Graduation 2020 - Student Information


Congratulations! You are near the completion of your studies and are eligible for graduation from Manchester University in 2020.


BACCALAUREATE, Friday, May 15, 6 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium 

RECEPTION Friday, May 15, 7 p.m., Haist Commons

For all graduates and their guests.

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES, Saturday, May 16, 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.

UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT, Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC)

Meet at 1:15 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 indoors 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 affairs before Commencement in order to graduate in absentia. For information, please contact Kathrine Dwyer at ext. 5140 or




Facilities are accessible for both Baccalaureate and Commencement. If you have guests who require accessible seating, please contact Jill Manns at ext. 5050 or




During Commencement, the president of the Alumni Association will welcome 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, vice president for academic affairs, vice president for student life, 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








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




You are required to order your cap and gown. Please order at Please do so before March 30, 2020. Orders will be
available at the Campus Store on May 4. 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.




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.

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 and Professional Development is here to help! Alumni can utilize these services any time by appointment. Please send inquiries to

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.