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.

Pick Up Your Attire at GRAD FINALE!!

UPDATE: Grad Finale has been canceled given the campus closure. Rest assured that the Registrar’s Office and the Bookstore will work together to solidify a plan for the distribution of academic regalia. 

Dates: Thursday, April 16 from 11:00am-7:00pm and Friday, April 17, 2020 from 11:00am-3:00pm in the DeNaples Center McIllhenny Ballroom

The purpose of the Grad Finale is to provide an opportunity for graduating students 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.
    Regular bookstore hours are:
    • Monday - 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-6:00pm
    • Saturday (of Commencement weekend): 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Graduates who do not attend Grad Finale and are not able to pick up their academic attire on campus prior to their Commencement Ceremony may have their cap, gown and hood delivered to them. Please see directions below.
  • Receive 10 Commencement announcements following completion of the Career Development survey. If you cannot attend Grad Finale, both undergraduate and graduate students can pick up your announcements in the Office of the Registrar and Academic Services in O'Hara Hall or at the University bookstore; 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;
  • For additional information or questions about Grad Finale, please contact Lauren Rivera, Dean of Students, at 570-941-7680 or in 201 DeNaples Center.

Josten's Ring Special - Spring 2020


Commencement Dress Code Standards

Academic ceremonies, including Commencement, are important to the history and tradition of The University of Scranton. Commencement ceremonies convey the scholarly tradition and formal tone befitting of an academic ceremony.  This document sets forth standards related to the academic regalia worn at commencement ceremonies by students, as well as the process by which student organizations and programs may seek approval to add ornamentation to the regalia to signify a student’s membership or association. Ornamentation includes any addition to the university-issued traditional academic regalia, such as medallions, stoles, pins, sashes, ribbons and cords.

Academic Regalia

Candidates for degrees wear the appropriate black graduation gown, mortar board (cap) and tassel. While mortarboards may be personalized, no personal decorations, scarves, shawls, jewelry, corsages or other accessories may be added to the approved gown beyond the academic and ornamentation outlined below. Adornments added to the mortar board should be confined to the top of the mortarboard and lay flat so as not obstruct the view of others at the ceremony or interfere with another’s participation in the ceremony. Only the university-issued tassel may hang or dangle from the mortar board.

Ceremonial Ornaments, Honor Cords, Pins, Stoles and Sashes

Graduates who have distinguished academic achievements or who have participated in a recognized academic or student organization may wear a university-issued or university-sanctioned ceremonial medallion, stole, pin, sash, ribbon or honor cord with their academic regalia.

Examples include:

  • Medallions that reflect receipt of a University award,
  • Cords that reflect qualified membership in an approved academic honor society,
  • Stoles that reflect participation in a university-recognized academic honor society, student organization or study-abroad program,
  • Pins that reflect an academic honor or university-recognized professional association affiliation.

Medallions, stoles, pins, sashes, ribbons and other ceremonial ornaments must comply with University standards. Ornamentation must be furnished and managed by the respective university group bestowing the honor. Sashes may not be more than three inches in width.

Master and doctoral degree candidates may only wear university-issued regalia and ornamentation as described above. Medallions, stoles, pins, sashes and other ceremonial ornaments issued to the student while s/he was an undergraduate at the University of Scranton or another institution may not be worn with University of Scranton graduate-level academic regalia.

All ornamentation, including those that use University marks (logo, seal) must be approved by the Office of the Provost at least two weeks prior to Commencement.

Graduates will be asked to remove or conceal any adornments that are offensive or that do not comply with these standards prior to participation in the ceremony.

Questions regarding academic regalia may be directed to the Office of the Provost.                

Senior Week Registration and Events

Only undergraduate, full time members of the Class of 2020 are eligible to participate in Senior Week events currently scheduled for the week of May 25. As of this time, the University has not canceled Senior Week or postponed Commencement activities. Information regarding Senior Week events, registration, costs, status, etc. will be shared with students no later than Monday, May 11.  

Please contact 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 2020.  Please click here to review the Graduate Commencement map and reminders.
  • Placement cards for Bachelor's degree candidates must be picked up at either the Senior Week Registration on Sunday, May 24, 2020 from 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m. in the DeNaples Center Theater or at the DeNaples Center 1st Floor Lobby on Wednesday, May 27, or Friday, May 29, during Senior Week from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Please click here to review the Undergraduate Commencement map and reminders.