Commencement

Date:  Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Loyola Hall Parking Lot
Length of Ceremony: Approximately 2 hours

2018 Commencement Guide (PDF) - All of the information you need to know!
Baccalaureate Mass
Graduation Application
Graduate Finale
Ticket Information
Last Minute Needs
Student Speaker
Senior Toast & Lecture
Awards
Senior Portraits

Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass is held before Commencement on May 12 starting at 9 a.m. in the Julia Ball Auditorium. All graduates and their families are invited to attend. Check out the Baccalaureate Mass page to learn more information.

Graduation Application

If you are expecting to graduate, you will need to submit a graduation application.

If you are a student on main campus, you can contact:

Suzanne Kolesar, Associate Registrar
215-643-8458, ext. 123 or or kolesar.s@gmercyu.edu 

If you are a student in The School of Graduate and Professional Studies, you can contact:

Jenn Mellon, Associate Registrar for Off-Campus Programs
215-643-8458, ext. 37163 or or mellon.j@gmercyu.edu

Graduate Finale

*Mandatory for ALL Graduates*

Grad Finale is required for all graduates to pick up their cap and gown, graduation announcements and tickets.  You may come at any time during the listed frames below. We attempted to provide a large window of opportunity for your convenience. 

Monday, March 19: 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20 :  3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Main campus, The Griffin Complex, Rotelle Lounge

If you wish to purchase a class ring, please come prepared to make a purchase.  You may wish to visit Jostens.com in order to view ring selections in advance.

In the event that you are unable to travel from a distance, please note that you are permitted to have a family member or friend pick up your regalia and graduation items with your consent.  Note: We will have a "check in" table for this event.

Tickets

Due to limited seating at Commencement, each graduate is given 5 tickets.  If graduates need more than 5 tickets,  Grad Finale is a great opportunity for students to network and ask other grads for tickets that they may not use. Graduates may also reach out to classmates who may not be using all of their tickets. Note: The copying, scanning, or recreation of university commencement tickets is prohibited and will be checked the day of commencement.

If you have concerns about walking, please speak to your advisor who must sign your Permission to Walk Form.

Last Minute Needs Day 

Thursday, April 19 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Main campus, The Griffin Complex, Rotelle Lounge

Final opportunity for graduates to pick up cap and gown, including announcements/tickets.

Student Speaker

Each year, a graduating senior is given the opportunity to deliver an address on behalf of his/her class. If you are interested in being the 2018 Student Speaker at GMercyU's Commencement Ceremony, please read the letter below for the guidelines. The deadline is Wednesday, March 14, 2018. 

Student Speaker Guidelines (PDF)
Student Speaker Topics (PDF)

Senior Toast and Last Lecture

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
4:00 -5:00 p.m.

Location: Assumption Hall

The University hosts a series of events each spring, dedicated just to you, our graduating seniors. One event, the Last Lecture, is a special occasion that you directly affect. You will select the professor whom you most want to speak to you and inspire you, both professionally and personally, as you graduate and move to the next phase of your life. Come to this amazing event hosted by President D’Emilio to celebrate a special time and toast with the “Last Lecturer."

Honors Convocation 

Friday, April 27, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Griffin Complex Gymnasium

Awards

Catherine McAuley Award

Gwynedd Mercy University awards one graduate, each year, the distinguished Catherine McAuley Award (PDF) in recognition of the student’s spirit of service, dedication to Christian values, and generosity in contribution to the good of others.

Please consider nominating a student for this distinguished award from the Class of  2018. Nominations (PDF) can be submitted by faculty, staff, and students, with the awards given at the Honors Convocation in April. If you wish to nominate one or more graduating students, please send your nomination to Becky Gullan via email at gullan.r@gmercyu.edu or hard copy (Connelly Faculty Center, #224).  Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Outstanding Student Leader Award

The Outstanding Student Leader award (PDF) is presented to a Gwynedd Mercy University graduating senior, who will have completed a baccalaureate degree by May 2018 and has provided outstanding leadership and service to the University and fellow students in both non-elected and elected positions, on and off-campus. The recipient is presented with an award at the Honors Convocation and his/her name is placed on a perpetual plaque that is displayed at the University.

Please consider nominating a student for this distinguished award from the Class of 2018. Nominations (PDF) can be submitted by faculty, staff, and students, with the awards given at the Honors Convocation in April. If you wish to nominate one or more graduating students, please send your nomination to Becky Gullan via email at gullan.r@gmercyu.edu or hard copy (Connelly Faculty Center, #224).  Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Alumni Awards

The Awards Committee of the Alumni Association is coordinating nominations for the Alumni Awards for Outstanding Students, presented at Honors Convocation. Please take a moment to identify graduating students whom you feel should receive this year's awards. Deans, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to participate. We would very much appreciate at least one nomination from each School, in each appropriate category.

The three award categories include the following (click to select the nomination form):

In your nominations, please provide as much detailed information as possible so that the committee may make informed decisions during the selection process. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Return completed forms to Gianna Quinn, quinn.g@gmercyu.edu in the Alumni Relations Office. Contact the office with any questions at 215-641-5554 (21554.)

Senior Portraits

Final Portrait Session  
March 21, 2018

To Schedule: Log onto www.ouryear.com, school code 280 or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR(687-9327)
Location: Late Night Lounge 1st Floor Waldron Student Center