Undergraduate Day, PLS and HDC Commencement

Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.

The Undergraduate Day, PLS and HDC Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020, on Curran Field. This ceremony is for students receiving BA, BS, BLS and BBA degrees from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, and the School of Health Studies and Education.

Arrival and Vesting of Graduates

Registration and vesting will be in Campion Student Center in the Fishbowl at 7:30 a.m.  Use the entrance across from the Chapel, go downstairs and to your right.  Academic attire is required for this ceremony. Please vest by wearing your cap and gown. Do not wear your hood, but carry it with you. We ask our graduates to be in their designated lines not later than 8:15.

Arrival of Guests

Seating for families and guests opens at 7:30 a.m. Any guests not seated by 8:30 a.m. may be asked to wait until the academic procession has entered the event venue and is seated. The procession could take at least 20 mins. Please plan to be in your seats early.


At registration each student will receive a name card that will be used to announce his or her name during the ceremony.

The Commencement marshals will request that all graduates line up for the procession. There will be two procession lines, one for the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Health Studies and Education and one for the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. Students should carefully ensure they are in the correct set of lines by college.

Academic Procession

Faculty marshals for each school will lead the procession to the graduate seating area, beginning at approximately 8:15 a.m.

Golden Hawks

As is tradition at Saint Joseph's, this ceremony will honor alumni celebrating their 50th class reunion. Please welcome the members of the class of 1969, who will be recognized in the course of the festivities.

Conferral and Presentation of Degrees

At the appointed time in the program, the appropriate Dean will present the degree candidates from each school to the President, who will officially confer degrees on the candidates. Following this conferral, the Dean will instruct the graduates to "don their hoods." This is the time for graduates to put on the hood they have carried with them.

Upon direction from the faculty marshals, graduates will approach the stage for the presentation of degrees. Graduates must have their name card with them at this time. Each college will be called separately, and each name will be read individually. Students should proceed quickly to the center of the stage, shake hands with the President as a photo is taken, receive the certificate, exit at the opposite end of the stage, and return to their seats.

Conclusion and Recessional

Following the benediction, the stage party and faculty will lead the academic procession to conclude the ceremony. The faculty marshals will instruct graduates to leave the seating area and follow the procession.

Severe Inclement Weather Plan

This ceremony is a rain-or-shine event. Under severe weather circumstances, the student procession may be canceled or the ceremony may be delayed. If conditions pose a danger to graduates or guests, the location of the event may change to the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena. Information on the status of the ceremony will be available online, on social media and by calling the university's weather line at 610-660-3333.

Instructions for graduates: Graduates should report to Hagan Arena by 7:30 a.m. for the Undergraduate Ceremony and 1:30 p.m. for the Graduate Ceremony, and enter through the student entrance on 54th Street. There will be signs directing students to this entrance.

Students and faculty will gather in the Casciato Basketball Practice Facility (Multipurpose Room) and process from there.

Students and families are encouraged to establish a location to meet after the ceremony outside the Hagan Arena.


Honors listed in the Commencement program for undergraduate day students are based on eight semesters of work. The final honors designation will appear on the diploma and official transcript. Honors will be conferred as follows:

summa cum laude | 3.85
magna cum laude | 3.70
cum laude | 3.50