• Commencement Events 2015

    General Information

    There is a lot of very important information on this page for both Graduate and Undergraduate commencement exercises. Please review this whole page before contacting the Registrar, and check back often as this information—including deadlines—is subject to change.

    Dates and Times

    • Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.
    • Graduate Commencement: Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. 
    • Undergraduate Commencement: Saturday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.

    Live Streaming Events

    All events will be livestreamed, check back for details.





    Applications for graduation are due by Friday, March 27, 2015. 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 registrar@franciscan.edu to RSVP ASAP.

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    Students must apply for graduation with the Registrar's Office. Applied seniors will receive an email the first week of April to register for up to four tickets. After the first registration, any excess tickets will go back into a pool. The second week of April, another email will go out, indicating whether or not more tickets are available. The registration process will be the same, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis of distribution.


    If you have a guest who will need accommodations for a disability, please contact Bekah Hawrot Weigel at rweigel@franciscan.edu  

    If you are unable to secure enough tickets for all guests, be advised that the undergraduate ceremony 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.)

    NOTE: Tickets are not needed for the Graduate Commencement ceremonies.

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    All students participating in the commencement ceremony must attend rehearsal. Rehearsal for graduate students is on Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. beginning in the Aerobics Room in the upstairs of Finnegan Fieldhouse and will last approximately one hour. Rehearsal for undergraduate students is on Friday, May 8 starting at 9:30 a.m. beginning the the hallway outside of the Aerobics Room in the upstairs of Finnegan Fieldhouse. Formation of the procession line and pronunciation of names will be reviewed. At rehearsal you will receive important instructions regarding academic garb, the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. Undergraduates who reserved their tickets will receive them at the end of rehearsal. Students finding it impossible to attend rehearsal must contact the Registrar’s Office by Friday, April 24.

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    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.

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    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 gradfoto.com or by calling 866-963-8421. Questions may be emailed to customerservice@gradfoto.com.

    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 gradfoto.com by emailing customerservice@gradfoto.com with your graduate’s name and the email addresses for up to six relatives and friends.

    NOTE: The information on the Graduation Newsletter mailed to parents and students in March listed the incorrect contact information for the photographer. Please use the information above when contacting Graduation Foto.  

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    Graduation videos covering the Baccalaureate Mass homily and Commencement exercises will be available on DVD for $27.95, 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.

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    Baccalaureate Mass begins at 6:00 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on Friday, May 8. No tickets are required although seating is limited. Masters candidates should report to the Baron room. AA/BA candidates should report to the aerobics room, and BS/BSN candidates should report to the flexibility room (upper level of the FFH) in academic garb by 5:15 p.m. Further instructions will be given at rehearsal.

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

    Further instructions will be given at rehearsal.

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    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.-10:30 p.m. in the JC Williams Center. Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University will be available for photos with graduates.

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    Doors of Finnegan Fieldhouse open to guests at 8:15 a.m.

    Graduates should arrive garbed to the Aerobics Room in the upper level of Finnegan Fieldhouse at 8:30 a.m. Diplomas will be distributed immediately following the ceremony in the racquetball courts. Diplomas not claimed immediately following the ceremony will be mailed.  

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    Doors of Finnegan Fieldhouse open to guests at 10:45 a.m.. Guests are required to present their tickets at the door.  

    AA/BA candidates should report to the aerobics room, and BS/BSN candidates should report to the flexibility room (upper level of the FFH) in their graduation garb by 10:45 a.m. Cards that indicate your position in the lineup, along with other necessary information for the announcement of diplomas, will be distributed. You must have this card when you lineup to receive your diploma. The procession will form at 11:15 a.m. Diplomas will be distributed in the upstairs of Finnegan Fieldhouse immediately following the ceremony. Diplomas not claimed immediately following the ceremony will be mailed.  

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    Senior grades must be submitted by faculty to the Registrar's Office by 12 noon on Thursday, May 7. Grades will be entered as soon as possible and should appear on the FUS Web by Friday morning, May 8.

    Each student should receive a degree audit indicating whether or not he or she is in progress for graduating. If any deficiencies are indicated, take care of them immediately. Otherwise, the Registrar will notify students by rehearsal if they have failed to meet requirements for graduation (failed courses, low GPA, etc.).

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    Those students who double-majored will only receive one degree, and 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, March 27, 2015.

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    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 their last 62 consecutive 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. Honors will not be determined until all grades have been received. Also, a gold bar will be affixed to the diploma indicating honors status.

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    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.

    Those graduates who do not attend commencement will have their diploma mailed to them by the Registrar's office. Make sure we have the correct mailing address.

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

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    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.

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    General questions about the Graduation ceremonies should be directed to the Registrar at (740) 283-6226 (option 4), or registrar@franciscan.edu  

      "Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong" -1 Cor. 16:13.