Celebrate Together

Congratulations, Class of 2022! 

You are truly unstoppable. You have overcome so much to get to this point, and, in doing so, have shown how creative, courageous, and compassionate you are. You are ready to meet whatever the future may bring. The world awaits!

All Commencement activities, including the liturgy, hooding, and graduation ceremonies, will be held in person on May 13 and 14, 2022. The schedule for Commencement activities is listed below.

Congratulations once more to the Class of 2022, and welcome to the Marywood Alumni Association! It is our pleasure to welcome you to a community of more than 30,000 graduates of Marywood University.

The Marywood University Gear Shop will provide onsite merchandise such as flowers, commemorative t-shirts, and other graduation related merchandise before and after each of the ceremonies. Additionally if a student or guest would like to order any Marywood items, they are encouraged to visit the Marywood Gear Shop.

In accordance with the COVID19 guidelines of the PA Department of Health and the CDC, Marywood University requires masks be worn at all times. Failure or refusal to adhere to these guidelines will result in the individual being asked to leave. 

Schedule of Events

Location: Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Main Theater 

The celebration of the Eucharist to ask God’s blessing on our graduates has been a Marywood tradition since 1919. Graduating students, families, and guests are invited to participate. Graduating students should wear their academic attire. All guests are asked to be seated in the theater by 9:45 a.m., so that Mass can begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Those who have a role in the liturgy (lectors, extraordinary ministers, etc.) should meet near the state of the theater by 9:30 a.m.

Any graduating student with a relative who is a priest or permanent deacon may forward his name to Sister Catherine Luxner, IHM, Vice President for Mission Services, who will invite him to participate in the liturgy.

Contact Sister Cathy at luxner@marywood.edu.

Location: Center for Athletics and Wellness 

Undergraduate Students should arrive by 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Students should arrive by 2:30 p.m.

Students should arrive dressed in their gown and carry their hoods over their arms as they will be bestowed upon students during the ceremony. Please do not wear your caps, as they are not needed for the ceremony. Students should enter the Center for Athletics and Wellness via the far left main entrance on the front of the building. The remaining doors are for guests only.

Once inside the Athletic and Wellness Center, students must register with their respective college. At registration, you will receive a card with your name and degree printed on it.

After you’ve registered, proceed into the Insalaco Arena and be seated in the designated sections for your college and major.

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During the ceremony, students will be invited by name to the stage. Upon entering the stage, you are to hand your student card to the reader at the podium and then move to center stage and stand in front of one of your department faculty members. Present your hood to the faculty member, turn and face the audience while being hooded, then proceed off the stage in the opposite direction and return to your seat. Faculty marshals and student ushers will be present during the ceremony to assist and direct you as to how to proceed.


Medalists
Students receiving medals should move to the front row after being hooded. Medalists’ names will be posted on the seats to help assist students to sit in the correct order for the ceremony. Once your name is called for your medal, please proceed to the stage in a similar manner as the hooding. Once on the stage, you will be presented with your medal and can then return to your seat in the front row.

Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township  

Tickets Not Required
To accommodate the families and guests of our graduates, Marywood University is proud to offer all Commencement Weekend activities as “Open to the Public,” requiring no admittance tickets.
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Doors to the arena will open at 11:30 a.m. for both students and their family and guests. Students and guests will use the arena’s East Gate to enter the arena. Seating for family and guests is general seating in the lower bowl of the arena.
Students are asked to use the designated door (far right) to enter the arena. Once in the arena, they will be directed to the lower event level to prepare for the procession lineup. Once on the lower event level, students must register with their respective college. Each student will receive a color-coded placement card and be directed to the procession staging area for their respective college.

Graduating students MUST be in full academic attire (gown, hood, cap with tassel, and any university issued honor cords or pins if applicable) upon arrival as there are no robing locations available on the event level. Caps and gowns will not be available at Commencement and must be ordered online through the link provided under the Cap and Gown section of Commencement website.
Graduating students will start lining up for the ceremony at Noon in the corridors of the event level.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will last approximately 2.5 hours. Graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony out of courtesy for your fellow classmates.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will immediately exit the area through the West Gate.

Mohegan Sun Arena useful information:

The arena is a smoke-free facility. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the arena and adjacent parking lots. The use of air horns, inflatables, laser pointers, and confetti items are strictly prohibited. The arena will perform a bag security check of all guests entering the arena. More information about the arena’s policies and accommodations, including its entrance bag check policy, can be found on the Mohegan Sun a-z guide.

Due to the arena’s bag check policy and the lack of secured storage areas in the event level, graduating students are discouraged from bringing any bags with them on the day of the ceremony. If you must bring a bag, you are strongly encouraged to leave it and any other such personal devices with your guests in the stands.


To accommodate your guest, arena concession food stands will be open for cash or credit card sales.  No alcoholic beverages will be sold during the ceremony.

Mohegan Sun Accommodations for the Disabled:

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive Listening Devices are available for guests with hearing disabilities for Mohegan Sun Arena events. We ask guests with this need to please arrange for this service in advance of the event by calling the arena at (570) 970-7600 or by emailing questions@mohegansunarenapa.com

Mohegan Sun Arena Disability Seating:
Wheelchair seating is located on the main concourse level and does not involve any stairs.  Wheelchair accommodations can be arranged on the day of the ceremony by contacting one of the arena ushers upon entering the facility. Individuals are allowed one guest to be seated with them in this section, and arena staff will provide a chair for the guest on an as-needed basis.

