Prepare for Commencement Weekend


Academic Degree Requirements

The University of Scranton provides the opportunity for students who have completed degree requirements to confer their degree at one of four times throughout the academic year:

  • Summer degree conferral: August 31
  • Fall degree conferral: December 31
  • Intersession degree conferral: January 31
  • Spring degree conferral: Date of the formal Commencement exercises which is published in the academic calendar in the beginning of each academic year.

Commencement exercises are held once in the academic year, following the completion of the spring semester. Students that have their degree conferred in the applicable summer, fall, intersession or spring terms may participate in the Commencement exercises.

Special Needs

If you are a candidate for graduation with special needs to access the stage, please contact the Office of the Registrar & Academic Services Office at 570-941-7721 by May 1.


Get Your Caps and Gowns at GRAD FINALE!!

Dates: Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 11:00am-7:00pm in the DeNaples Center McIllhenny Ballroom

The purpose of the Grad Finale is to provide an opportunity for graduating seniors to easily complete some of the details associated with the upcoming commencement. During Grad Finale, you can accomplish the following things (which usually takes about 30 minutes - don't worry...there's refreshments!):

    • Receive your cap and gown from the University bookstore (fee for academic attire is included in the graduation fee); If you cannot attend Grad Finale, distribution of the cap and gown will take place at the University bookstore.Normal bookstore hours are:
      • Monday – Thursday: 9:00am-5:00pm
      • Friday: 9:00am-4:30pm
      • Saturday: 11:00am-3:00pm
    • Bookstore hours during Senior Week are:
      • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
      • Monday – Thursday: 9:00am-4:30pm
      • Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm
      • Saturday (of Commencement weekend): 8:00am-5:00pm
    • If you are away from campus or you will not attend Commencement activities but would like your cap and gown mailed, you may call the Bookstore at (570) 941-6393 to request your attire be sent to you at a cost of $5.30. When sending the check for $5.30, they do require a driver’s license number with expiration date. Be sure to include your height and weight as well as your name and address. Requests must be made by May 1 to ensure sufficient time for shipment.
    • Receive 10 Commencement announcements following completion of the Career Development survey. If you cannot attend Grad Finale, undergraduate students can pick-up your announcements in the Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development in Ciszek Hall (next to the Wellness Center on Mulberry Street) and graduate students can pick up your announcements in the Office of the Registrar and Academic Services in O'Hara Hall; You can also purchase supplemental personalized or photo announcements and class jewelry through Jostens.
    • Register with the Alumni Office to be sure you can keep track of your friends after Commencement;
    • Pay for your tickets to the undergraduate Senior Formal and other undergraduate Senior Week events; 
    •  For additional information or questions about Grad Finale, please contact Lauren Rivera, Dean of Students, at 570-941-7680 or in 201 DeNaples Center.

Senior Week Registration and Events

Information regarding Senior Week events, registration, and costs will be available in mid-March. Only undergraduate, full time members of the Class of 2018 are eligible to participate in Senior Week events. Please contact seniorprogramming@scranton.edu with any additional questions. 


Participating in Commencement (Placement Cards)

All graduates must have a placement card in order to participate in Graduate or Undergraduate Commencement.

  • Placement cards for Master's and Doctoral candidates will be mailed by mid-May 2018.
  • Placement cards for Bachelor's degree candidates must be picked up at either the Senior Week Registation on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m. in the DeNaples Center Theater or at the DeNaples Center 1st Floor Lobby on Wednesday, May 23, or Friday, May 25, during Senior Week from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.