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Participant Information


It is important to keep in mind that this is a special day for ALL involved in Commencement. Screaming and shouting for one Graduate means that the family of another might not hear the name of their special person 

Graduates and guests are expected to dress and act appropriately, and ALL in attendance are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

Please advise your family and guests that most of the auditorium will be open seating. No family/guest seats are assigned and no one will be allowed to hold seats. Please ask your family and guests to follow the directions of Mount Saint Mary's staff and Shrine security when looking for a seat. It is advisable to select an area away from the auditorium's main entryways to meet your family following the ceremony, as over 6,000 people will be exiting the auditorium at the same time.


Every graduate will receive 7 tickets for guests* and 1 ticket for her/himself during the Commencement Ticket Distribution Period (see "Ticket Pick Up Instructions").  If you do not pick up tickets during this window, you may not be eligible for all 7 guest tickets.

All tickets must be picked up by the Graduate with a photo ID.  Please check the Commencement web page for updates to pick up procedures.

*A guest is considered any person over 2 years old. Babies less than two years old will need to be seated on an adult's lap. No strollers will be allowed into the auditorium.

Cap and Gown, Regalia

All graduates must wear a graduation gown, cap, and hood. These can be ordered at your home campus bookstore or online via theJosten's Website.  They should be ordered by February to avoid late charges. Graduation protocol indicates that NO ORNAMENTATION may be worn on academic attire. Caps are not to be decorated. Flowers, leis, stoles, or outer jewelry are NOT to be worn during the ceremony. Only President's Awards and Academic Honors Cords given at Mary's Day or Laurel Day are permitted to be worn. ALL MUST COMPLY. Inappropriate items will be removed prior to procession. If you already have a black graduation gown and cap, you may purchase the academic hood and tassel separately. Please see the "Commencement Regalia" section for more information on appropriate Commencement attire.

Honor Cords

Undergraduate students graduating with honors will be invited to either Laurel Day (Doheny), Mary's Day (Chalon), or the Weekend College Reception where they will receive their honor cords. If you are not able to attend the event, you may speak with your Academic Dean to receive the cords.

Map of Venue and Parking

Please visit the "Shrine Auditorium's Official Site" for driving directions. Current pricing for Shrine Parking is $10.00.  Click on the following link for a map of the parking sites closest to the Shrine Auditorium. Please note that Mount St. Mary's College does not reimburse for parking at any available Shrine lot.

Directions to specific line-up areas for Graduates and auditorium access for guests will be posted at all parking locations.

Diploma and Participation

Official college diplomas will be mailed to the graduates approximately six weeks after Commencement. Please be sure that theRegistrar's Office has your current mailing address. Students with an outstanding debt to the College will not receive their transcripts or diploma until their account is paid in full.

Assembly of Graduates


Graduates are asked to arrive at the Expo Hall entrance to the Shrine Auditorium (on 32nd Street) by 1:30 PM in order to be processed in, fill out graduation information, complete a short survey, and assemble in the line-up area according to the appropriate major. Arriving later than this time may prevent you from processing in with your class!

Graduates are to present their ticket at the Expo Hall entrance. ONLY Graduates will be allowed in this area.

DO NOT bring purses, backpacks, or other items to carry to the line-up area. You will process in to the auditorium from this area and will NOT have the opportunity to hand off any items to your family. Graduates will NOT return to this area. Do not leave anything there.

Graduates should come dressed properly for Commencement (cap, gown, and hood). Please follow the directions of the Mount St. Mary's staff in regards to proper line-up procedures. Do not wear anything except the approved commencement attire or you will not be able to cross the stage.

What you need for Commencement

Bring these Items DO NOT BRING
Cap, Gown, Hood, and Tassel Purse, backpack or bags
Your graduation ticket Flowers, leis

Camera and phone

(IF you can easily put them in a pocket)

Stoles, items to pin on your gown
A big smile and great attitude! Signs or decorated graduation caps

Commencement Photos

Professional photographers from GradImagesTM will be taking pictures of the graduates. Please follow the directions of Mount St. Mary's staff to the photo location once you descend the stairway from the stage.

Within 72 hours of Commencement, graduates will receive a complimentary passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card.  After the ceremony, you may order online at or by calling 800.261.2576.

Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony.

Alumnae Association

Once you graduate from Mount St. Mary's College, you are automatically a member of the Alumnae Association.  Please visit their website for benefits you receive as a Mount Graduate.

Class Rings, Announcements, Cap and Gown Ordering

Mount St. Mary's College graduates wear black graduation gowns with black caps and an academic hood during the Commencement Ceremony. Announcements, class rings, and cap and gown sets are ordered through Jostens. Representatives from Jostens will be on campus on various dates through the semester to help you order class rings and announcements. You can also visit The Jostens Website  to order these items online. Cap and Gown orders will be placed through the Mount St. Mary's Bookstore. Be sure to include your type of degree (BA, BS, MA, MS, etc.) on the ordering form, so the proper hood is ordered. If you are unsure as to what type of degree you are receiving, please check with your departmental head or academic dean.

Jostens representatives on campus the following dates

Feb 7 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doheny Weekend
Feb 17 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doheny
Feb 18 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Chalon
Feb 19 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Chalon
Feb 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doheny Weekend
March 28 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doheny Weekend
Apr 11 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doheny Weekend
Apr 14 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doheny
Apr 15 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Chalon
Apr 16 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Chalon

*This website will be continually updated as more information becomes available.
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