $40.98
Cap alone $10.98
Cap alone $10.98
Tassel alone $6.98
Tassel alone $6.98
Gown alone $37.98
Gown alone $41.98
Honors cords will be available for eligible graduates.
Diploma frames in 3 styles available at the Bookstore.
Windsor-high gloss cherry finish with a gold inner bevel.
Prestige-satin black finish with beautiful gold accents.
Classic- rich burnished cherry finish.
Graduation is a formal academic occasion and should be viewed as such in dress and demeanor. The recommended dress is similar to what you would wear to a formal interview. Thus, you should be mindful of the following considerations:
Dress clothing, preferably black or navy.
Black dress shoes (or some other dark color).
The gown should be mid-calf.
No jewelry on or over the gown. (Some students may have honor cords or medals.)
No flowers on the academic robe, and no flowers are to be carried.
The mortarboard (academic hat) is to be worn with the front point over the forehead below the front hairline, so the flat board is parallel to the floor. (Not worn on the back of the head with the board pointing upward.) No decoration of any kind is to be placed on the mortarboard!
Honors students will have honor cords given at the same time as the cap/gown pickup.
Candidates should come into the auditorium with the tassel on the right, hanging near the right eye. After the degrees are conferred, the tassel is shifted to the left side. The signal for shifting the tassel will be given by the President (and/or your faculty marshal).
In order to protect the dignity of the ceremony, guests will not be permitted close to the stage for pictures. A professional photographer will take a picture of each senior receiving a diploma. Proofs of these pictures will be sent to each senior in June.
Candidates should not chew gum.
Candidates should not have personal belongings in their possession during the commencement ceremony. No cell phones or cameras allowed! Please leave valuables with family or friends.
Air horns or other noisemaking devices are not permitted by graduates or guests and will be confiscated. Balloons and banners are not permitted inside the Knott Arena during commencement. Photography is allowed from the seat only.
Graduation ceremonies are, by their very nature, festive occasions. The festivity manifests itself in many ways, including the dress of students and faculty adorned in academic regalia, and the warmth, joy and satisfaction of accomplishment. The ceremonies are also marked by seriousness where the actual conferring of degrees signifies long, hard work on the part of everyone involved: students, faculty, administrators, parents and spouses. As a consequence of the serious nature of the ceremony, students are expected to maintain a measure of decorum consonant with the occasion. Students are expected to return to their seats after receiving their diploma and to remain seated for the rest of the ceremony. No balloons, banners or noisemakers are permitted.
A class ring representative will be available during the Commencement Fair, or rings can be ordered from the link below. Several weeks lead time is required to a class ring so if you would like it before graduation, please order early.
Please call the Bookstore at (301) 447-5271 with any specific attire, ring, announcement, or frame questions.
Students may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones online. Announcements are shipped within two to three weeks.
Completing the Senior Surveys has been a part of Mount St. Mary's graduation process for many years. Various offices within the University use the information from the surveys to improve student life, career center services, and the overall college experience. Completing the surveys entitles the senior to enter into a drawing to win one of several prizes.
Get to Mass and ceremony early to reserve seats and obtain parking. Parking lots fill up quickly! (Campus map)
Students should gradually start to pack and clean rooms over the last couple weeks prior to Commencement rather than waiting until the last moment.
Make sure at least a week before Commencement that you have all items for your cap and gown (including tassel, honor cords, medals, etc.)
Make sure you have the correct number of tickets for those attending the ceremony.
Make accommodations for elderly attendees. The Arena can get very hot and could be dangerous for those who are sensitive to heat.
Pick a designated place for your family and friends to meet after the graduation ceremony. Finding them can be chaotic.
Tickets are required for the main Commencement exercises in the Knott Arena. Any number of additional seats is available in the Knott Auditorium, where the commencement exercises will be live streamed. Tickets for Commencement are distributed to students at the Commencement Fair in April. Every undergraduate and graduate student will receive 6* tickets for Commencement in the Knott Arena. Students may request extra tickets, or direct family and friends to the additional viewing location in the Knott Auditorium.
- Commencement in Knott Arena - Tickets are required for this location. See the Knott Arena Seating Layout for more details regarding seating.
- Knott Auditorium (Simulcast) - This auxiliary venue featuring a real-time web cast will be available on the main campus in the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium for guests beyond the 6 ticket limit. This venue offers a less formal atmosphere, with air conditioning and easy access to restrooms, etc. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets are required.
- Online - Watch Commencement in the comfort of your home via LiveStream. The live Webcast is set to begin shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
Accommodations for persons unable to do steps, sit in bleachers or with disabilities are available upon request. The reserved special seating section is located directly on the Knott Arena floor behind the graduates. To reserve seats for your party in this section, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate how many seats you need reserved, the Graduate’s last name and whether or not space is needed for wheelchair access.
Seating in the Knott Auditorium on main campus is comfortable and handicapped accessible. Those with young children or mobility issues may wish to view the commencement ceremony live streamed to this location.
If you have or are requesting extra tickets, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Requests are limited to 2 extra tickets per graduate, and will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.
All graduating students currently living on campus will be permitted to stay in their own rooms through graduation weekend. If you need to make arrangements for accommodations, here is a list of hotels.
Visitor parking is available in all lots on campus. Public Safety will direct traffic at the PNC Sports Complex. Note that if you are traveling southbound on Route 15 the main entrance to the PNC Sports Complex will be blocked to move traffic more efficiently; all traffic will be directed to the next turn-around.
Overflow, and easy access parking will be available on the main, west-end of campus, across Route 15 in parking lots 8 and 10. Visitors using these lots may access the athletic, east-end of campus via the pedestrian underpass.
Handicapped parking is available. Public Safety will direct cars with handicapped parking signs as space allows.
Please note that all guests attending the Commencement Ceremony will be directed to the main, west entrance to the Knott ARCC. The back, east entrance is for handicapped drop-off only. Public Safety will direct cars to the back entrance to allow guests with mobility issues to be dropped-off. Cars will then be directed to park in one of the lots. For any persons entering the back, east entrance, a ticket is required for entry.
Family members may pre-order flowers for graduates online through Commencement Flowers. All online orders will be available for pickup on site commencement day. To retrieve your order, please stop by the booth located conveniently at the entrance to commencement before the ceremony begins.