Franciscan University of Steubenville

76th Annual Commencement
Celebrating the Class of 2024

With great pride, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s President, Board of Trustees, and faculty present the graduates of the Class of 2024.



Baccalaureate Mass:
Friday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)

Commencement Ceremony: The School of Natural and Applied Science & The School of Professional Programs 
Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Commencement Ceremony: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences & The School of Theology and Philosophy
Saturday, May 11  at 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)


Each of these events will be held in Finnegan Fieldhouse.


Each graduate will receive five guest tickets for commencement.

Tickets will be distributed May 8th, 9th, and 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, location TBD.


Academic Garb

All caps and gowns must be ordered online at All cap and gown orders need to be ordered by March 26 to pick up in the Franciscan Bookstore (starting on May 6). The ordering deadline to ship your cap and gown home is April 12. A shipping fee applies to regalia that is shipped to homes. 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. 



Students who have submitted an application for graduation and indicated on the application they would be attending the commencement ceremony will receive 5 guest tickets for family and/or friends. Graduation applications are due by Friday, March 29, 2024. If you would like to change your attendance status, please email [email protected] prior to Friday, March 29, 2024. Information on ticket distribution will be announced soon. Contact the Registrar if you have questions regarding tickets.


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 in front of a green screen. You will receive wallet-sized proofs of these photos after commencement. Orders may be made online at or by calling 800-482-0321. Questions may be emailed to [email protected] 


Grade and Graduation Eligibility

After submitting their graduation application, 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. 



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 12, 2024. Students will participate only in the commencement ceremony which corresponds with their degree. 


Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate 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 distributed at the same time as tickets. Since final grades for the Spring 2024 semester will not be submitted until after the commencement ceremony, honor cords will be handed out based on GPA at the end of the Fall 2023 semester. Final Honors, printed on diploma and transcript, will be determined after all grades have been received. 



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 in June to the address submitted on the back of their graduation application. 

Diplomas will not be sent unless all requirements, as stated in the University catalog, are complete; as well, the student’s financial obligation to the University must be satisfied. 



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 and indicate “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. 


ADA Accommodations

If you will need special accommodations (i.e. for a wheelchair) please contact Dave Fatula at [email protected]. 


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.


Shuttles Guests staying at The Inn and Suites at Franciscan Square and Wingate by Wyndham on University Blvd. or Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Comfort Inn in Weirton, WV are encouraged to leave their vehicles at the hotels. University shuttle vans will transport guest from these hotels to campus. Shuttles will run from Steubenville/Weirton hotels on the following schedule:

  • Steubenville hotels: Friday, May 10, every 15 minutes from 4 p.m.- 10:30 p.m
  • Steubenville Hotels: Saturday, May 11, every 15 minutes from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Weirton Hotels: Friday, May 10, every half hour from 4 p.m. -10:30 p.m.
  • Weirton Hotels: Saturday, May 11, every half hour from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ADA Accessibility

If you have a guest who will need special accommodations (i.e. for a wheelchair) please contact Dave Fatula at [email protected]. 

Graduation by Schools

Saturday, May 11, 2024

9:00 A.M. ceremony:

Arrive by 8:00 A.M.

  • The School of Natural and Applied Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry/BioChem
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science/CIS
  • The School of Professional Programs
    • Business Majors
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education/Child Dev.
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • MA Counseling

12:30 P.M. Ceremony

Arrive by 11:30 A.M.

  • The School of Humanities and Social Science
    • Classics and Modern Lang.
    • Communication Arts
    • English
    • HCC/Political Science
    • History/Anthropology
    • Scociology
    • Sacred Music
    • Theatre
  • The School of Theology and Philosophy
    • Catechetics
    • Philosophy
    • Theology
    • MA Catholic Studies


  • All graduates will participate in the same Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 10, at 6:00 P.M. Graduates should arrive by 5:15 P.M. to line up in the Aerobics Room of the Finnegan Fieldhouse.


  • Doors open one hour before the Baccalaureate Mass and each ceremony.


  • Each student who has indicated they will attend commencement will receive 5 tickets to their ceremony. Additional tickets are not available from our office but can be obtained from other graduates if needed. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass.


  • Tickets must be picked up by the graduate themselves on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday the week of graduation. Friends cannot pick up on behalf of someone else.


  • If you are getting an associates in general science, you are part of the HSS School and will walk in the afternoon ceremony.


  • Students walking with an associate’s degree in May but graduation with a bachelor’s degree in August or December are welcome to walk with their classmates in the ceremony which matches their bachelor’s major. Please let the Registrar Office know by March 31st which ceremony you would like to attend.


  • All students who would like to change whether they attend must let the Registrar Office know by March 31st by email or phone.


  • Students will need the appropriate gown and hood for the degree they are earning, so make sure to put in the correct degree and major when ordering from Herff Jones. The master’s gown and hood are different than the bachelor’s!


  • Keep an eye on your email for more info as we get closer to the ceremonies!


Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call 740-284-5224