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Commencement

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2016! On behalf of the Commencement Committee, we would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you as you make your way out into the world. We are looking forward to seeing you, our newest alumni, go forth to teach, lead, care for, and serve all those in need within our global community. Don't forget to keep us aware of your successes through our Alumni Office. 

    Please enjoy photos and videos from this day of celebration.


    Photo Galleries

    View photo galleries from the 2016 Commencement Exercises held on Sunday, May 8: 

    Graduate Ceremony 

    Undergraduate Ceremony 

    Prints of photos may be purchased from the photographer J.D. Cavrich.

    In addition, Roles Lifetouch Photography Studio photographed each graduate as they received their diploma. Information was mailed to parents prior to graduation. Proofs and order forms will be mailed after graduation.


    Videos




  • Graduation Details 2017

    Please check this page at a later date to receive information about Commencement 2017. 

    Commencement Week Schedule of Events

    *Note: While Commencement 2016 has already passed, the schedule will remain similar in coming years. An updated schedule for Commencement Weekend 2017 will become available as details are confirmed.

  • Introduction

    Preparing for Graduation Checklist

    Preparing for Graduation Checklist.

    Cap & Gown Information

    Visit the Herff-Jones website and order your cap and gown on-line. The deadline to order is March 4, 2016.

    Caps and gowns will be distributed in the JFK Lounge on the following dates:

    • April 11 from 12 p.m.—5 p.m.
    • April 12 from 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

    After the above distribution dates, caps and gowns may be picked up on the following dates:

    • Daily Monday—Friday 8 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (Mail Services in the JFK Center)
    • Saturday, May 7—8 a.m.—11:30 a.m. (Mail Services in the JFK Center)
    • Sunday, May 8—8:30 a.m.—2 p.m. (Stokes Athletics Center)

    The cost of your cap and gown is included in the graduation fee that will be billed to your student account by the Business Office.

    Other important dates

    • April 1 - Ticket sales begin for the Undergraduate Dinner and Graduate Reception - Visit http://my.francis.edu to place your order.
    • April 26 - President’s Awards Convocation - JFK Auditorium 7 p.m.
    • May 5 - Last Day to purchase Undergraduate Dinner and Graduate Reception tickets.  Credit card purchases will be accepted until the day of the event.  Visit http://my.francis.edu to reserve your tickets starting April 1.

    Graduation Announcements

    Personalized announcement packages may be purchased through Herff-Jones. Announcements will arrive personalized with your name, degree, major and commencement date information. The Saint Francis University Bookstore carries general announcement packets for students who prefer a simpler option.

    Parking

    Parking for Commencement is available in the commuter parking lot adjacent to the Stokes Athletics Center and in the parking lot adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Student Center. Those who have difficulty walking or who use a wheelchair may be dropped off near the main entrance. University police officers will be stationed near the Stokes Athletics Center to provide directions. If you have questions in the weeks before Commencement regarding special parking needs, please contact University Police at (814) 472-3360 (814) 472-3360.

    Directions to campus

    Hotel Accommodations

    For those interested in arranging overnight accommodations in the local area, a list of area hotels and motels is available.

    Photography

    During the Commencement exercises, Roles Lifetouch Photography Studio will photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma. The photography studio will mail information about the handshake photos to parents prior to Commencement; proofs and order forms will be mailed after graduation.

    Photo opportunities will be available in the JFK Auditorium following the Graduate Ceremony, and on the Commencement stage in DeGol Arena following the Undergraduate ceremony. LifeTouch photographers will also be available to take posed pictures of graduates in the JFK Auditorium following the Graduate and Undergraduate ceremonies.

    Accessibility Accommodations

    Saint Francis aims to ensure that all guests enjoy an accessible commencement. Wheelchair reservations, requests for interpreters, and all other accessibility requests can be made by contacting April Fry at (814) 472-3176(814) 472-3176 or afry@francis.edu

    Questions?

    A final schedule of all University services (John F. Kennedy Student Center hours, Saint Francis University Bookstore hours, and Torvian Cafe and Frankie's hours) will be available at the Information Desk in the upper level of the John F. Kennedy Student Center during Commencement Weekend. If you have any questions regarding Commencement weekend activities, please contact 814-472-3005814-472-3005. Congratulations to you and your families. Enjoy the weekend!

