Commencement Exercises Postpones

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Franciscan University has rescheduled our commencement exercises from May to August 14-15. The commencement planning committee is working diligently to figure out the logistics for this event and we will pass along those details as soon as they are finalized so our graduates and guests can plan accordingly.

Commencement Information
Bishop Robert Barron and Sherry Weddell
Most Rev. Robert Barron, and Sherry Weddell

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Dates & Times

  • Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, August 14, 6:00 p.m.
  • Most Reverend Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: celebrant, homilist, and honoree:
  • Commencement Ceremonies: Saturday, August 15
    • Science Commencement 9:00-10:30 a.m.
      Sherry A. Weddell, speaker and honoree
    • Arts Commencement 1:00-3:00 p.m.
      Sherry A. Weddell, speaker and honoree

All events in Finnegan Fieldhouse. Tickets are required for commencement ceremonies, more information to come

 

Before Commencement

Attendance & Participation

Applications for graduation are due by Friday, April 10, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will be accepted, but students may not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you did not fill out the backside of the graduation application and would like to participate in commencement exercises email the registrar at [email protected] to RSVP ASAP.

Tickets

Students must apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. Applied seniors will receive tickets during rehearsal.

All graduating students will receive a designated “Graduate” ticket to the opposite ceremony. (E.g., an Arts graduate will get one ticket to the Sciences ceremony, and vice versa.)

If you are unable to secure enough tickets for all guests, be advised that commencement will be telecast in the J.C. Williams Center. (Also, the JCWC is more convenient for children and for those who may find it difficult to sit on bleachers for two hours.)

Baccalaureate  Mass:

NOTE: Tickets are not needed for the Baccalaureate Mass

Disability Accommodation

If you have a guest who will need accommodations for a disability, please contact Dave Fatula at [email protected] or Rick Ireland at [email protected].

Rehearsal

Rehearsal will take place in the Finnegan Fieldhouse, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Rehearsal for the Science Ceremony will be held from 9:00-11:00 am. The Arts Ceremony rehearsal will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Caps & Gowns

You may purchase your cap and gown at the Franciscan University Bookstore beginning on Monday, April 20. Of course, you may feel free to borrow a cap & gown from a previous graduate–so long as they received the same degree (BA, MBA, MA, etc.) and you are the same height. Keep in mind that gowns for graduate degrees are longer than those for undergraduate degrees, and each graduate degree has a different color hood.

Event Photos

A photographer from Graduation Foto will be taking photographs at commencement of each graduate receiving his or her diploma from Fr. President Dave Pivonka, TOR and in front of a green screen. You will receive wallet-sized proofs of these photos after commencement. Orders may be made online at www.graduationfoto.com or by calling 800-482-0321. Questions may be emailed to [email protected].

Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats to relax and enjoy the ceremony.

You may also preregister at www.graduationfoto.com.

Graduation Videos

Graduation videos covering the Baccalaureate Mass homily and Commencement exercises will be available on DVD for $24.95, plus shipping and handling. To order a copy, please call the Franciscan University Bookstore at 1-888-333-0381, or visit them online. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Commencement Weekend

Baccalaureate Mass

Baccalaureate Mass begins at 6:00 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on Friday, May 8. Seats are at a first come, first serve basis. All students processing in must report in academic garb by 5:15 p.m. to the specified locations.

  • All Masters Candidates report to the Baron Room
  • AA and BA candidates report to the Aerobics Room
  • AS, BS and BSN candidates report to the Flexibility Room

Further instructions will be given at rehearsal.

Graduation Reception

The evening of Friday, May 8, all graduating students, their families, faculty, staff, and honored guests are invited to attend the reception from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. in the JC Williams Center. Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, president of Franciscan University will be available for photos with graduates.

Commencement Information for Parents

Friday, August 14, 2020
BACCALAUREATE MASS
6:00 p.m.
Finnegan Fieldhouse
Most Rev. George Murry, Bishop of Diocese of Youngstown
All graduating students, families and guests are invited. Doors open at 5:15, and tickets are not required

GRADUATION RECEPTION
8:00 p.m.
J.C. Williams Center
All graduating students, families and guests are invited. Food & drink tables will be available at several buffet stations in the J.C. Williams Center. Students intending to drink alcohol will need to present their legal IDs. Fr. Sean Sheridan, T.O.R., will be available for photos with graduates.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

  • Sciences Commencement (BS, BSN, MBA, MSA, MSE, MSN)
    9:00 a.m. (Doors open at 8:15 a.m.)
    Finnegan Fieldhouse
  • Arts Commencement (AA, BA, MA)
    1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 12:15 p.m.)
    Finnegan Fieldhouse
  • Curtis Martin, founder and CEO of FOCUS will be the speaker at both services.

Tickets are required for both ceremonies held in the Finnegan Fieldhouse. For non-ticket holders, the J.C. Williams Center will be set up with televisions broadcasting each commencement ceremony. The J.C. Williams Center will have a family-friendly area. Live streaming video of the day’s events will also be available on the University’s website.

Get More Information On The Honorees

Parking Information

Due to the large number of guests on campus, parking is limited. If you park on campus, please follow the directions of the security guards and student staff assisting them. Guests staying at The Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square, Super 8, Hampton Inn, and Microtel Inn on University Blvd. are encouraged to leave their vehicles at the hotels. On Friday, University shuttle vans will run to campus every half hour from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Saturday, University shuttle vans will run to campus every half hour from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shuttle vans will also transport guests from the outlying campus parking lots to the Circle (near the Finnegan Fieldhouse).

