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Manchester University 2022 Commencement is May 21

The Manchester University community eagerly awaits the Class of 2022 Commencement, where graduating students will be honored for their hard work and academic achievements. 

Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 21 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus: 

  • 9 a.m. - Graduate and Professional ceremonies, encompassing: Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Athletic Training and Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics
  • 11:30 a.m. - Master of Accountancy and undergraduate programs in the Gilbert College of Business and College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences
  • 2:30 p.m. - College of Arts and Humanities; College of Education and Social Sciences

    These ceremonies will be livestreamed on Manchester Facebook,, for those unable to attend in-person. Use #ManchesterGraduation to share photos on social media. The University will honor front-line workers.

    Graduates will be permitted only a certain number of guests and groups will need to maintain social distancing. Masks or further COVID-19 measures will be determined by CDC recommendations at the time Commencement takes place. 

    The Baccalaureate service, which is open to the public, is 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 in Cordier Auditorium. Baccalaureate is a service of reflection and celebration honoring the Manchester University Class of 2022. It will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

    The Pharmacy Hooding is 2 p.m. Friday at the Mirro Center in Fort Wayne.

    White Coat Ceremony 2018For the media
    If you take pictures during the ceremony, you must wear clear ID showing that you are a member of the press. We discourage family members from wandering around to take pictures, and your ID makes it clear you are working. Suggestions: 1) Right after each ceremony, students will be hugging each other, family members and faculty all over the Manchester Mall. 2) Some undergraduate students often go all out decorating their mortarboard hats.
  • Cutline information: Top: Undergraduate students in the Class of 2022 during Welcome Week in 2018. Bottom: 2018 White Coat ceremony for the pharmacy Class of 2022.