The annual commencement exercise is the high point of a university's academic year. The purpose, after all, of any college or university is to prepare its students to merit academic degrees. Commencement is the recognition of its success, and that of its students, in the undertaking.
The first organized institutions of learning took form during the 12th and 13th centuries, generally under the jurisdiction of the church. Commencement ceremonies -- with their academic gowns, tassels, hoods, and maces -- are colorful traditions handed down from European universities of the Middle Ages. The first Commencement in the United States was held at Harvard University in 1642.
Please review the "Participant Information" section of the Commencement webpages. When you park near the Shrine Auditorium, follow the signage and volunteers from Mount St. Mary's College to the Graduate line-up area.
Once you arrive at the line-up area with your ticket, you will check in with Mount St. Mary's staff to receive a card with your name and brief survey. You will use the card to provide information for the photographers and to spell your name out phonetically, as to avoid mispronunciation when you cross the stage. You will then line up according to your major and type of degree (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral).
Many of the details of the Commencement ceremony will be planned over the course of the Spring Semester. However, you may use the brief outline of the ceremony below, as a guide. Commencement is expected to be two hours in length, and ALL in attendance (Graduates and Guests) are expected to stay for the entire ceremony.
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