Degree Candidates

Getting Ready for ProcessionAll candidates are to attend the commencement ceremony unless excused by the dean of studies. Graduates will begin to line up in the Performing Arts Center at 10:30 a.m. Degrees will be awarded by school with Doctoral degrees first, then Master’s degrees, followed by Bachelor’s in order by major.

Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods and should wear the tassels of their caps on the left front edge. They will be hooded by their program director when they go to the stage. They will then walk across the stage to receive their diploma.

Bachelor’s recipients wear the tassel on the right front edge of the cap. When the recipient’s name is called, the tassel is to be moved to the left front edge. Br. Norman then confers the degree and presents the diploma.

Each graduate will be photographed with Br. Norman before leaving the stage. When approaching and leaving the stage, follow the directions given at the rehearsal. When the ceremony is over, the faculty will leave the gymnasium first, followed by the graduates.

Graduation Practice - Friday, Dec.16

Graduation practice will be held on Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Anyone who did not obtain academic attire may do so after graduation practice. (See Academic Attire)


Diplomas will be issued to all participating degree candidates. Should you wish to be excused from commencement, you must request permission from the dean of studies. In order to obtain your diploma, arrangements must be made with the registrar's office. Please allow two (2) weeks after commencement for delivery. For additional eligibility details contact the dean of studies at 724-805-2049 or the registrar's office at 724-805-2889.

Graduation Degree Requirements

In order to receive a degree, a student must have satisfied all academic requirements and fulfilled all financial obligations to the College as noted under “Graduation Requirements” of the College Bulletin. Additionally, all borrowed books must be returned to the Library and students must satisfy all outstanding charges with the business office (i.e., parking tickets, library fines, etc.)


Graduates before CeremonyAll degree candidates must confirm their plans to participate in commencement by Sunday, Oct. 30, with the dean of studies office through the online commencement form. Questions pertaining to eligibility to participate should be directed to Ms. Alice J. Kaylor, dean of studies, at 724-805-2049.

Academic Attire

Academic attire may be picked up in the event and conference services office beginning Monday, Dec. 5, between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Bachelor’s hoods will be distributed to seniors. Master’s students will receive their hoods during the commencement ceremony. Please keep in mind that academic attire is boxed and will need to be ironed or steamed. Therefore, we suggest obtaining your attire early.

Graduation Announcements

Graduates should pick up their announcements and name cards in the event and conference services office beginning Monday, Dec. 5. Name cards and announcements will only be printed for those students who order them during Phase One of the ticketing process through the online commencement form. Extra announcements will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for students who request them.

Honor Tassels and Dean's List Certificates

Dean’s List certificates and honor tassels will be distributed immediately after graduation practice on Friday, Dec. 16.


Commencement programs will be available upon entering the ceremony. Students, faculty and administrators will have programs on their seats.

Official Photographer

Ken Brooks will be the official photographer for December 2016 Commencement ceremonies at Saint Vincent College. This photographer is the only person with clear access to the stage. Parents are invited to the floor, in front of center stage, to take photos when their student’s degree is being conferred.  Each graduate will receive one complimentary 5” x 7” photo.  Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase additional photos.    An order form will be included in your ticket packet and is available online at   Additional forms will be available in the Carey Center at the reception after the ceremony.  Checks for pictures should be made payable to Ken Brooks, Photographer.

Graduation Video        

The Saint Vincent Office of Marketing and Communications will also be videotaping the ceremony, which will be posted on the College’s YouTube channel approximately two weeks after Commencement. Visit