Sunday Obligation Masses In Christ The King Chapel

  • Saturday (vigil): 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Graduation Video Information

Graduation videos, including coverage of the Baccalaureate Mass Homily & Commencement exercises, are available on DVD. For pricing and/or to order a copy, please call the Franciscan University Bookstore at 1-888-333-0381 or visit them online at www.franciscan.edu/bookstore. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Bookstore* Hours

  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Food Service Hours

  • Cupertino’s Cafe* (J.C. Williams Center, upper floor):
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

The Pub* (J.C. Williams Center, upper floor)

  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Guests Requiring Special Assistance
For any guests requiring special assistance, please contact Rick Ireland at: [email protected].

* Located in the J.C. Williams Center

BEFORE COMMENCEMENT

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION

Applications for graduation are due by Friday, April 12, 2019. Applications submitted after this date will be accepted, but students may not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you did not fill out the backside of the graduation application and would like to participate in commencement exercises email the registrar at [email protected] to RSVP ASAP.

TICKETS

Students must apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. Applied seniors will receive tickets during rehearsal.

All graduating students will receive a designated “Graduate” ticket to the opposite ceremony. (E.g., an Arts graduate will get one ticket to the Sciences ceremony, and vice versa.)

If you are unable to secure enough tickets for all guests, be advised that commencement will be telecast in the J.C. Williams Center. (Also, the JCWC is more convenient for children and for those who may find it difficult to sit on bleachers for two hours.)

BACCALAUREATE MASS:

NOTE: Tickets are not needed for the Baccalaureate Mass

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

If you have a guest who will need accommodations for a disability, please contact Dave Fatula at [email protected] or Rick Ireland at [email protected].

Rehearsal

Rehearsal will take place in the Finnegan Fieldhouse, on Thursday, May 7, 2019. Rehearsal for the Science Ceremony will be held from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. The Arts Ceremony rehearsal will be held from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

CAPS & GOWNS

You may purchase your cap and gown at the Franciscan University Bookstore beginning on Monday, April 22. Of course, you may feel free to borrow a cap & gown from a previous graduate–so long as they received the same degree (BA, MBA, MA, etc.) and you are the same height. Keep in mind that gowns for graduate degrees are longer than those for undergraduate degrees, and each graduate degree has a different color hood.

EVENT PHOTOS

A photographer from Graduation Foto will be taking photographs at commencement of each graduate receiving his or her diploma from Fr. President Sean Sheridan and in front of a green screen. You will receive wallet-sized proofs of these photos after commencement. Orders may be made online at www.graduationfoto.com or by calling 800-482-0321. Questions may be emailed to [email protected].

Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats to relax and enjoy the ceremony.

You may also preregister at www.graduationfoto.com.

GRADUATION VIDEOS

Graduation videos covering the Baccalaureate Mass homily and Commencement exercises will be available on DVD for $24.95, plus shipping and handling. To order a copy, please call the Franciscan University Bookstore at 1-888-333-0381, or visit them online. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND

BACCALAUREATE MASS

Baccalaureate Mass begins at 6:00 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on Friday, May 10. Seats are at a first come, first serve basis. All students processing in must report in academic garb by 5:15 to the specified locations.

All Masters Candidates report to the Baron Room
AA and BA candidates report to the Aerobics Room
BS and BSN candidates report to the Flexibility Room
Further instructions will be given at rehearsal.

GRADUATION RECEPTION

The evening of Friday, May 10, all graduating students, their families, faculty, staff, and honored guests are invited to attend the reception from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. in the JC Williams Center. Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University will be available for photos with graduates.

Alumni Survey

Please take a few minutes to let us know what your plans are after graduation!

Important Information

Grade & Graduation Eligibility Information

Each student will receive a degree audit from the Registrar’s Office indicating whether or not he or she is in satisfactory progress to graduate. If any deficiencies are indicated, they should be resolved immediately. Students with unresolved deficiencies, or who are otherwise not in satisfactory progress to graduate (low GPA, etc.), will not be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony for that degree.

Degrees

Students who complete more than one major will only receive one degree. Those students with majors in both a BA and a BS program will automatically receive a BA degree. If you would like to receive a BS instead you must notify the Registrar no later than Friday, April 10, 2020. Students will participate only in the commencement ceremony which corresponds with their degree.

Graduating With Honors

Students earning a 3.5 overall GPA or higher may be eligible for academic honors (cum laude: 3.50-3.69, magna cum laude: 3.70-3.89, or summa cum laude: 3.90-4.00). Transfer students must have earned at least 62 credit hours at Franciscan University to be eligible for honors. Students receiving academic honors will wear a gold honor cord for commencement. These cords will be handed out at rehearsal. Since final grades for the Spring 2019 semester will not be submitted until after the May 9th commencement ceremony, honor cords will be handed out based on GPA at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. Final Honors, printed on diploma and transcript, will be determined after all grades have been received.

Diplomas

Diplomas do not include major or minor areas of study because the degree conferred and attested to by the diploma is simply “Bachelor of Arts,” etc. The major is separate from the degree. Majors and minors are listed on the transcript, which is most often requested by employers.

All diplomas will be mailed to students. Please make sure we have the correct mailing address.

No diploma will be mailed if the student still owes a balance. Diplomas will be held until all balances are cleared with Student Accounts.

Transcripts

Transcripts showing the conferral of a degree may take up to two weeks to be available, but students may submit a request for an updated transcript before departing Steubenville. On the request form you must circle “Hold until statement of degree is available” to make sure the conferral date is indicated before the transcript is sent. If an initial transcript is needed before the semester is over, a separate request must be submitted.

Important: Account balances must be paid in full before transcripts are released.

Other Questions?

General questions about the Graduation ceremonies should be directed to the Registrar at (740) 283-6226 (option 4), or [email protected]

“The Lord’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning” – Lam. 3:22-23

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