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Commencement Details


Commencement Fair

The Commencement Fair is where graduates, who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, will pick up their caps and gowns, honor cords, and tickets and will complete the senior survey.

Main Campus: April 14 & 15 • 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Mount Café)

Frederick Campus: April 9 & 10 • 5:30 - 7 p.m.


Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns are exclusive to the bookstore. The bookstore will have all graduation attire at the Commencement Fair. All you need to know is your height and your degree! We will pull your gown, hood, cap, and tassel based on that information. Gowns are sized based on height alone. The color of your hood is based on your degree.

Cap and gowns can be purchased at the Commencement Fair or online.  All online orders need to be picked up at the Commencement Fair.  Any questions concerning cap and gown orders should be directed to the Bookstore at 301-447-5271.

BachelorsMasters

Complete Set $87

Complete Set $96

Cap, Gown and Tassel $52

Cap, Gown and Tassel $57

Hood alone $35

Hood alone $39

Cap alone $11

Cap alone $11

Tassel alone $7

Tassel alone $7

Gown alone $36

Gown alone $40

Honors cords will be available for eligible graduates.

Diploma frames are also available; they are nicely framed and matted with the school name printed on the matting. The cost is between $140-$160.

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Dress Code and Decorum

Graduation is a formal academic occasion and should be viewed as such in dress and demeanor. The recommended dress is similar to what you would wear to a formal interview. Thus, you should be mindful of the following considerations:

  • Dress clothing, preferably black or navy.

  • Black dress shoes (or some other dark color).

  • The gown should be mid-calf.

  • No jewelry on or over the gown. (Some students may have honor cords or medals.)

  • No flowers on the academic robe, and no flowers are to be carried.

  • The mortarboard (academic hat) is to be worn with the front point over the forehead below the front hairline, so the flat board is parallel to the floor. (Not worn on the back of the head with the board pointing upward.) No decoration of any kind is to be placed on the mortarboard!

  • Honors students will have honor cords given at the same time as the cap/gown pickup.

  • Candidates should come into the auditorium with the tassel on the right, hanging near the right eye. After the degrees are conferred, the tassel is shifted to the left side. The signal for shifting the tassel will be given by the President (and/or your faculty marshal).

  • In order to protect the dignity of the ceremony, guests will not be permitted close to the stage for pictures. A professional photographer will take a picture of each senior receiving a diploma. Proofs of these pictures will be sent to each senior in June.

  • Candidates should not chew gum.

  • Candidates should not have personal belongings in their possession during the commencement ceremony. No cell phones or cameras allowed! Please leave valuables with family or friends.

  • Air horns or other noisemaking devices are not permitted by graduates or guests and will be confiscated. Balloons and banners are not permitted inside the Knott Arena during commencement. Photography is allowed from the seat only.

Graduation Decorum

Graduation ceremonies are, by their very nature, festive occasions. The festivity manifests itself in many ways, including the dress of students and faculty adorned in academic regalia, and the warmth, joy and satisfaction of accomplishment. The ceremonies are also marked by seriousness where the actual conferring of degrees signifys long, hard work on the part of everyone involved: students, faculty, administrators, parents and spouses. As a consequence of the serious nature of the ceremony, students are expected to maintain a measure of decorum consonant with the occasion. Students are expected to return to their seats after receiving their diploma and to remain seated for the rest of the ceremony. No balloons, banners or noisemakers are permitted.

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Class Rings

A class ring representative will be available during the Commencement Fair, or rings can be ordered from the link below. Several weeks lead time is required to a class ring so if you would like it before graduation, please order early.

► Class Ring

Please call the Bookstore at (301) 447-5271 with any specific attire, ring, announcement, or frame questions.

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Graduation Announcements

Students may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones online. Announcements are shipped within two to three weeks.


Senior Surveys

Completing the Senior Surveys has been a part of Mount St. Mary's graduation process for many years. Various offices within the University use the information from the surveys to improve student life, career center services, and the overall college experience. Completing the surveys entitles the senior to enter into a drawing to win one of several prizes.

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Tips From Past Graduates

  • Get to Mass and ceremony early to reserve seats and obtain parking. Parking lots fill up quickly! (Campus map)

  • Students should gradually start to pack and clean rooms over the last couple weeks prior to Commencement rather than waiting until the last moment.

  • Make sure at least a week before Commencement that you have all items for your cap and gown (including tassel, honor cords, medals, etc.)

  • Make sure you have the correct number of tickets for those attending the ceremony.

  • Make your reservations for dinner ahead of time. (dinner reservation form coming soon)

  • Make accommodations for elderly attendees. The Arena can get very hot and could be dangerous for those who are sensitive to heat.

  • Pick a designated place for your family and friends to meet after the graduation ceremony. Finding them can be chaotic.

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Ticket Information

Tickets are required for the main Commencement exercises in the Knott Arena. Tickets for Commencement are distributed to students at the Commencement Fair in April. Every undergraduate student will receive 7* tickets and every graduate student will receive 5* tickets for Commencement in the Knott Arena. Students may request extra tickets, or choose another viewing location that does not require tickets.

Mount St. Mary's University is pleased to offer several viewing options for Commencement exercises.

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Viewing Locations
  1. Commencement in Knott Arena - Tickets are required for this location.
  2. Knott Auditorium (Simulcast) - This auxiliary venue featuring a real-time web cast will be available on the main campus in the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium for guests beyond the 7 ticket limit. This venue offers a less formal atmosphere, with air conditioning and easy access to restrooms, etc. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets are required.
  3. Online - Watch Commencement in the comfort of your home via LiveStream. The live Webcast is set to begin shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday May, 11, 2014.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please contact us at studentlife@msmary.edu or (301) 447-5330 at least two weeks prior to Commencement. See the Knott Arena Seating Layout for more details regarding seating.

Extra Tickets

If you have or are requesting extra tickets, please e-mail us at studentlife@msmary.edu. Requests are limited to 2 extra tickets per graduate, and will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Accommodations

All graduating students currently living on campus will be permitted to stay in their own rooms through graduation weekend. If you need to make arrangements for accommodations, here is a list of hotels.

Campus Map
Local Attractions

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Parking

Visitor parking is available in all lots on campus. Campus Safety will be assisting visitors with the lots surrounding the Knott Athletic Complex. Note that if you are traveling southbound on Route 15 the turn-around in front of the Athletic complex will be blocked to move traffic more efficiently, and all traffic will be directed to the next turn-around.
Overflow, and easy access parking will be available on the West end of campus, across Route 15 in parking lots 8 and 10. Visitors using these lots may access the East end of campus via the pedestrian underpass.

Directions to Campus
Campus Map

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