Before You Graduate

    If this is your last semester, you need to submit an application to graduate to the Student Hub by September 27, 2015. Download, complete, and turn in the Application for Graduation [PDF] to the Student Hub. The Registrar's office will then send you an official letter informing you that you're on the graduation list.

     Prepare for Commencement Day! Once you have received your letter announcing you're on the graduation list you're almost's the home stretch. You've got three easy steps to do to get ready for the big day. Go!

    1. RSVP [and request tickets] 
    2. Buy your cap and gown 
    3. Invite your family and friends! 


    If you plan to attend the ceremony, RSVP your intention to participate by filling out the online form (note: this is different than your Application for Graduation).  You will indicate that you are attending and request tickets for your guests, as well as tell us how you would like to hear your name read on stage (and provide us with pronunciation tips).  The deadline to rsvp and request tickets is November 13 at 3pm.Graduates who RSVP after the deadline are guaranteed only two (2) tickets for the ceremony.

    Caps & Gowns

    Caps and gowns may be purchased at the bookstore. The bookstore will sell caps and gowns at the Grad Fair on November 18 and 19 from 12-2pm and 4-6pm. After the Grad Fair, they can be purchased until the week of graduation. Call the bookstore at 412.578.6164 for hours and information about caps and gowns.Prepare for Commencement Day

    Honors Cords 

    Undergraduates who are to graduate with Honors will be mailed a letter indicating which honors designation they earned (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude). Honors cords can be picked up from the bookstore or at the Grad Fair.  They will also be available at the check-in table the day of Commencement. Your name must be on the honors list in order to obtain an honors cord. There is no charge for the honors cord.

    Honors are for undergraduates only. Please read Honors and Awards for Graduating Seniors section in the undergraduate catalog for information on the requirements. If you did not receive a letter by November 9, and you feel you have earned honors, please contact the Commencement information line at 412.578.8821 or

    Veterans' Stoles

    Carlow University will provide a complimentary veterans' stole to graduating students who are active military, reserve, or who retired or received an honorary discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces.  The stole may be picked up at the Grad Fair or at the Commencement ceremony.

    Guests & Ticket Distribution

    All guests (including small children) attending Commencement must present a ticket upon entering the auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates may have up to 10 guests. Graduates who RSVP after the deadline are only guaranteed two (2) tickets. The deadline to RSVP is November 13 at 3pm. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Your tickets will be available for pick up at the Grad Fair on November 18 and 19.  After the Grad Fair, they will be mailed to the address you provided on your RSVP form.