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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.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 as we prepare to celebrate their achievements and send them on their paths of living lives of significance.

Countdown to Commencement

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Friday, May 12, 2023

  • ROTC Commissioning - 10 AM
    Knott Auditorium, Main Campus
  • Commencement Practice - 1:45 PM
    Graduates Only
  • School Receptions - 2:30 PM
  • Baccalaureate Procession - 4:30 PM
  • Baccalaureate Mass - 5 PM
    Arena, Knott ARCC
    Tickets are not needed for the Baccalaureate Mass

Saturday, May 13, 2023

  • Commencement Ceremony - 11AM
    Arena, Knott ARCC
    Tickets needed to attend; Doors open at 10AM  

If you have any questions please contact the Commencement Office at 301-447-5621 or commencement@msmary.edu.

Information for Graduates

COMMENCEMENT FAIR - main campus

April 3 - 10 AM - 4 PM
April 4 - 12 PM - 6 PM

McGowan Center  Lobby
In front of the Bookstore

Seniors are encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair, where they will receive their tickets to graduation and pick up honor cords, senior pins and complete the Senior Survey.

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

Ticket are required to attend the commencement ceremony in the Knott Arena. Every undergraduate and graduate student will receive 5 tickets; these will be distributed at the Commencement Fair in April. 

Graduate Dress Code - cap and gown

Dress code for graduates is cap, gown, hood, black tassel and summer Sunday best; this academic regalia is required to walk in commencement.  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.

Now is the time ot order your cap and gown for Commencement!

Caps and gowns are sold online exclusively through Herff Jones; please visit the Herff Jones  website to purchase your cap, gown and hood, graduation announcements and diploma frames.  For best prices, order online by April 5, 2023; shipping costs increase after this date. The last date to place your order is April 17, 2023.  

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

Dress code for guests is summer Sunday best. Please be mindful of the weather forecast. Dress accordingly.

Name Pronunciation

Make sure your names are pronounced correctly as you walk across the stage in May by taking the following steps:

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

School Receptions

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 2:30 PM

College of Liberal Arts
Phillips Library, Main Floor
R.S.V.P. for the CLA reception by May 5

Bolte School of Business
Knott Academic Center 3rd Floor Atrium
R.S.V.P. for the Bolte School reception

School of Education
Knott Auditorium Main Lobby
R.S.V.P. for the School of Education reception by May 5

School of Natural Science and Mathematics
McGowan Center, Seminary Dining Room
R.S.V.P. for the SNSM reception by May 5

Baccalaureate Mass

  • Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m. – Knott Arena

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.

Family members who are deacons and would like to assist, please contact Fr. Martin Moran at  m.o.moran@msmary.edu by April 15, 2023, as you will need a letter of suitability from your bishop.

FLOWERS AND KEEPSAKE FOR YOUR GRADUATE

The Commencement Group will be at the graduation ceremony offering congratulatory flowers for your graduate. To contribute to a safe and efficient environment for your graduates an online pre-order service is available. By ordering online you can take advantage of a contact-free customer experience by simply picking up your reserved product.

Pre-order your commencement flowers

additional ceremony viewing 

Knott Auditorium (Simulcast) - This auxiliary venue features a real-time web cast and will be available on the Main Campus in the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium for guests beyond the 5 ticket limit.  This venue offers a less formal setting, with air conditioning and easy access to restrooms.  Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, not tickets are required for this venue. 

Special Accommodations

Accommodations for persons who are unable to climb 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. Special Accommodation seats are included in the 5 tickets distributed to each graduate.   
Request special accommodations

PARKING

Visitor Parking
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.

Handicapped Parking
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 enter the building from 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.

Overflow Parking
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.

Directions and Area Information

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 the ceremony.

Class of 2023 Spring Calendar

February 1 - Intent to Graduate Forms Due
February 28 - Career Fair

March 4 - 12 - Spring Break

April 3 & 4 - Commencement Fair
April 6 - 10 - Easter Break
April 19, 20, 21 - SPARC Festival
April 20 - One Mount One Day
April 21 - Academic Award Ceremony
April 24 - Blue & White Athletic Banquet
April 28 - RAMPAGE

May 4 - Senior Sent-Off
May 6, 8 - 10 - Final Exams
May 11 - Senior Formal
May 12 - ROTC Commissioning, Baccalaureate Mass
May 13 - Commencement

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement Office at 301-447-5330 or commencement@msmary.edu.

Last updated: March 28, 2023.