Academic Attire

Wearing your Cap, Gown, and Hood

Students must order their Academic Attire (Cap, Gown, and Hood) via the online ordering form linked below by April 1, 2022. Academic attire orders will be processed and then mailed directly to the address that the student enters on the online ordering form.There is no charge for placing an academic attire order or for shipping to the student’s address.  

Orders for your Cap/Gown/Hood must be placed by April 1, 2022, to ensure timely delivery prior to Commencement Weekend.

Order Your Academic Attire

Instructions for wearing academic attire

Important Information

About Commencement Photos

Marywood University has arranged for photographers from GradImages to be present at each ceremony to capture the excitement and the special moment of each student as they walk across the stage. GradImages will have two picture opportunities for each student. These will be the moment the student is presented their diploma cover on stage and a second photo option immediately following to the side of the main stage which will be a portrait photo of the student in front of a university banner. A few days after the ceremony, Gradimages will email proofs of the pictures to each student. The student may decide to purchase a photo package directly from GradImages at that time. 

To avoid excessive movement and to allow for continued social distancing, all other individual photos of the student on stage and immediately following will only be permitted from the location of their individual guests.

Please note that students will be required to wear their masks for the photo on the stage due to the proximity of other individuals. However, for the second (portrait) photo, they will be able to remove their masks. Masks must be then affixed properly before returning to their seat.

Special Considerations

Please note that individual colleges and the University Registrar determine whether or not official graduation requirements have been met. Some students may need to meet additional requirements to graduate and receive a diploma but have been permitted to participate in this presentation with special considerations. However, being listed in the presentation does not officially indicate graduation from Marywood University as part of the Class of 2022.

If you have any questions please contact the Dean of your College/School.

General Parking

Marywood Campus Safety Officers will be available to assist with parking for all on-campus ceremonies on May 13, 2022. Disabled parking will be honored and accommodated with the use of a PA State issued disabled parking license plate or a disabled parking placard, displayed on the vehicle’s rear view mirror.  

On Commencement Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, Mohegan Sun Arena staff will assist with parking at the arena. Doors to the arena will open at 11:30 a.m. Disabled parking is available with the use of a PA State issued license plate or disabled parking placard.

Disabilities

The University will provide an American Sign Language interpreter for all ceremonies. Limited seating, separated from the general seating area, will be available to allow unobstructed viewing of the interpreter. These accommodation requests need to be made in advance to the Office of Conference and Event Services @ 570.961.4781 or via email at events@marywood.edu.

Special seating accommodations for the physically impaired are available for the Hooding and Commencement Ceremonies. The University will provide an American Sign Language interpreter at all Commencement-related ceremonies.

At the Hooding Ceremonies, seating for guests with disabilities will be located on the floor of the Insalaco Arena. 

Seating for the Commencement Ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena will be located on the interior ring of the main concourse overlooking the arena floor. 

To arrange for special seating for hearing or physical limitations, please contact the Office of Conference and Event Services at 570-961-4781 or via email at events@marywood.edu.

Local Lodging

The Scranton-Wilkes Barre area is a beautiful place to stay. 

Check out area hotels 

Diplomas

On the day of graduation, students will receive their padded diploma cover as they cross the stage after their name is read.  

Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates who have successfully completed their course of study following the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to the address the student provided when registering for commencement.  (Due to COVID delays, please allow up to 4-6 weeks to receive your diploma.)  

Program Books 

Official printed Commencement program booklets will be available on the day of Commencement at the arena doors. In addition to printed commemorative program books, a digital PDF program book will be available through this site on Commencement Day.

The program booklet, in addition to listing graduating students by Degree Level and Major will also recognize Student Honors and Honor Societies. Recognition will also include the names of students who are to receive Academic and Student Life Medals.

Medalists

Medalists will be recognized during their respective Hooding Ceremony on May 13, 2022. Following each ceremony, medalists should meet near the stage if they wish to have their photograph taken. All medalists must follow University indoor masking protocols and maintain a safe distance while in line. Masks may be removed for photos. To ensure an efficiently paced and productive photo session, all medalists are asked to be prompt.

A NOTE ABOUT PUBLICITY: While the names of all student medalists will appear on the University’s website, additional publicity is optional; if you do not complete the online publicity form, no other publicity (except Marywood’s website listing) will be given. 

If you wish to receive post-Commencement publicity about your medal, including a media release to your hometown newspaper(s) and related University social media posts, please go to marywood.edu/ugmedalists (for undergraduate students) or marywood.edu/grmedalists (for graduate/doctoral students) and complete the publicity form by Friday, April 29, 2022.

Welcome to the Family!

Please allow us to celebrate your future accomplishments by submitting class notes and following us on social media.

There are plenty of opportunities to continue creating Marywood memories as an alumna/us. The Alumni Engagement office offers you a variety of benefits to take advantage of, events and reunions to attend both physically and virtually, and exciting volunteer opportunities.

Be In Demand

The Career Development Center is here for you through any stage of your college or professional career. Please reach out to us for assistance with resume writing, cover letters, interview tips and more. 

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