Commencement 2024

Gwynedd Mercy University's 2024 Commencement Ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 18, 2024.
Watch the Full Undergraduate Ceremony

Watch the Full Graduate Ceremony

Watch the Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Commencement Information

LinkedIn Headshots
Monday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Assumption Hall
Get a free headshot photo taken for your post-grad needs!
Please reserve your spot here

Griffin Grad Night
Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the Assumption Hall Patio
Join President Deanne D'Emilio, JD and your fellow grads for an on-campus champagne toast and celebration with food, music, photobooth, and more! Must be 21 to attend. 

Cap Design Day

Wednesday, May 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Waldron, 2nd floor
Design your grad cap - we'll provide the supplies and pizza!
Drop in anytime!

Grads at the Phillies
Thursday, May 16, 6:40 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Offering $10 Phillies tickets to graduating seniors!
SOLD OUT (Waitlist has already been accommodated.)

Have questions about any of the above events? Email us at


Pre-Commencement Events

Baccalaureate Mass
Friday, May 17, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. in The Griffin Complex Gym on the Gwynedd Valley Campus
Open to all graduates (Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctoral) and their guests

Honors Convocation
Friday, May 17, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in The Griffin Complex Gym on the Gwynedd Valley Campus
By invitation only

Location: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks – Hall A
For address, directions and other information about the Expo Center, please visit

Ceremony Length:
Each commencement ceremony will last approximately 90 to 120 minutes.

Graduate Commencement (Master and Doctoral Degrees)

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
Graduates will be expected to arrive at the Expo Center for check-in, robing, and line-up no later than 9:00 a.m.!

Undergraduate Commencement (Associate and Bachelor Degrees)

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.
Graduates will be expected to arrive at the Expo Center for check-in, robing, and line-up no later than 1:00 p.m.!

Click here to watch the live stream. Livestreams of each ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Pending graduates will receive an email in late February/early March 2024 from Marching Order – please be sure to whitelist “” and check your inbox and spam for this very important email.

This email will contain instructions for graduates to:

  • download their Grad Pass (their digital ticket to the ceremony)
  • reserve and email digital guest tickets (see “Guest Tickets” below)
  • verify the pronunciation of their name

Each graduate will have the opportunity to reserve four (4) guest tickets via Marching Order. Infants and small children who can remain seated in a lap during the ceremony do not require a ticket. Guest ticket amounts are subject to change. Extra tickets are not available, so we encourage students in need of extra tickets to check with classmates who may not need all four guest tickets.

Information regarding how to reserve guest tickets in the Marching Order system will be emailed directly to graduating students and posted to the commencement website in the coming weeks.

Graduates will have the opportunity to enter the phonetic pronunciations of their names in the Marching Order system to ensure their names will be accurately pronounced during the commencement ceremony.

Each commencement ceremony will be live-streamed for guests unable to attend in person. The links to each live-stream will be posted to the commencement webpage a few minutes prior to the ceremonies. Live-streams will also be recorded for future viewing.

Graduates will receive diploma covers at their commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates’ homes approximately eight weeks after commencement.

The Expo Center has plentiful parking for persons with disabilities and is completely accessible. If a graduate or guest has specific accessibility needs, please email:

Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the Expo Center. We thank you for your cooperation.

Photographers from Lifetouch will take pictures of each graduate as they leave the stage with their diploma cover. Beginning in May, graduates may sign up at to receive notification when their photo proofs are ready. There is no obligation to purchase these photos.

*Hired, individual photographers are prohibited at the Commencement ceremonies and will be asked to leave.* 

All graduates must have academic regalia to participate in their commencement ceremonies. Graduates can arrange to have regalia shipped directly to their home. Please see the instructions below to place your regalia order. There is no cost to order regalia – the cost is covered by a portion of the graduation fee – and it is yours to keep!


  1. Navigate to 
  2. Click on the “Graduation Caps and Gowns” tile
  3. Select the appropriate collection from the “Select A Collection” drop-down menu
  4. Click on the appropriate regalia collection for your degree
  5. Click “Gown Fit” and enter height and weight
  6. Click “Major/Curriculum” and choose appropriate field of study and then click “Continue” and “Add to Cart”
  7. Enter first and last name and click “Checkout”
  8. Click “Continue as Guest”
  9. Enter Contact Information and click “Continue”
  10. Review your order summary and click “Submit”
  11. Save your order confirmation number for future reference

Online Regalia and Stole Ordering Site Open Until April 1, 2024! All Regalia and Stole Orders Must be Placed by April 1, 2024 to Ensure Delivery Prior to the Commencement Ceremonies!

Graduates have the option of purchasing a customizable stole to wear with their academic regalia. To access the stole builder site:

  1. Navigate to 
  2. Click on the “Personalized Stoles” tile.
  3. Follow the directions to build your custom stole and submit your payment.

Online Regalia and Stole Ordering Site Open Until April 1, 2024! All Regalia and Stole Orders Must be Placed by April 1, 2024 to Ensure Delivery Prior to the Commencement Ceremonies!

Lifetouch Photography will be on the Gwynedd Valley campus from April 2, 2024 to April 4, 2024 to take graduation portraits.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2024: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Portrait sessions will be held in the Late Night Lounge of the Waldron Student Center. Regalia will be provided by the photographer and there is no cost to be photographed. 

Click Here to Schedule

Important Information for Pending August 2024 Graduates

Pending August 2024 graduates may submit this Petition to Walk form to participate in the May 2024 commencement ceremonies if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are a student pursuing an Associates, Bachelors or Masters degree and are in good academic standing
  • They have six or fewer credits to be completed by the August graduation date or will be completing clinical coursework before the August graduation date

The completed form must be received in the Office of Academic Affairs no later than March 29, 2024 with ALL required signatures. After review by the Office of Academic Affairs, applicants will receive an email from the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Commencement Questions? 

Please email