Commencement Information | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Commencement Information 



    Dates & Times

    • Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. 

      Celebrant, homilist, and honoree:
      Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh

      Doors open at 5:15
      All graduating students, families and guests are invited, no tickets are required.
    • Commencement Ceremonies: Saturday, May 13 

      All events in Finnegan Fieldhouse

      Tickets are required for commencement ceremonies, more information below

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    Applications for graduation are due by Friday, March 31, 2017. 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 to RSVP ASAP.

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    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

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    Rehearsal will take place in the Finnegan Fieldhouse, on Thursday, May 11, 2017. 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.

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    You may purchase your cap and gown at the Franciscan University Bookstore beginning on Monday, April 25. 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 or by calling 800-482-0321. Questions may be emailed to

    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 by emailing

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    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.

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    Three Franciscan students will be commissioned officers in the U.S. Army at 10:00 a.m. in the Seminar Room of the St. Joseph Center. Learn More »


    Baccalaureate Mass begins at 6:00 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on Friday, May 12. 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.

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    The evening of Friday, May 12, 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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    Senior grades must be submitted by faculty to the Registrar's Office by 12 noon on Thursday, May 11. Grades will be entered as soon as possible.

    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.

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    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, March 31, 2017. Students will participate only in the commencement ceremony which corresponds with their degree.

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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.

    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.

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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  

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