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Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020

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Graduates, administrators, faculty, staff, and guests will all be socially distanced at all times during Commencement events.  Processions in and out of events will also be socially distanced.  Masks will be required for all in attendance, including those participating and working the events.

Graduation information for participating students

Friday, July 24  

Baccalaureate Mass (Begins at 7:00 p.m.)

  • Arrive by 6:30 p.m.
  • Graduates will wear gowns & honor cords – NO CAPS, NO HOODS
  • Graduates line up in the Alma Grace McDonough Center in random order, socially distanced six feet apart.

Saturday, July 25

Photography Session (8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)

  • Prestige will be set up at the Alma Grace McDonough Center to take individual photos of graduates
  • No appointment needed & there will be no charge for the photo, just report to them in your cap & gown

Commencement (Begins at 10:30 a.m.)

  • Arrive by 9:30 a.m.
  • Graduating students will check-in and line up in the gymnasium of the Alma Grace McDonough Center
  • Remember to bring cap, gown, hood, and any cords and/or other awards
  • All persons attending commencement ceremonies, besides the graduating student, will need to proceed to the Bishop Schmitt Field to be directed to your reserved seating section
  • Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. and masks will be provided at gates along with infrared thermal temperature screening
  • At 10:25 a.m., no one will be permitted to enter the field until after the procession has finished

General Information

  • Graduates need to give phones, purses, cameras, etc. to parents or other family members – these items cannot be carried during the procession for Baccalaureate or Commencement
  • Security will be directing parking after 5:00 p.m. on Friday through Saturday morning
  • Parking will be difficult on Saturday morning.  Please tell family and friends to arrive early to allow sufficient time to park and enter Bishop Schmitt Field.
  • Seating for guests with disabilities will be available.  Please notify the President’s Office prior to arrival so that arrangements may be made by calling 304-243-2233