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Commencement

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For more than 200 years the Mount has been graduating ethical leaders, making the commencement ceremony one of the most notable moments of your student career. We hope your big day runs smoothly and allows you to reflect on everything you have accomplished. We are pleased to announce that this year's graduates will celebrate their achievements and be sent off on their paths of living lives of significance at four smaller-scale commencement ceremonies on May 15 and 16.

Ceremonies

Commencement will take place on campus on Saturday, May 15, 2021, and Sunday, May 16, 2021. There will be four commencement celebrations to allow for proper social distancing and adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Commencement Dates and Times

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. – View the Livestream
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 4 p.m. – View the Livestream
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 10 a.m. – View the Livestream
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 4 p.m. – View the Livestream
  • Viewing the Ceremony – Any guest who does not have a ticket can view it at Knott Auditorium where each ceremony will be livestreamed. The ceremonies can also be viewed on your personal computer. These recordings will be available to view after the ceremonies.

Commencement Program

Baccalaureate Mass

  • Thursday, May 13 at 5 p.m. – Knott Arena
  • Viewing Baccalaureate Mass – The Mass can be viewed on your personal computer. These recordings will be available to view after the ceremonies. – View the Livestream
  • Graduates and their families are invited to attend. The Graduate Hooding Ceremony will be held after communion. This is a long-standing tradition you will not want to miss.
  • Graduates are offered open seating on the arena floor; families are invited to sit in family units in the marked seating in the bleacher sections.
  • Graduates should wear their cap with tassel and gown and bring your hood. When you arrive at the arena, please enter, and take a seat.

ROTC Commissioning

  • Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. – Knott Auditorium.

Senior Class Celebration

  • Friday, May 14 – This is a senior-only event! No guests will be admitted.
  • 5-8 p.m. – Carnival on Echo Field.
  • 6-9 p.m. – Emmit's Street Eats.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight – A Night on the Mount at the PAC.

Weekend Campus Mass Schedule

  • Saturday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 16 at 8 a.m.

Weekend Bookstore Schedule

  • Friday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 16 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Meal Plans

Student meal plans will be extended through lunch of your commencement date. Throughout the weekend, Patriot Hall will be open for students only.

Intent to Graduate

Undergraduates and master candidates who have completed the “Intent to Graduate” form and indicated that they will attend the in-person ceremony are invited to commencement.

Tickets

  • Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we allowed four (4) guests per student. With the health and safety of our guests in mind, we cannot increase the number of tickets available per graduate.
  • All tickets have been distributed. If you have not received your tickets, please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@msmary.edu.
  • Everyone must have a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony.
  • Tickets are uniquely assigned and are non-transferable.
  • If you do not have a ticket, you are welcome to view the commencement ceremony in Knott Auditorium via live stream broadcast.

Graduate Dress Code

Academic regalia is required to walk in commencement. Caps and gowns are sold exclusively through Herff Jones, a partner of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Online purchases will be shipped directly to you. Online ordering is now closed. If you need information about your cap & gown, please call the University Bookstore at 301-447-5271.

Dress code for graduates is cap, gown, hood, black tassel and summer Sunday best. Dress code for guests is summer Sunday best. Please be mindful of the weather forecast. Dress accordingly.

To preserve the field at Waldron Stadium, no spiked heels are allowed.

Name Pronunciation

Graduates can help us pronounce their name correctly when receiving their diploma by taking the following steps:

  1. Make a recording (audio or video) of how you want your name to be pronounced. Please keep the recording short.
  2. Send the recording from your Mount email so that we may file your pronunciation electronically.
  3. Send that recording to myname@msmary.edu.

Location

In order to accommodate social distancing requirements, commencement will take place at Waldron Family Stadium on the east side of the Mount campus, which offers bleacher seating for our guests.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Knott Arena at the ARCC. We will communicate to all graduates by email 24 hours before your ceremony and on this page.

Overflow seating with live-streaming of each ceremony will be available at the Knott Auditorium located on the west side of campus.

Special Accommodations

Accommodations for persons who are unable to climb steps, sit in bleachers or with disabilities are available upon request. Please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@msmary.edu or (301) 447-5621 for more information. Please specify your graduate's name and accommodation needs.

Livestream

Commencement will be live-streamed for students and families who do not attend in person. Guests who are on campus can view the ceremonies at the Knott Auditorium, located on the west side of campus. Doors open one hour before each ceremony.

