four female students throw graduation caps under the mercyhurst gates

2024 Graduation

Schedule of Events
    • Senior Class Gift Presentation
    • ROTC Commissioning, 1 p.m. | PAC
    • Senior Awards Ceremony, 4 p.m. | PAC听
    • Graduate Ceremony, 11 a.m. | Erie Insurance Arena
    • Undergraduate Ceremony, 2 p.m. | Erie Insurance Arena听
    • New Alumni Welcome Reception, 4:30 p.m. | MAC


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  • Graduation cap with "Thanks Mom & Dad" message.
  • Commencement ceremony
  • Two students at commencement
Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, it will. You may access the livestreams for the Master's Degree Student Commencement and the Associate and鈥疊accalaureate Degree Student Commencement .

    Students will receive an email (to their 海角乱伦社区 one) indicating when their cap and gown are ready for pick up. Graduates place the gown on a hanger immediately; if after several days there are still wrinkles, press it with a cool iron.听

Additional Information

    A photographer will take your picture as you exit the stage with your diploma.
    Within about a week after graduation, you will receive a proof and a price list. You are under no obligation to purchase these photos; however, the GradImages photographer will be given access to the floor to capture each graduate for the families.

    Customer Service
    P.O. Box 182829
    Tallahassee, FL 32318

    海角乱伦社区 University students who would like to announce their graduation through their hometown newspapers can do so by completing an online template, printing it and sending directly to the newspaper(s) in your area. You can also download the announcement template and send in an email.
    If you have questions about submitting your press release, call your local newspaper and ask for the News Desk to obtain the name of the person who handles college graduation announcements. For questions regarding the release, contact Debbie Morton, Director of Executive Communications/Public Relations at 814-824-2552 or at听

    Class Rings
    Class rings can be purchased via the .

    Flowers and class apparel will be available for sale at commencement. To pre-order and browse the selection, please visit the .听

    Josh Luger
    Commencement Flowers


    鈥⑻齏ear a lightweight dress or skirt and blouse.
    鈥⑻齅ake sure your dress or skirt isn鈥檛 longer than your academic gown.
    鈥⑻鼵onsider wearing a dress or skirt with a pocket.
    鈥⑻鼵hoose flats or low heels. You will be walking a lot, including up and down metal stairs at Erie Insurance Arena.
    鈥⑻鼶o not wear a suit jacket under academic attire.


    鈥⑻齏ear dark dress pants (black, gray, or navy).
    鈥⑻齋olid-colored long-sleeve shirt.
    鈥⑻鼶ark dress shoes and socks.
    鈥⑻鼶o not wear a suit coat under academic attire.

    Carpe Diem Award
    This honor is the highest award presented by 海角乱伦社区 University to a traditional-aged student. It is given in recognition of intellectual competency, personal integrity, and, especially, leadership impact. It is presented to the outstanding graduating senior who had the most positive impact on the life of the 海角乱伦社区 community and who best exemplifies the university motto "Carpe Diem" to "Seize the Opportunity." The name and criteria for this award were established by the Sister of Mercy under the leadership of Mother Borgia Egan, the founding president of 海角乱伦社区 University.鈥

    Bishops Award of Excellence
    This award is chosen by grade point average and overall academic record. The winner must have taken the majority of classes toward the degree requirement at 海角乱伦社区 University, with the exception of study abroad or with a 海角乱伦社区-affiliated program. The Catholic Diocese of Erie sponsors this award. This award is presented at commencement.

