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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 2022 as we celebrate their achievements and send them on their paths of living lives of significance.

Dates

Friday, May 13

  • ROTC Commissioning - 10 AM
    Knott Auditorium, Main Campus
  • Commencement Practice - 1:45 PM
    Knott Auditorium, Main Campus
    Graduates Only
  • School Receptions - 2:30 PM
    McGowan Center, Patriot Hall
  • Baccalaureate Mass - 5 PM
    Arena, Knott ARCC
    Graduate line up for Baccalaureate Mass - 4:30 PM
    Field House, Knott ARCC

Saturday, May 14

  • Commencement Ceremony - 11AM
    Arena, Knott ARCC
    9 AM - Doors Open
    10:00 AM - Graduates line up for procession
    11 AM - Commencement Exercises
    Watch the Livestream

Class of 2022 Spring Calendar

  • May 7, 9-12 - Final Exams
  • May 12 - Senior Formal
  • May 13 - ROTC Commissioning, Baccalaureate Mass
  • May 14 - Commencement

Rev. James Donohue Named 2022 Commencement Speaker

fr. jim donohue

Mount St. Mary’s University will welcome the Rev. James Michael Donohue, C.R., Ph.D., a distinguished Mount theology professor, as the speaker for the 214th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14. Donohue, affectionately known as Fr. Jim to the Mount community, will be honored with a doctorate of humane letters in recognition of his service to the university, his order and the local and global communities.

Read the full story

Additional Information

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.

Graduate Dress Code

Dress code for graduates is cap, gown, hood, black tassel and summer Sunday best; this 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 ordering of academic regalia has closed. The bookstore will have cap, gown, hood and tassel available for purchase one week prior to commencement. An email will be sent to seniors when they are available; sizing will be on a first-come first-served basis.

If you need information about your cap & gown, please call the University Bookstore at 301-447-5271.

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

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 posters, banners, balloons or noisemakers are permitted.

Tickets

Ticket are required to attend the commencement ceremony in the Knott Arena. Every undergraduate and graduate student will receive 5 tickets; these were distributed at the Commencement Fair in April. If you did not pick up your commencement tickets they are available for Graduate students at the Frederick Campus; Undergraduate students can pick up tickets at the Office of University Operations - Room 150 McGowan Center.

Remote student tickets will be sent after the Commencement Fair.

Additional Ticket and Special Accommodations

All extra tickets have been reserved, there are no additional tickets available. Special seating accommodations are available upon request using the 2022 Commencement Extra Tickets and Special Accommodations form. The reserved special seating section is located on the Knott Arena floor directly behind the graduates.

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.

VISITORS PARKING, HANDICAP PARKING AND MORE

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.

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.

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.

Watch the Livestream

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.

Baccalaureate Mass

  • Friday, May 13 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.

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

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.

Contact Us

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

Last updated: May 9, 2022.

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