Carlow Graduates with Honors Cords

Students apply for graduation based on the term in which they anticipate completing their final degree requirements or completing their certificate. For instance, if you anticipate completing all your degree requirements in Spring, you would apply to be a May graduate.  If you anticipate completing all your degree requirements in Summer, you would apply to be an August graduate.

May graduates need to submit an Application for Graduation and Certificate Completion to the Student Hub by Friday February 21st.  August graduates need to submit the application to the Student Hub by Friday, March 20th.  Open the Application for Graduation and Certificate Completion[PDF] and return the form to the Student Hub by the deadline above. Students earning certificates submit the same application as degree students.  Upon submission of the application, a graduation fee is applied to a student's account, regardless if the student attends the Commencement ceremony. After the application is received, and the student's advisor submits verification that the student has met all requirements for graduation, an email notification will be sent confirming the student is on track to graduate.  Due to the volume of students, these notifications are sent out to pending graduates as they are individually reviewed throughout the semester.

Prepare for Commencement Day! Once you have received your notification 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) between March 2 and April 8, 2020
  2. Buy your cap and gown 
  3. Invite your family and friends! 


The RSVP form will go live on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

 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 April 12 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 online between December 1, 2019 and March 15, 2020.  Preorder regalia online at this link. Regalia can be preordered online until March 15, 2020.  Caps and gowns can be purchased in the store beginning April 6th.

The bookstore will also sell caps and gowns at the Grad Fair on  April 21 and 22 from 12-2pm and 4-6pm. Call the bookstore at 412.578.6164 for hours and information about caps and gowns.

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 April 1 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 veteran's 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 4 guests. Graduates who RSVP after the deadline are only guaranteed two (2) tickets. The deadline to RSVP is April 8 at 3pm. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Your tickets will be available for pick up at the Grad Fair on April 21 and 22. After the Grad Fair, they will be mailed to the address you provided on your RSVP form.