Graduation & Commencement
Baccalaureate Mass, Awards Ceremony, & Commencement
Location: Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205
Date and Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Candidates will assemble in regalia (cap, gown, hood or collar) by 8:30 a.m. in the corridor of St. Albert’s Hall.
The Procession begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Doors to the Cathedral will open one hour before the procession begins.
Tickets are required, regardless of age, as seating is limited. Please see candidates regarding tickets.
Information will be presented to the candidates at Commencement Practice. The informational presentation will be posted below after the practice.
Apply for Graduation
Students must meet with their academic advisor to complete an Intent to Graduate Form at least 1‑2 semesters prior to their final semester. For those who anticipate degree completion in December 2016, the deadline to meet with your academic advisor is March 23, 2016. For those who anticipate degree completion in May 2017 or August 2017, the deadline to meet with your academic advisor is November 15, 2016.
Review and Reconcile Your Student Account
Students should review their student account throughout the semester to ensure there are no holds on their account. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts to review and/or reconcile your account. Reconciliation of obligations to the College must be made before diplomas and/or transcripts will be released.
Check for Commencement Notifications and Information
Students need to frequently check and read their Aquinas emails and the student portal for notifications and information regarding Commencement.
Order Academic Regalia (Caps & Gowns)
Students who anticipate participating in Commencement are expected to wear academic regalia as distributed by the College. As Commencement is a formal ceremony, it is customary to wear the gown over business attire.
Academic regalia must be ordered through an online process at no charge to the student before the specified deadline.
Important note: Students who do not order their academic regalia by the specified deadline will not be eligible to participate in Commencement.
Deadlines for ordering academic regalia:
For December 2016 Candidates for Graduation: November 15, 2016
For May 2017 and August 2017 Candidates for Graduation: February 24, 2017
Order Commencement Tickets
Each participating candidate for graduation is guaranteed to receive a certain number of tickets. Graduation candidates participating in Commencement will not need tickets for themselves. To request up to three (3) additional tickets, students must complete a Request for Tickets Form and return it to the Office of Academics no later than March 3, 2017. Please be advised that additional tickets are not guaranteed. Requests for additional tickets after the deadline will not be accepted.
Attend the Commencement Practice
Commencement Practice will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017. Student who expect to attend the Commencement Ceremonies are expected to attend the practice. Academic regalia and tickets will be available for pick up immediately following the practice. Students must receive and sign for their own regalia and tickets in person. These items will not be released to anyone in lieu of the graduating student. Students who do not pick up regalia and tickets by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2016 will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremonies.
Commencement is a ceremony.
Graduation signifies the official completion of all degree requirements.
They are NOT the same thing.
Attending Commencement does not mean that you have graduated.
Commencement information may be subject to change. For all commencement inquiries,
please contact Mrs. Kari Byard at firstname.lastname@example.org.