Commencement 2018

Event Schedule

Commencement Rehearsal

Thursday, May 17, Kaplan Recreation Center
Commencement rehearsal is required in order to participate in graduation. Graduates must attend without exception. If you miss rehearsal, you will not be able to participate in the Commencement exercises. 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 students is 1:30 pm; adult bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates will rehearse at 6:00 pm. Academic hoods and tassels will be distributed at rehearsal. Graduates must stay until the end of rehearsal.

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 18, 3:00 pm, Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary, Dominican Center
Principal Celebrant: Fr. Gregoire Fluet, Ph.D., Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry
Commencement celebrations begin with a Baccalaureate Mass for graduates, their friends and families. 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 2018

Friday, May 18, 4:00 pm, Dominican Center Patio, directly following 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 2018, 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 19, 9:00 am, Hudson 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 19, 10:15 am, Begins at Hudson Hall

Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 19, immediately following the procession, Kaplan Recreation Center
The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. The ceremony will start with a processional from Hudson 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 or by calling 845-569-3627.