Celebrate Together

Congratulations, Class of 2023! 

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 19 and 20, 2023. The schedule for Commencement activities is listed below.

Congratulations once more to the Class of 2023, 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

College of Health and Human Services Hooding Ceremony

All CHHS Majors

10-11:30 a.m.
Munley Theatre, Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

2-3 p.m.
Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center

Reap College of Professional Studies:

School of Education

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Liguori Center, Regina Hall

School of Architecture

2-3:30 p.m.
Liguori Center, Regina Hall

School of Business and Global Innovation

4-5:30 p.m.
Delfino Amphitheater (Behind Learning Commons)
[Rain location: Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center]

Insalaco College of Arts and Sciences Hooding Ceremony

All ICAS Majors

1:30-3 p.m. 
Munley Theatre, Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts

Instructions for All Hooding Ceremonies:

  • Students should arrive at the designated location of their Hooding Ceremony, dressed in their gown and carrying 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.

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.

Please Note: Medalists' photos for publicity purposes will be taken the next day, prior to the Commencement ceremony.

Location: Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Munley 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 Munley Theatre by 11:45 a.m., so that Mass can begin promptly at 12 p.m.

Those who have a role in the liturgy (lectors, extraordinary ministers, etc.) should meet near the stage of the theatre by 11:15 a.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center, Room 104.

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: 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.

Please Note: 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.

Medalists

Medalists will be recognized during their respective Hooding Ceremony on May 19, 2023. Photos for additional publicity will be taken prior to the Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2023.

Medalist Publicity, Photos, and Information:

  • All medalists will be recognized on the University website in a news story (published following the Hooding and Honors Ceremonies) that announces the medals/medal recipients. No individual photos accompany this announcement.
  • Additional external publicity for medalists is voluntary; those who wish to receive additional publicity must complete an information form (see buttons below).
  • Medalists who wish to have photos taken for additional publicity for their accomplishments are asked to report on Commencement Day to the front of the stage area at the arena by 12:15 p.m. Staff members will be on hand to assist and organize this process. Please be prompt, as we have a very limited time for the photo session!
  • Once photos are taken, you may return to your place in the lineup for the Commencement ceremony.
  • Post-Commencement Publicity: Photos will be used on University social media and to accompany releases to the student's newspaper(s) of choice. This process usually takes several weeks following Commencement.

Medalists who would like additional publicity are asked to complete the appropriate information form by April 28, 2023.

Undergraduate Medalist Form

 GRADUATE & DOCTORAL MEDALIST FORM

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 guests, 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 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

Ordering and 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, 2023.

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, 2023, to ensure timely delivery prior to Commencement Weekend.

Academic Attire Order Form

Instructions for wearing academic attire

Important Information

About Commencement Photos

Marywood University has arranged for photographers from Legacy Photographics to be present at each ceremony to capture the excitement and the special moment of each student as they walk across the stage. Legacy Photographics 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, Legacy Photographics will email proofs of the pictures to each student. The student may decide to purchase a photo package directly from Legacy Photographics 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 2023.

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

General Parking

Marywood Campus Safety Officers will be available to assist with parking for all on-campus ceremonies on May 19, 2023. 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 20, 2023, 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.

Accessibility Accommodations

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 @ 570.961.4552 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.

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 570-961-4552 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.  (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 receive Academic and Student Life Medals.

Citation in Honors

Students who complete the honors degree will receive the Citation in Honors and recognition on their official transcripts. To graduate with the Citation in Honors, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 21 honors credits.
    • 4 honors seminar courses that meet core curriculum or liberal arts requirements
    • 2 honors courses in the student’s major
    • 1 honors course elective OR a third course in the student’s major
  2. Complete a 3-credit honors thesis in their major.
  3. Achieve a 3.5 QPA by the semester preceding graduation

Graduating students who meet the above requirements will be recognized for their achievement at their respective Hooding Ceremony and will be hooded by their honors thesis advisor.

Honor Societies

The University recognizes the accomplishments of students who have been inducted in discipline-specific honor societies, as well as broader national or international honor societies that include students from across the University, with members from each College. Programs at the Hooding Ceremonies will contain a listing of these honor societies and the names of students who have been formally inducted into them. 

Medalists

Medalists will be recognized during their respective Hooding Ceremony on May 19, 2023. Photos for additional publicity will be taken prior to the Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2023.

Medalist Publicity, Photos, and Information:

  • All medalists will be recognized on the University website in a news story (published following the Hooding and Honors Ceremonies) that announces the medals/medal recipients. No individual photos accompany this announcement.
  • Additional external publicity for medalists is voluntary; those who wish to receive additional publicity must complete an information form (see buttons below).
  • Medalists who wish to have photos taken for additional publicity for their accomplishmets are asked to report on Commencement Day to the front of the stage area at the arena by 12:15 p.m. Staff members will be on hand to assist and organize this process. Please be prompt, as we have a very limited time for the photo session!
  • Once photos are taken, you may return to your place in the lineup for the Commencement ceremony.
  • Post-Commencement Publicity: Photos will be used on University social media and to accompany releases to the student's newspaper(s) of choice. This process usually takes several weeks following Commencement.

Medalists who would like additional publicity are asked to complete the appropriate information form by April 28, 2023.

Undergraduate Medalist Form

 GRADUATE & DOCTORAL MEDALIST FORM

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. 

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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.

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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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