Commencement 2020

Event Schedule

Commencement Rehearsal

Thursday, May 14, 2020 Aquinas Hall Theatre
Commencement rehearsal is required in order to participate in graduation. Rehearsal is mandatory. Please plan now to take any time off work necessary and/or arrange for child and elder care during that time. The rehearsal for traditional undergraduate students is 1:30 pm; adult bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates will rehearse at 6:00 pm. Academic hoods will be distributed at rehearsal. Staff will be on hand at that time to address last minute concerns.

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 15, 2020 3:00 pm, Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary in the Dominican Center
Commencement celebrations begin with a Baccalaureate Mass for graduates, their friends and families. Principal Celebrant: Fr. Gregoire Fluet, Ph.D., Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry. Fr. Greg requests that all graduates attending mass wear their graduation gowns. Graduates are not required to bring their caps to the Baccalaureate Mass.

Class Picture and Toast to the Class of 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020 4:00 pm, Dominican Center Patio
Directly following the Baccalaureate Mass
This is a time to reminisce and to celebrate your time at Mount Saint Mary College with the people who have supported you along the way! The Office of Alumni Affairs will offer a special toast to the Class of 2020, welcoming you as the newest members of the Mount Saint Mary College Alumni Association. The event is open to all graduating seniors, and their families. A champagne toast will be available for those with ID. All graduates should wear their gowns for the class picture.

Graduate Line-up and Vesting

Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am, Aquinas Hall
Graduates may begin arriving at Aquinas Hall at 9:00 am. Please do not arrive any later than 9:30 am. Line-up begins promptly at 10:00 am. Important note: Seating for guests who have Commencement tickets will not be available until 9:00 am. Please inform your guests before they arrive on campus.

Academic Procession

Saturday, May 16, 10:15 am, Begins at Aquinas Hall

Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 16, immediately following the procession, Dominican Center field
The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. The ceremony will start with a processional from Aquinas Hall. This will be followed by speakers, conferral of hoods, the confirmation of degrees, and then personal congratulations, where each graduate’s name will be read as he/she walks across the stage. Graduates are expected to remain at Commencement until the ceremony concludes.

For additional information, please see the Commencement Guide. Specific questions can be addressed by emailing