Graduation 2018 - Student Information

2016 Commencement

Congratulations! You are near the completion of your studies and are eligible for graduation from Manchester University in 2018.


BACCALAUREATE, Friday, May 18, 6 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium 

RECEPTION Friday, May 18, 7 p.m., Haist Commons.

For all graduates and their guests.

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES, Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium

Meet at 9 a.m. in the Science Center to robe and assemble for the traditional processional march to Cordier. If it is raining, MU officials may move robing to Cordier.

UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT, Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC)

Meet at 1:45 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium to robe and assemble for the traditional processional march to the PERC.  If it is raining, MU officials may move robing to the PERC auxiliary gym. Rain, wind or other weather conditions could move the post-Commencement celebration to Haist Commons.

Attendance at Commencement is required and allows you and others who have supported you to celebrate this important moment in your life. If you are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony you must request permission in advance from the vice president for academic resources before Commencement in order to graduate in absentia. For information, please contact Kathrine Dwyer at ext. 5051 or




  • No tickets are needed for Baccalaureate.
  • For Undergraduate Commencement, each graduate is provided five tickets in a reserved section. Reserved seating is held until 2:15 p.m. Open seating is available for persons without tickets. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets will be attached to your cap and gown and can be picked up in the Campus Store when available in the Jo Young Switzer Center. See PERC floor plan
  • Facilities are handicapped-accessible for both Baccalaureate and Commencement. It is helpful for ushers to know in advance how much handicapped seating will be needed. If you will have guests who require special seating, please contact Jill Manns at ext. 5050 or




During Commencement, the president of the Alumni Association welcomes the graduating class into the Alumni Association. A member of the graduating class then speaks. The student speaker is selected by a committee including the president, both academic vice presidents, dean for student experience, and faculty representatives from each college. Students graduating summa or magna cum laude, those who have received prestigious academic awards, or are the recipient of the Student Leadership Award are among those eligible for selection. If you have any questions regarding this process, contact Jill Manns at ext. 5050 or




A special graduation day luncheon will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jo Young Switzer Center, Haist Commons. The menu is all-you-care-to-eat. Click here for more information about the menu and pricing.




If parents or guests coming to Commencement need overnight accommodations, please see the suggested list of accommodations here.




The Campus Store will communicate about ordering your cap and gown. Make sure you try on your cap and gown before the day of Commencement.

When worn properly, the mortarboard cap should be level on top. It is also advisable to take your gown out of the packaging and hang it up a few days before Commencement to release it of wrinkles. Contact Heather Gochenaur at the Campus Store for more information before ordering.




Manchester University has a long history of supporting the graduation pledge, a voluntary affirmation of the signers’ commitment to consider the environmental and social impact of whatever work they choose to pursue. Each year, 50-60 percent of the graduating class signs the pledge and wears a green ribbon in recognition of that commitment.

We invite you to consider signing the graduation pledge yourself, which can be done online. We ask that you sign the pledge before May 11 to ensure we have enough ribbons for all signers. The pledge reads:

“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

Click here to learn more about Manchester University's history with the pledge.




Each student will be photographed as his/her diploma is presented by the president of the University. Information will be sent to the student's home following Commencement. Each student will receive a free proof and the opportunity to purchase additional copies. There is no obligation to purchase these pictures.

In addition, a digital recording of the commencement ceremonies will be available to stream online or download after graduation.



THE ALUMNI OFFICE often receives the question of whether a graduate can be included in reunions of a class other than the one in which they are graduating. The answer is yes. Please let the Alumni Office know with which class you want to be listed, and they will be happy to include you in those mailings. For more information please contact the Alumni office at ext. 5223 or




Manchester University is dedicated to the success of our graduates, and the Office of Career Services (OCS) is here to help! Alumni can utilize career services any time by appointment. Please contact Glenna Castillo.

Services include:

  • strategies for finding a job
  • assistance with graduate school applications
  • resume and cover letter reviews
  • interviewing practice
  • negotiating ideas
  • job listings
  • successful practices on the job




Graduates will receive a diploma cover during Commencement ceremonies, a common practice among colleges and universities. Once graduates complete their academic work, settle any remaining financial obligations to MU, and complete Federal Loan Exit Counseling, their diplomas will be available for pickup or mailing on a date to be determined. Please contact the Office of the Registrar if you have questions about the completion of academic requirements..



Best wishes as you approach this milestone!