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Commencement Information

The University of Scranton will celebrate the Class of 2020 virtually May 29-31; and with a Commencement Ceremony and other events planned for Oct. 24-25.

Degrees will be conferred at virtual ceremonies in May. Academic award presentations, ROTC Commissioning, Nurse Blessing of the Hands and a celebration of a Mass for the Class of 2020 will also be included among May’s virtual events.

October will include a formal Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, the presentation of Honorary Degrees and Commencement Speaker, a Baccalaureate Mass and a “a truly epic Commencement Party on campus."

“Trust that we will do all that we can to show our love for you in return and to celebrate your graduation both in May and in October.”  - Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., President

Class Night

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 08:00 PM

Join us as we recognize undergraduate members of the Class of 2020 for academic excellence, leadership and service. Awards will be presented by University faculty, staff, administration and alumni.

The Class Night event can be viewed at the link below at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Nursing Blessing of the Hands Award Ceremony

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 09:30 AM

Join us as we honor our undergraduate nursing students by blessing their hands and celebrating their accomplishments as they prepare to enter this helping profession.

You can access the live stream of this event at the link below at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. 

Graduate Commencement Celebration

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM

The University will celebrate members of the Class of 2020 earning master’s and doctoral degrees at a special ceremony that will include messages of congratulations from faculty, staff and students, and remarks by students, special guests, the deans, Provost Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., and University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

Degrees will be conferred to graduates as a group at this virtual event, as we plan to present degrees individually at our in-person event in October.

The Graduate Commencement Celebration can be viewed at the link below at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

ROTC Commissioning

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 01:30 PM

Join us as U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from The University of Scranton and other area universities are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army and begin serving our nation.

You can access the live stream of this event at the link below at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

A Mass for the Class of 2020

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 04:00 PM

Join us in prayer, reflection and celebration at The Mass for the Class of 2020, premiering on May 30.

Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Ministry, will preside, and University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will offer a special homily. The Mass will feature virtual participation from members of the Class of 2020 and will be recorded in Madonna della Strada Chapel on campus.

The Mass can be viewed at the link below at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

Undergraduate Commencement Celebration

Date: May 31, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM

The University community will gather to celebrate the Class of 2020, featuring congratulatory messages from faculty, staff and members of the graduating class; remarks by students; guest speakers including Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and U.S. Senator Bob Casey; and remarks from the deans, Provost Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., and University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

Degrees will be conferred to graduates as a group during this virtual event, and we plan to announce the graduates individually at our in-person event in October.

The Undergraduate Commencement Celebration can be viewed at the link below at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.