Commencement Weekend: The Big Day


Contact the dean of your college/school.


Commencement at Mohegan Sun Arena

Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m.
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Please use the far right door of  the East Gate entrance. All other doors of the East Gate are reserved for your guests.

Once on the lower level, graduates should register with their respective college/school. Each student will receive a color-coded placement card and be directed to the staging area for their respective college.

Graduates must be in full academic attire (gown, hood, and cap with tassel) upon arrival. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Grad Finale or bookstore prior to commencement weekend. They will not be available at the arena. Graduates will line up at 12 p.m. on the lower event level of the arena.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will last approximately 3 hours. Graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will exit the arena through Gate D to the West Gate plaza area. In the event of inclement weather, graduates will exit Gate D to the concourse level of the arena.

The arena is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is allowed only in designated outdoor areas. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the arena and adjacent parking lots. The use of air horns, inflatables, and confetti items are strictly prohibited.


The dean of each college will announce the names of graduates in alphabetical order by degree. Graduates must be in proper order according to their color-coded placement card. Ushers will direct graduates to the stage. Graduates will enter the stage on the right side and exit on the left after receiving their diploma folder from the President. As graduates exit the stage, they will be directed to the registrar's table on the side of the stage to pick up their diploma and then return back to their seats.


GradImages will photograph graduates receiving their diplomas. GradImages will mail each graduate a proof within a week of commencement. Graduates may select from a variety of photo packages, with no obligation to purchase. Questions about photographs should be sent to GradImages, not Marywood.


Marywood's bookstore will have a stand on the concourse level of the arena for any last-minute items that graduates and their guests may need. Flowers will be available for purchase at the arena on graduation day.

Directions to Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA, is located off exit 168 of Interstate 81. The arena is approximately 21 miles south of Marywood's campus.

Tickets are not required, but students must register online if they plan to attend any Commencement Weekend events.