• Virtual Degree Conferral: Saturday, May 9, 2020

    Virtual Degree Ceremony: Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 11 a.m.

    Despite the postponement of the on-campus Commencement ceremony, more than 330 Saint Vincent College bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients will be recognized on May 9 with a special virtual event.

    Saturday’s virtual commencement will provide an opportunity to celebrate the 2020 Saint Vincent graduates on the official date of the conferral of their degrees. The online celebration will involve traditional ceremonial components, including formal remarks and conferral of degrees for undergraduate and graduate students, and will also include messages from Saint Vincent College administrators, faculty, students and alumni.  

    The virtual ceremony will be available for viewing here and on the SVC YouTube channel at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

  • Update Regarding Commencement Plans for Class of 2020
    Posted April 29, 2020
    Commencement will take place on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium. Below is a brief timeline of events for that day.

    Rescheduled Spring 2020 Commencement
    Sunday, September 27
    11 a.m. – Baccalaureate Mass in the Performing Arts Center
    Noon – President’s Reception
    2 p.m. – Commencement Begins

    ALL GRADUATING SENIORS: It is imperative that you complete this form regarding Commencement by Friday, May 8. This information will be used to communicate with you in the coming months: https://hipaa.jotform.com/201122957844052

    Graduating seniors will be receiving follow-up communication in the near future regarding these plans and staying in touch during the coming months. For your reference, we have posted FAQs for Commencement below.

    Finally, we are continuing to work on plans for a virtual recognition of our graduating seniors to be released on May 9, the originally scheduled date for our annual Spring Commencement. More to come for that soon.

  • Commencement FAQs
    Q: What are the postponed ceremony details?
    Commencement will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium. Should directives from local, state or federal authorities prohibit large gatherings at the time of Commencement, alternative arrangements will be made and communicated appropriately. However, it is our intention that Commencement will take place on Sunday, September 27 and we are moving forward with this plan.
    Q: Will there be a Baccalaureate Mass on the day of commencement?
    Yes, prior to the ceremony on Sunday, September 27, a Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 11 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A President’s Reception will follow the Mass at Noon.

    Q: Will there be any type of celebration on May 9, 2020?
    We are currently working on plans to virtually recognize our graduates on May 9. Continue to check your SVC email for more information.

    Q: Who will be the Commencement speaker?
    Jeri Eckhart Queenan will be the speaker. She was originally scheduled to give the Commencement address this spring and has graciously accepted our invitation to join us for the ceremony in the fall. She is a senior Partner at The Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and injustice. Jeri has held leadership positions in the private, public, nonprofit and faith sectors, tackling society’s most pressing problems. A former trustee of Saint Vincent College and Seminary, she is deeply involved in revitalization of the Catholic Church and deeply committed to the Benedictine community.

    Q: Can I receive a refund of my graduation fee?  
    The graduation fee is non-refundable and covers costs related to the purchase of diplomas, academic attire, etc. and must be paid regardless of whether or not the graduate chooses to participate in the commencement ceremony.
    Q: I’ve already completed the graduation registration form. Do I need to complete a different form?
    All eligible graduates are asked to complete a new form so that they will continue to receive important commencement information beyond May. Registration for the September ceremony will take place this summer and exact dates will be communicated at the appropriate time. To ensure we are able to remain in contact beyond May 9, please complete the form at this link at your earliest convenience by Friday, May 8: https://hipaa.jotform.com/201122957844052
    Q: I didn’t complete the May registration form and registration is closed. How can I order my academic attire and other graduation materials?
    You will be contacted by the Event and Conference Services office to verify your need for academic attire. You will also need to complete the new form mentioned above at this link: https://hipaa.jotform.com/201122957844052
    Q: Will degrees be conferred on time without a commencement ceremony?
    Yes, degrees will be conferred upon completion of the spring semester, provided that students have satisfied all necessary requirements for graduating. Commencement will serve as the ceremonial celebration of the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

    Q: What is the official date of degree conferral?
    The date of conferral will remain May 9, 2020. That date will be on the diploma, transcript, and officially recorded with all reporting agencies.
    Q: When will I receive my diploma?
    Diplomas will be mailed in June, assuming that the stay-at-home order is lifted. Anyone needing an official verification of graduation may contact the Registrar’s Office.
    Q: How do I get an official copy of my transcript?
    Graduates will receive an official transcript in the mail with their diplomas. Students can order transcripts online at https://www.stvincent.edu/academics and press the Order A Transcript button. Transcripts showing degree completion will not be available until June. The Registrar can provide an official letter of completion upon request before that time.
    Q: Can I put on my resume and/or job application that I am a May 2020 graduate of Saint Vincent College?
    Yes. Postponing commencement only means that we will be celebrating the Class of 2020 at a later date. Your degree will be conferred at the end of the spring semester.
    Q: When will I receive my academic attire?
    Cap, gown and tassel will be mailed to you at the address you confirm on this form: https://hipaa.jotform.com/201122957844052

    Q: Will tickets be limited?
    Based on the information gathered in the new form, a new ticket limit will be determined this summer and communicated prior to opening new ticket registration.
    Q: Will August graduates be included in the September ceremony?
    August graduates may participate in either the September or December commencement ceremony. Details regarding that process for August graduates will be communicated in the near future.
    Q: How do I receive my honors cords/study abroad sash?
    Study abroad sashes will be shipped. Students should contact the representative for their Honor Society for information regarding honors cords.
    Q: Will other events for the Class of 2020 be held on Homecoming weekend?
    We are planning for a special event on-campus on Friday evening. Additional details will be announced in the near future.
    Q: Will there be a commencement rehearsal?
    At this time and due to the busy schedule on Homecoming Weekend, there are no plans for a commencement rehearsal. Prior to the ceremony, graduates will be given detailed instructions for Commencement.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact commencement@stvincent.edu.
  • April 7, 2020: Commencement Update from SVC President Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B.

    Commencement Update

    To all graduating students, please see the letter and video from SVC President Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., regarding the plans for commencement:

    Dear Bearcats,

    Recently, much of the information we have shared regarding COVID-19 and the impact on our campus has been to announce changes to our campus experience and the postponement or cancellation of events.

    This message, however, will hopefully bring something for our students to look forward to, particularly our class of 2020 and their families. As we shared with you previously, all College-sponsored events through May 9 are either canceled or postponed. That timeline includes our spring commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 9.

    In examining opportunities to move commencement to a new date, and after discussing our options with students, faculty and administration, we are now planning for a commencement ceremony during our 2020 Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27.

    At this point, there is still much to be determined, primarily the exact date and time for the ceremony, as well as how this may impact our schedule of events for Homecoming. We are also cognizant that the situation with COVID-19 is ever-changing and there is no way to predict the length of time that this crisis will last. We remain hopeful that planning for a ceremony in the fall will allow us to hold commencement with so many Bearcats, families, loved ones and friends on campus to celebrate.

    I also want to assure our graduating seniors that they will still receive their degrees in May, provided they have completed the necessary graduation requirements prior to the end of the semester. The only change that comes with moving commencement to a later date is when we are celebrating the many achievements of the class of 2020.  

    As we further develop these plans for commencement and Homecoming, we will continue to communicate with you. We appreciate your patience as we work to properly recognize this graduating class who have been so resilient as their final semester of college ends in a much different manner than anyone anticipated.

    I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy, and you all remain in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community.

    Father Paul