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Commencement

FAQs: Class of 2020 Graduation Celebrations

The August 5 celebration will be held outdoors at Founder's Plaza.

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. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies and through the commencement website.

When and where are the Graduation Celebrations?

May graduates are invited to participate in the summer commencement events scheduled for July 29, July 30, August 3, and August 5 at 6:30 p.m. each day.

The celebrations will be located at Founder's Plaza in front of the Terrace.

Do I need to RSVP for one of the Graduation Celebrations?

Because of the COVID-19 protocols in place all graduates and guests MUST RSVP to the graduation celebration. All graduates will receive an email about the graduation celebrations with dates and instructions for RSVP. You MUST reserve tickets (limit graduate + 4 guests) and let us know of any special needs you or your family may have at that time.

If you did not receive the graduation email, contact Maureen Plant at mplant@msmary.edu to receive your invitation.

What if I need more than 4 guest tickets? What if I do not need all 4 guest tickets?

Following COVID-19 guidelines, you and your guests will be seated together, therefore the tickets you reserve are not transferrable (you cannot share with other graduates).

Our graduation celebrations are limited in size, therefore, we cannot offer more than 4 guest tickets to each graduate.

What COVID-19 protocols is the Mount following and what will graduates and guests have to do before attending?

  1. Everyone who attends a Graduation Celebration MUST complete the Mount St. Mary’s University COVID-19 Health Questionnaire and agree to have their temperature taken upon arrival on campus. Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the questions or has a temperature at or above 100.4ºF (or higher) is not permitted on campus.
  2. We ask that each graduate and their guest arrive in one car if possible.
  3. Everyone must stop at Public Safety first for the health screening before proceeding on campus for parking.
  4. Everyone must follow all campus directives to keep each attendee safe while on campus.
  5. Everyone must wear a face-covering or mask while on campus.
  6. Everyone must adhere to the six foot social distancing protocol and keep a six-foot distance from others while on campus.

When will I receive my graduation tickets?

Two days before your Graduation Celebration, you will receive an email with:

  1. Tickets for you and your guests – Please print your tickets and have them available for check-in.
  2. COVID-19 Health Questionnaire – online versionprint version – If you prefer the printed version, please print the questionnaire for you and your guests and have each person fill it out the day of your celebration before arriving on campus.

Can I still purchase the Mount cap and gown?

Yes – caps and gowns can still be purchased directly through the University Bookstore. Any questions concerning cap and gown orders should be directed to the University Bookstore at 301-447-5271.

What should I wear?

Graduates – cap & gown – don’t forget to bring any honor cords you earned!

Guests – Summer business casual.

Our graduation celebrations will be held outdoors please dress for the weather – summers are hot in Maryland!

Will there be locations open on campus for photos after the celebrations?

Guests are invited to spend time on campus after each celebration to take photos or picnic. The apartment quad will be available for families to safely gather.

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

Achievements of the Class of 2020 have been recognized throughout the spring and early summer through online social media outlets to highlight our pride in their success.

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, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Email careercenter@msmary.edu for the Zoom link.

When will I get my diploma?

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

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 framingsuccess.com – 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 balfour.com for more information.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

If you have more questions, please call Maureen Plant, director of university operations, at 301-447-5621 or email at mplant@msmary.edu.