     

    May 4-6

    May 4, 2016

    WhenWhatWhere
    5 p.m.Alumni PicnicJFK Lounge

    May 5, 2016

    WhenWhatWhere
    7:30 p.m.The Senior Formal will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. In Liberty Hall at the U.S. Hotel Tavern, located at 401 S. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg,. This year’s theme will be Cinco de Mayo. Cost: Discounted tickets are $35.00 per person at the Graduation Fair. After the Graduation Fair, ticket prices increase to $37.00 per person. Seniors should RSVP by purchasing tickets no later than April 1, 2016, in the Center for Student Engagement. The formal may sell out, so don’t wait until the deadline to buy your ticket. US Hotel, Hollidaysburg, PA

    May 6, 2016

    WhenWhatWhere
    5:30 p.m.Physical Therapy Recognition Ceremony & DinnerJFK Auditorium & Lounge

     

    May 7

    May 7, 2016

    WhenWhatWhere
    10 amOccupational Therapy Pinning Ceremony & ReceptionJFK Auditorium & Lounge
    1 pmNurses Pinning CeremonyJFK Auditorium & Lounge
    4 pmBell Tower Ceremony - Graduates should meet at the Bell Tower at 3:50 p.m. Following the bell ringing, graduates will process to the Stokes Athletics Center for the Baccalaureate Mass. The ceremony is weather permitting.Bell Tower, Campus Mall
    4:45 pmBaccalaureate Mass - An opportunity for the graduates, their friends and families, and faculty and staff to pray in thanksgiving for the opportunity to have come together to live and learn. All denominations are welcome to attend. No tickets are required.DeGol Arena
    Following Baccalaureate MassThe buffet dinner will be served in the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center Auxiliary Gym on Saturday, May 7, for undergraduate candidates, their families and friends. Students receive three (3) complimentary tickets (one ticket for the graduate and two additional tickets for family members). Beginning Friday, April 1, Undergraduate candidates can order tickets on line via http://my.francis.edu. All complimentary tickets and extra tickets purchased via credit card will be printable from the http://my.francis.edu page. All cash payment tickets will require cash payment at the Business Office before the tickets can be printed on my.francis.  Cash payment ticket reservations will be accepted until noon on Thursday, May 5. Credit card payments will be accepted until the day of the dinner.  More information will be posted on the Commencement page in the next few weeks. Any questions regarding ticket purchases can be directed to Maddie Gresek at (814) 472-3260 or Tina Wood at (814) 472-3007. Stokes Aux Gym

     

    May 8

    Sunday, May 8, 2016

    WhenWhatWhere
    9:15 amGraduate Candidates Report to StokesStokes Athletics Center
    10 amMassImmaculate Conception Chapel
    9:45 amGraduate Commencement Procession beginsStokes Athletics Center
    10 amGraduate Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 8, in the DeGol Arena of the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center. The procession will begin at 9:45 a.m. and Commencement exercises begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.Tickets are not necessary for the Graduate Commencement ceremony. There are no reserved seats for guests. Special seating arrangements will be made for the physically challenged on the main floor of the DeGol Arena. We ask that you restrict the number of guests seated on the floor to one or two people, as seating is limited. Other family members should sit in the regular audience seats.  Following the graduate ceremony, the DeGol Arena will be cleared to allow time to prepare for the Undergraduate Commencement.  No one will be permitted to remain in the arena between ceremonies.  Graduate candidates who wish to take photos after the ceremony may do so in the JFK Auditorium during the Graduate Reception.  LifeTouch photographers will also be available in the JFK Auditorium to take posed pictures of graduates.DeGol Arena, Stokes Athletics Center
    10 amSocial Work pinning ceremony and brunchFrankie’s, John F. Kennedy Center
    11:15 amA reception for graduate candidates and their families will be held in the John F. Kennedy Center immediately following the Graduate Commencement exercises. Graduates receive three (3) complimentary tickets (one ticket for the graduate and two additional tickets for family members). Beginning Friday, April 1, graduate candidates can order tickets on line via my.francis. All complimentary tickets and extra tickets purchased via credit card will be printable from the my.francis page. All cash payment tickets will require cash payment at the Business Office before the tickets can be printed on my.francis.  Cash payment ticket reservations will be accepted until noon on Thursday, May 5. Credit card payments will be accepted until the day of the reception.  More information will be posted on the Commencement page in the next few weeks. Any questions regarding ticket purchases can be directed to Maddie Gresek at (814) 472-3260 or Tina Wood at (814) 472-3007.  John F. Kennedy Center Lounge
    1:15 pmUndergraduate Candidates Report to StokesStokes Athletics Center
    1:45 pmUndergraduate Candidates Procession beginsStokes Athletics Center
    2 pmUndergraduate Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 8, in the DeGol Arena of the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center. The DeGol Arena will open at 12:30 p.m. for graduation. The procession will begin at 1:45 p.m. and Commencement exercises begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are not necessary for the Commencement ceremony. There are no reserved seats for guests. Ample seating is available for family and friends. Special seating arrangements will be made for the physically challenged on the main floor of the DeGol Arena. We ask that you restrict the number of guests seated on the floor to one or two people, as seating is limited. Other family members should sit in the regular audience seats. DeGol Arena, Stokes Athletics Center