Health and Safety / COVID-19 Protocols

The Class of 2021 commencement celebrations included thorough planning that considers each graduate and the COVID-19 guidelines developed by the university in compliance with state and local directives and recommendations. Masks will be required and physical distancing guidelines will be observed at all events.

Every individual (graduates and guests) who attend our commencement ceremonies events MUST complete the Mount St. Mary’s University COVID-19 Health Questionnaire. Students can complete the health survey electronically using the link sent from Student Life as you normally do.

Visitor Health Survey – English Version | Spanish Version

Please remember, the questionnaire must be completed on the day of your scheduled event. Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the screening questions is not permitted on campus.

Everyone must wear a face-covering or mask while on campus and at each commencement ceremony.

Everyone must adhere to the 6’ physical distancing protocol by keeping 6’ distance from others while on campus, unless among family or campus living unit.

Commencement Modifications

All commencement plans are subject to change at any time due to health concerns, and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present.

The university will continue to monitor the public health situation and state guidelines and should circumstances change significantly, the university may need to adjust the schedule. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies and on this page.

If you have any questions, please call the Commencement hotline at 301-447-5621 or email commencement@msmary.edu.

Commencement Ceremony Instructions

Graduates

Location – Waldron Stadium

  1. Graduates must be at the stadium one (1) hour prior to your ceremony for check-in. 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremonies, 3 p.m. for the 4 p.m. ceremonies.
  2. The procession will begin promptly at 15 minutes before the commencement start time. 9:45 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremonies, 3:45 p.m. for the 4 p.m. ceremonies.
  3. We encourage graduates to walk to the ceremony. For those with limited mobility, please park in ARCC Lots A, B, C, D then proceed to the stadium. Parking at Waldron Stadium is limited. Parking spaces are reserved for handicap parking and for guests.
  4. Graduates, enter the stadium at the north east entrance which is accessed through the Waldron Stadium parking lot. There will be signs to guide you.
  5. There will be water and trail mix available for you and water at your seat.
  6. When you check in, you will receive your reading card – this card has the graduate’s name, degree and honors listed. It is important that each graduate keep this with them. The graduate will hand this card to the faculty name reader as they cross the commencement stage.
  7. Graduates will proceed to their seats by following the faculty marshall's direction. Graduate seating is on the field; all seats are socially distanced.
  8. The faculty marshall will guide you through the ceremony. When it is your time to receive your diploma*, you will proceed to the stage, hand your name card to the faculty marshall, cross the stage, receive your diploma* and congratulations. When you are at the center of the stage, please pause with President Trainor and exit the stage. As you exit the stage, please pause again as there will be a photographer there to take your photo. You should then return to your seat.
  9. We anticipate each ceremony will be 90 minutes long.
  10. To comply with COVID-19 protocols, graduates and their guests are encouraged to exit the stadium area immediately following the ceremony.

*Please note, graduates will receive a padded diploma folder at the ceremony, the actual diploma will be mailed to the graduate from the Registrar’s Office after final grades are recorded.

Guests

Location – Waldron Stadium

  1. Each graduate was allotted four (4) guest tickets. If there are additional guests in your party they can view the graduation in Knott Auditorium via Livestream. Knott Auditorium will open at 9 a.m.
  2. Guest seating is set in groups of four (4). The bleachers are clearly marked.
  3. Doors to Waldron Stadium will open one hour before your ceremony. 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremonies, 3 p.m. for the 4 p.m. ceremonies.
  4. There will be parking assistants and signs at the ARCC to guide you for parking. General guest parking in Lots A, B, C, D, E, F, 12 and 14. Handicap parking will be available at the Waldron Stadium Lot. Please refer to the our Campus Map for details.
  5. Guests will enter the stadium at the main gate which is right off College Lane. Anyone needing assistance can be dropped off at the main entrance to Waldron Stadium. Please have your tickets and COVID-19 Health Survey ready for admission. (Graduates will gather separately at the north east lawn at Waldron Stadium).
  6. Seating is available for those who require special accommodations. Commencement assistants will be available to help.
  7. There will be water and trail mix available to you during the ceremony.
  8. We anticipate each ceremony will be 90 minutes long.
  9. To comply with COVID-19 protocols, graduates and their guests are encouraged to exit the stadium area immediately following the ceremony.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please call the Commencement hotline at 301-447-5621 or email commencement@msmary.edu.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2021.