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A message from President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., on Commencement 2020

Unfortunately, due to the public health situation and state-mandated social distancing protocols we will not be able to hold commencement as scheduled on May 16. As I discuss in my latest video update, a commencement planning committee, including several members of the Class of 2020, is considering alternative dates for an in-person commencement weekend in late summer or early fall, depending on the public health situation. We expect to have an update by June 1.

The committee gathered feedback from students at both our Emmitsburg and Frederick campuses, who overwhelmingly wanted to celebrate together rather than hold a virtual commencement. Diplomas are being mailed to graduating students once grades are finalized after final exams.

I hope many of our graduates will be able to join us for what will be a joy-filled celebration.

Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.
Mount St. Mary's University

Commencement FAQs

When is Commencement?

It is with enormous disappointment that we have made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person Commencement Weekend. We are committed to hosting an in-person Commencement ceremony on campus as soon as it is safe to do so. Our decision is based on federal and state guidance. We are currently in the process of determining the best way to celebrate the Class of 2020 and updates will be made to this page as soon as they are available.

When will I get my diploma?

The university will still confer degrees on May 16, 2020 to all undergraduate and graduate students eligible to graduate. Diplomas and honor cords will be mailed to each graduate’s permanent home address beginning the fourth week of June, 2020.

Do I have to do anything special to participate in commencement when the date is announced?

All graduates will receive information about commencement when appropriate. You will be given the opportunity to reserve tickets and let us know of any special needs you or your family may have at that time.

What about the Senior Formal?

The Commencement planning committee is working to insure the Class of 2020 has a wonderful celebration when we meet. Stay tuned for details.

How will the achievements of the Class of 2020 be recognized?

We will be recognizing the achievements of our spring 2020 graduating class through online social media outlets to highlight our pride in their success. More details will be posted when available.

Senior Surveys

The Senior Survey is open now until May 15. Seniors should check their email or contact us at

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.

Can I reach out to the Career Center after graduation?

The Career Center helps students and alumni alike on their career journey! We remain committed to helping you through this time, if you need help on your future plans.

If you would like an appointment, please submit a request or stop by our virtual hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11am-1pm. Email for Zoom link.

Updated 6.12.20: Can I still purchase the Mount cap and gown?

Yes. Distributor Herff Jones will ship to you the cap and gown.

Please order your cap and gown by July 1, 2020 for to receive in time for your graduation celebration. There will be a limited number of caps & gowns available for purchase at the University Bookstore the day of your graduation celebration. Remember – these will be available on a first come first served basis – quantities are limited – please plan ahead and order online.

Any questions concerning cap and gown orders should be directed to the University Bookstore at 301-447-5271.

Can I get a refund on my cap and gown?

Yes. If you cancel your order prior to receipt or you return it unopened, you can receive a refund. However, we do ask you to consider that you may wish to have the cap and gown for your special graduation photos. Contact Herff Jones.

What is the size of the diploma? Where can I buy a frame for it?

The Mount’s bachelor diploma measures 8.5 in. (21.5 cm) high by 11 in. (27.9 cm) wide; masters diplomas measure 11 in. (27.9 cm) high by 14 in. (35.5 cm) wide. Diploma frames are available at the Mount Bookstore or you can order from – then search for Mount St. Mary’s University.

Can I still order a class ring?

You can order a class ring at any time! Visit for more information.