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Commencement 2022 FAQs

How will Commencement be held this year? 
Three physically distanced graduation ceremonies will be held at separate times under a tent on the Upper Athletic Field on Sunday, May 22, rain or shine. (Please wear appropriate footgear.)

  • 9am-  School of Business and Professional Studies
  • 11:30am- School of Education
  • 2pm- School of Arts and Sciences

Will students be able to change the time of their ceremony? 
No, we are unable to honor any requests to change the time of your ceremony. The three graduation ceremonies will be held throughout the day at different times for each of Cabrini’s Schools to accommodate our graduates and their guests. 

How many guests may graduates bring to their ceremony?
Each senior will reserve five specific seats (one for the graduating student and four guests) under the tent through a link that will be sent from Eventbrite. Each graduate will sit under the tent with their guests. Each guest requires a ticket, including children and infants. No strollers will be permitted in the tent. There will be no standing room under the tent, nor will guests be allowed to stand outside the tent with no tickets.

To enter campus on May 22, each person must show their valid Eventbrite ticket.  

For those who cannot attend the event in person, a livestream of each ceremony will be available to view in real-time on the University’s Youtube page

What COVID-19 safety measures will be in place?
Commencement has been planned to accommodate the maximum number of attendees, with an equal number of guests for each student, keeping the safety of all graduates, guests, faculty, and staff as the utmost priority. The seats for each graduate and their four guests will be sanitized between each ceremony and separated from other graduates and guests by six feet of physical distance.  

How will I receive my tickets?
Seniors and graduate students will receive an email with the Eventbrite link to reserve tickets (five tickets in total, for the graduating student and four guests). Tickets must be ordered no later than Friday, May 13.

Can I get extra tickets?
There will be no extra tickets issued for the 2022 Commencement. The graduate will register for five tickets (one for the graduating student and four guests), whether the tickets will be used or not. 

Can you accommodate attendees with disabilities?
Cabrini University welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact academicaffairs@cabrini.edu by May 2. If you need handicapped parking, please have your hang tag visible. If you don't have a hang tag, please email academicaffairs@cabrini.edu. Guests must display the parking placard to park in the designated handicapped spaces located in the Dixon Center parking lot. 

What are the parking arrangements for Commencement?  
All guests will park in Founder’s Lot. Please try to carpool and arrive on campus in one car. Public Safety officers and signage will help direct guests.

What should I do after I arrive on campus?  
All graduates should report to the tent at their assigned Commencement time, dressed in their academic attire.  

How should my academic attire be worn?
Please view this video for instructions on how to wear your cap, gown, hood, and cords.

Do doctoral students have any special instructions for hooding and diploma granting on the stage during Commencement?
Yes, doctoral students are to carry their hoods on their arm, because they will be hooded on the stage by their dissertation chair. Students will receive more detailed instructions from their doctoral program directors/coordinators as it gets closer to Commencement.

How will graduates receive their academic attire (cap, gown, and hood)? 
Herff-Jones is sending all attire to the Campus Store and was available to be picked up during Commencement Kickoff in Grace Hall Atrium. If you didn’t place an order for your attire, you should still go to the Campus Bookstore. They will have extras for those who didn’t order in advance.  

Seniors can order a diploma frame here!

I missed Commencement Kick-Off.  How do I get my cap and gown?
Check your email for directions on how to complete the necessary tasks to receive your cap and gown from the Bookstore. If you missed CKO and didn't receive an email, please email academicaffairs@cabrini.edu.

How will students receive honor cords and medals?

  • Honor cords: Faculty advisors will distribute the honor cords for each honor society. Reach out to your specific advisor for more information.
  • Departmental and honors medals: You will be contacted with instructions for picking up your medal from your Department Chair or the Honors Director.

Will other events usually associated with Commencement weekend be held?  
Members of the Class of 2022 are invited to share in the celebration of the Commencement Mass on Saturday, May 21, at 4pm in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of Saint Joseph. 

Are there any requirements for graduation that I should be aware of?  
Yes. Please check the information about requirements that must be completed for Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and the Registrar’s Office in order to graduate.

Will printable Commencement Announcements be available?
You may download and print this Commencement Announcement to share with family and friends. 

Are there additional details that I should know about?  
Yes. Please note the following: 

  • Students will receive diploma covers at the ceremonies.

  • Following the ceremony, students will process out of the tent together as a class and gather for a group photo* (*weather permitting)
  • Three professional photographers will be present at each Commencement ceremony.  A photo will be taken of each student on the graduation stage as well as a posed picture in front of a Cabrini backdrop with their diploma cover when exiting the stage. These photos will be available to download for free within a week of the ceremony. A link to the photos will be emailed to students as well as distributed on our Cabrini social media pages. 

  • The Registrar’s Office will mail official diplomas to graduates in July.

  • Families wishing to purchase flowers for their graduate on Commencement Day can pre-order bouquets online at thecommencementgroup.com/cabriniu. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association’s Endowed Scholarship fund. 

  • Please see the Commencement newsletter.