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Graduation Mass


for all Mount graduates of 2014 – Associates, Bachelors and Graduate Degrees

Fr. George O’Brien, presiding

Monday, May 12 (Graduation Day)

9:30 AM

in St. Vincent's Church

 (next to the Doheny campus, on the corner of Figueroa and Adams).


All graduates who wish to participate in the Mass must be in the

Rose Hills Auditorium on the Doheny campus by 8:30 am,

so that you can be ready for the procession to St. Vincent's which will commence at 9:15 am. Family and friends should go directly to St. Vincent's Church


What to Wear

Associate and Bachelors Degrees: Gowns, hoods, and honors cords or president's medals

Masters Degrees: Gowns with hoods draped on your arm



Please RSVP by May 1 to ensure that you have a seat at the Graduation Mass.


The Mass will begin at 9:30 am, and conclude at about 10:45 am, allowing a break before you need to arrive at the Shrine Auditorium at 1:30 pm. 

History of the Ceremony

"Baccalaureate Services" were established at England’s Oxford University almost 600 years ago, as a way of gathering those who were about to graduate to give praise and thanks to God.  Today, Baccalaureate Services are common in most (non-public) universities and colleges, and generally held within a few days of graduation.  At Catholic colleges, a Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) is usually celebrated.

Since the Mount's Mass now includes graduates in our Associate and Graduate programs, as well as our Baccalaureate program, we have changed the name to the Graduation Mass.  In this Mass,  graduates join with their families, friends and professors to praise God for the many gifts that have brought them to this moment, and to commit themselves to lives of service to the world.