Commencement 2020


December 2020 TBD, Alma Grace McDonough Center

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the May commencement ceremony and have initially planned to tentatively hold graduation for the class of 2020 on Saturday, December 12. We continue to take feedback surrounding this plan and we will be considering other dates and options as well. We don’t know what the future holds in terms of this pandemic so all planning at this point is tentative and subject to change. However, President Favede is committed to holding an in-person commencement for the class of 2020.


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Wednesday, April 22

6:00 p.m. Honors Convocation
The Honors Convocation will take place in the Troy Theatre. Convocation honors the seniors as a class and recognizes individual students for outstanding academic accomplishments and service to the University community. This event is for graduates and their families.  Light refreshments will be served.  A ticket is required to attend.

Friday, May 1
10:00 a.m. Commencement Practice

Commencement practice will be held in the Alma Grace McDonough Center.   All graduating students are expected to attend.

11:00 a.m. Senior Family Brunch
Brunch for the graduating seniors and their families will be held in the Benedum Room. All graduating seniors are admitted free with a ticket; tickets for your guests will be available for $12.00 each at the Graduation Fair.  A ticket is required to attend.


7:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass
The Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Alma Grace McDonough Center. This service is a spiritual celebration for faculty, staff, seniors, and their families. The Most Reverend Mark E. Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston, will preside offering a blessing for the seniors.  The service will last about one hour and all faiths are invited to attend.  The seniors will wear gowns with no hats or hoods and are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to prepare for the procession.


8:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Reception
A Reception will be held in the Benedum Room immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass.  Each student will receive three tickets for this event as part of the graduation package (one for the graduate and two guests).  Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $21.00 each at the Graduation Fair. The Rathskellar will be open and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase with a valid ID.   A ticket is required to attend. 


Saturday, May 2

10:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Alma Grace McDonough Center.  Academic attire is required.  Graduates will begin to line up at 9:45 a.m. Please encourage your family members to arrive early enough to allow time for parking and walking and be in their seats by 10:15 a.m.  Special accommodation seating will be available.  A community reception will be held in the lobby of the Alma Grace McDonough Center immediately following the ceremony.


Commencement Attire

Academic attire will be worn for Commencement and the Baccalaureate Mass.  In addition to the traditional cap and gown regalia, specific students who have excelled academically are entitled to wear honor cords, and graduation stoles (sashes) may also be worn to signify achievement through or membership in university organizations.  Academic attire will need to be ironed or steamed.


Commencement Photos

Prestige Photography and Video will be the official photographer for the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony. This photographer will also be available prior to the ceremony from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. and after the ceremony to take individual or small group portraits.  A price list is enclosed.



All diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to the address provided during the Graduation Application Process; students should expect to receive their diploma by the end of June.  August graduates will receive their diplomas via mail by the end of September.  Diplomas will not be sent unless all requirements, as stated in the University catalog are complete; as well, the student’s financial obligations to the University must be satisfied.


Special Accommodations

To accommodate special needs, reserved seating will be available for the handicapped and elderly in need of assistance.  To reserve seating, please notify Student Services at 304-243-2350. Limited handicapped parking will also be available in the Alma Grace McDonough Center lot for vehicles with a handicap parking placard.