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Commencement

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For more than 200 years the Mount has been graduating ethical leaders, making the commencement ceremony one of the most notable moments of your student career. We hope your big day runs smoothly and allows you to reflect on everything you have accomplished.

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If you have any questions please contact the Commencement Office at 301-447-5621 or commencement@msmary.edu.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 10

Saturday, May 11

  • Commencement - Knott ARCC, Knott Arena
  • Graduates
    • All graduates meet in the Field House - 10 a.m.
    • Doors open for guests - 10 a.m.
    • Procession begins - 10:45 a.m.
    • Commencement begins - 11 a.m.

Intent to Graduate

Undergraduates and master candidates who have completed the Intent to Graduate form and indicated that they will attend the in-person ceremony are invited to commencement. Contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@msmary.edu with any questions.

Caps and Gowns

Now is the time to order your cap and gown for Commencement! Caps and gowns are sold online exclusively through Herff Jones; please visit the Herff Jones website to purchase your cap, gown and hood, graduation announcements and diploma frames. For best prices, order online by April 14, 2024; shipping costs increase after this date. The last date to place your order is April 25, 2024.

Graduates are expected to wear the Cap & Gown as-is with no embellishments or modifications.

Any questions concerning cap and gown orders should be directed to the Bookstore at (301) 447-5271 or mountbookstore@msmary.edu.

Name Pronunciation

Make sure your names are pronounced correctly as you walk across the stage in May by taking the following steps:

  1. Make a recording (audio or video) of how you want your full name to be pronounced at graduation (keep the recording short).
  2. Send that recording from your Mount email to myname@msmary.edu so that we may file your pronunciation electronically.

Class of 2024 Commencement Tickets

Tickets are required for the commencement exercises in the Knott Arena. Every undergraduate and graduate student will receive 5 tickets; these will be distributed at the Commencement Fair in April.

Tickets are now available for pick-up. Please visit:

Office of University Operations
150 McGowan Center
(lower level, next to Campus Ministry)
Monday to Friday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Livestream and Additional Ceremony Viewing

Commencement will be live-streamed for students and families who do not attend in person. Guests who are on campus can view the ceremonies at the Marion Burke Knott Auditorium, located on the west side of campus. Doors open one hour before the ceremony. This venue offers a less formal setting, with air conditioning and easy access to restrooms. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets are required for this venue. The livestream will also be available to off-campus viewers as well.

Special Accommodations

Accommodations for persons who are unable to climb steps, sit in bleachers or with disabilities are available upon request. The reserved special seating section is located directly on the Knott Arena floor behind the graduates. Special accommodation seats are included in the five (5) tickets distributed to each graduate.

Requests Special Accommodations

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m.

All are welcome - tickets are NOT needed for this Mass. Family members who are deacons and would like to assist, please contact Rev. Martin Moran at m.o.moran@msmary.edu by April 15, 2024, as you will need a letter of suitability from your bishop.

Flowers and Keepsakes

The Commencement Group will be at the graduation ceremony offering congratulatory flowers for your graduate. To contribute to a safe and efficient environment an online pre-order service is available. By ordering online, you can take advantage of a contact-free experience by simply picking up your reserved product at graduation.

Order Your Flowers and Keepsakes

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement Office at 301-447-5330 or commencement@msmary.edu.

Last updated Friday, February 23.