    Mother Borgia Egan Award
    This award recognizes the model honors student who fully embodies the spirit of a liberal arts education. He or she will have completed all the requirements of the 海角乱伦社区 Honors Program and will possess the following qualities: academic and scholarly/professional accomplishments, community service, and an appreciation of and participation in the cultural environment of the university.听

    Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Service Award
    This award is given to a traditional graduating senior who has given unselfishly of time, energy, loyalty, and talent in the spirit of Sr. Carolyn Herrmann, who served as the university鈥檚 President from 1962鈥1970.听

    Frank Barry Leadership Award
    This award is given to a traditional graduating senior who has exemplified superior student leadership and campus involvement during his or her time at 海角乱伦社区 University. This award is named after Frank Barry, 鈥75, one of the first male student government presidents.鈥

    Catherine McAuley Adult Student Award
    This award is presented to an adult student in recognition of superior work, as well as personal and professional achievement. The non-traditional student who wins this award will be the student who has been judged to be the most outstanding adult student in the graduating class. The award is based on GPA but also takes into account professional achievement, family responsibilities, and other challenges that can face adult students.鈥

    President's Award for Adult Excellence
    Under the direction and guidance of the College Deans, each College nominates an adult student for this award. The criteria for selection are GPA and overall contribution to the university. The award is given to one adult student who is considered to be a top scholar at the university.鈥

    Senior-Scholar Athlete of the Year
    Eligibility criteria for the award is:

    • Student must be a graduating senior/exhausted eligibility
    • Selection will be based on academics (3.5 minimum GPA requirement), leadership, sportsmanship, community service
    • Student must be significant athletic contributor on his or her athletic team

    Parking is available at the Erie Insurance Arena ramp on East 8th Street between French and Holland Streets (parking fee is $5, cash only). Accessible parking is available in the northwest lot of the arena.

    • From Pittsburgh: I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (130 miles)
    • From Buffalo: I-90 west to Erie, exit 27 (95 miles)
    • From Cleveland: I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (95 miles)
    • From Philadelphia: PA Turnpike or I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (394 miles)
    • From New York City: I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (495 miles)
    • From Boston: I-90 west to Erie, exit 27 (552 miles)
    • From Long Island: Cross George Washington Bridge to I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (485 miles)
    • From Exit 27 (State Street exit): Take Route 97 north for one mile to junction of Route 505. Veer right and continue on Route 97 north (Old French Road) to East 38th Street. Turn right, four blocks to 海角乱伦社区 College.
    • From Erie International Airport: Head east on Route 5 (West 12th Street) to State Street. Turn right (south) on State Street to East 38th Street. Left five blocks to 海角乱伦社区 College (10 miles).听
    • From I-90 West. Take Exit 22B to merge onto I-79 North toward Erie for 6.0 miles. Take Exit 183A and turn right onto Route 5 (West 12th Street). Take left turn onto Peach Street, and then turn right onto West 8th Street. Take the 2nd right turn onto French Street. 听
    • From I-90 East. Take Exit 32 to merge onto Route 290 West. Continue on Route 290 West for 5.3 miles and turn left onto East 12th Street. Take right turn onto Parade Street and then turn left onto East 7th Street. Take the 3rd left onto French Street. 听
    • From Erie International Airport: Follow Route 5 (West 12th Street) east for 5.7 miles. Turn left onto Peach Street, drive around 0.3 miles, and turn right onto West 8th Street. Take the 2nd right onto French Street. 听
    • From 海角乱伦社区 (approx. 3.4 miles): Turn left out of 海角乱伦社区鈥檚 front gates onto East 38th Street. Drive five blocks to State Street, turn right, and continue downtown for 2.0 miles. Turn right on East 8th Street and take the 1st right onto French Street.鈥

    Doors to the arena will be open at 11:30 a.m. Families and guests may use the main entrance.听

    Permanent walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the 8,000 seat Erie Insurance Arena to improve safety for all patrons. Please keep in mind the following:

    • All patrons are subject to security screening as a condition of admission.
    • Bags and purses are subject to additional screening, slowing entry process. Bring only essential items.
    • Bottles, cans, flasks, noise makers, selfie sticks, weapons of any kind, as well as dangerous and unlawful materials are prohibited.
    • Outside food and beverages are prohibited.
    • Additional items may be prohibited as requested by teams, leagues, promoters, or artists.

    Call 814-453-7117鈥痜or additional information.听