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In-person Commencement ceremonies (undergraduate and graduate) are being scheduled for Saturday, August 8; the undergraduate degree ceremony will be at 10am, the graduate degree ceremony will be at 2pm. The events will be shown on our Commencement Live Stream page, available at cabrini.edu/commence2020, which currently houses the archives of our streamlined Virtual Conferrals of Degrees.

Any on-campus events may be modified to accommodate any COVID-19 mitigation procedures still in place. More information will be forthcoming on the August 8 event. 

Read some of our graduate's stories (Banesa Castaneda; those who led the Faithful Activism 2020 panel--Guadalupe Mendez, Daisy Rodriguez, Chardanay White, and junior Samar Dahleh; Kyran Weemaels), our coverage of the Virtual Conferrals of Degrees, and our Toast to Graduating Seniors.

If you have a special story about a graduate, we'd love to hear more. Please email editor@cabrini.edu.


1) Will in-person Commencement ceremonies be held this year?

The in-person graduation ceremonies originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, are being rescheduled to occur on Saturday, August 8, 2020. At this time, the ceremony for bachelor’s degree recipients will be held on campus that day at 10am, and the graduation ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree recipients will be held at 2pm. 

Any on-campus events may be modified to accommodate any COVID-19 mitigation procedures still in place. 

2) Will other ceremonies and gatherings usually associated with Commencement weekend be held? 
No. The Who’s Who Recognition Brunch, the Graduation Mass, and the Hooding Ceremony have been canceled.

3) Are there any requirements for graduation that I should be aware of? 
Yes. Please see the Graduation Requirements section on our Information for Graduates page for more information about requirements that must be completed for Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and the Registrar’s Office in order to graduate.

4) When and how will I receive my academic attire (cap, gown, and hood)?
Herff-Jones, the company that supplies our academic attire, developed a website that will allow you to log-in and order your attire. After receiving your order, they will mail it to you at the address that you provide. The timing of the delivery depends on when the order is completed. Graduating students should have recevied emails surrounding how to order. If you did not receive this email, please reach out to Carmel-Jo Madonna at cm3294@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8416

If you wish to order a class ring or a diploma frame, you will also be able to order those items through the Herff-Jones website. 

5) Will guest tickets and parking passes still be required for the August bachelor’s degree ceremony? 
Yes. At thist time, each undergraduate will receive four (4) guest admission tickets to the bachelor’s ceremony being scheduled for August 8, 2020. As the tickets for the original May ceremony have already been printed, they will be distributed and can be used for admission to the August ceremony. Guests without admission tickets will be directed to the on-campus site where the ceremony will be live-streamed. All guests entering the Field House are required to have a ticket, including children being held and in carriers.

Master's and doctoral candidates do not require tickets or parking passes.

6) How will I receive the parking passes, tickets, and announcements?
Student Life will be mailing the tickets, parking passes, and Commencement announcements to undergraduates. 

Master's and doctoral candidates do not require tickets or parking passes, but will receive their Commencement announcements in the mail.    

7) Will the printed Commencement announcements have the August graduation date on them?
The announcements that Student Life will be mailing to you will have the May graduation date on them. Printable announcements with the August 8 date have been provided on our Printable Announcements page.  

8) Where will Commencement take place on August 8?
At thist time, both the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies are scheduled to take place in the Nerney Field House located in the Dixon Center.  

9) What should I do on August 8? 
Undergraduate students should report to the Dixon Center, Second-Floor Fitness Area, no later than 9:15am. The line-up for the procession will begin promptly at 9:50am. Staff and faculty will be there to help with your attire. You will line up by degree. If you would like to sit next to a friend, please have them stand in front of, or behind you, in the procession.

Master’s and doctoral degree candidates should report to the Dixon Center, Second-Floor Fitness Area, no later than 1:15pm. Line-up for the procession will begin promptly at 1:50pm. Staff and faculty will be there to help with your attire.

DOCTORAL CANDIDATES: Please carry your hood over your arm, as you will be hooded on stage.  

12) What are the parking arrangements for Commencement? 
As of now, undergraduates will receive two (2) parking passes in the mail with their guest admission tickets and printed graduation announcements. One ticket can be used for parking on the main campus, and the second for remote parking at Eastern University. Guests arriving without a parking pass will be directed to park at Eastern. Shuttles will be available to transport guests to Cabrini’s campus before and after the ceremony. 

13) Are there provisions for handicapped parking? 
Yes. If a guest has a handicapped parking placard, they must display it in order to park on the main campus in designated handicapped parking spaces that are located in the Dixon Center parking lot. Those in need of a handicapped parking pass should contact Carmel-Jo Madonna at cm3294@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8416, and she will mail one to you. 

14) Are there accommodations for graduates or guests with disabilities? 
If you or one of your guests require accommodations for a disability, other than parking, please contact Carmel-Jo Madonna at cm3294@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8416. Handicapped seating will be available at the ceremonies.  

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

  • Students will receive diploma covers at the ceremonies.
  • The Registrar’s Office will mail diplomas to graduates in July.
  • Graduate Images will be present to capture a photo of you with your diploma cover and President Taylor, and an individual picture of you when exiting the stage. They will contact you directly with information about how you can order and purchase the photos after graduation. 
  • 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.

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