Seating in Soldiers and Sailors Hall
Q: How do I get on the graduation list?

 Students are added to the graduation list when they submit an Application for Graduation or an Application for Certificate Completion. Students who anticipate completing all their degree requirements in Spring would apply for May graduation. Students who anticipate completing all their degree requirements in Summer would apply for August graduation. Students who anticipate completing all their requirements in Fall would apply for December graduation. Keep in mind that Carlow has only one Commencement Ceremony each year in May. This ceremony is for students completing requirements in December and May, and the August following the ceremony (so May 2020 Commencement is for December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020 graduates). Students completing degrees and certificates are both welcome to walk in the ceremony. Please look out for an email from the Registrar's Office with deadlines to submit your applications. All students are charged a graduation fee upon submitting their application. This is a one-time, non-refundable fee charged to all students regardless of whether they walk in the ceremony. Undergraduate/graduate degrees ($150); Doctoral ($250); Certificates ($50).

Q: What is the difference between the Application for Graduation and RSVP'ing to the Commencement Ceremony? 

A: The Application for Graduation or Application for Certificate Completion will start the process of the internal review of your academic record to determine whether you have met all requirements for your degree or certificate and can officially graduate from Carlow University. The RSVP to the Commencement Ceremony indicates your intent to walk in the ceremony and will need to be submitted separately from the application. Students who graduate or complete certificates do not have to walk in the Commencement Ceremony. 

Q:  I'm applying to graduate this Summer.  When am I eligible to participate in Commencement?

A: Students who anticipate completing the requirements for graduation in December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020 are invited to participate in the May 2020 Commencement ceremony. 

Q:  Will having only one Commencement ceremony a year affect the conferral of my degree?

A:  This change will not affect the actual graduation date stamped on a student's record nor the mailing of diplomas.

Q: What do I do after I RSVP? 

A: Pick up your tickets at the Grad Fair, held in April..  If you do not pick them up, they will automatically be mailed to the address you entered after the Grad Fair is over. Buy your cap and gown and arrive on time for the ceremony on graduation day. Undergraduate students who earned honors can  pick up their honors cords at the Grad Fair, the bookstore or at the check-in desk on graduation day.

Q: Does Carlow University recognize veterans at Commencement?

A: Yes!  All active, retired or honorably discharged members of the armed services or reserves can pick up a complimentary veteran's stole at the Grad Fair, the bookstore or at check-in on graduation day. You can wear it proudly with your cap and gown.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?

A: No. Please arrive one hour before Commencement and the volunteers will instruct you in what to do. Refer to the "Graduation Day" link at the left for information about the ceremony.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: Diplomas will be mailed 6 weeks after the official end of the semester. They will not be distributed on graduation day. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their Carlow email account for information on diploma mailing and to contact the Registrar's office in a timely manner to update address information.

Q: How long does Commencement last?

A: Approximately two hours.

Q: How many people can I invite to Commencement?

A: Each graduate will receive up to four tickets as requested via the RSVP form. A waiting list will be held for students who request extra tickets.

Q: How are students who have earned honors recognized?

A: Undergraduate students who have earned honors will wear an honors cord as part of their regalia. The honors cord will be provided to you free of charge. They will also have their honor announced after their name (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) on stage at Commencement and it will be printed under their name in the program.

Q: May children attend Commencement?

A: Children may attend Commencement, but they need a ticket. In order for the ceremony to be pleasant for everyone, please be prepared to remove fussy babies from the auditorium immediately.

Q: Can my family take pictures during the ceremony?

A: Photography is only permitted in areas where it does not disrupt the dignity of the ceremony. Photography is not permitted in the aisles where the faculty and students process in and out of the auditorium. A professional photographer will be in attendance taking each student's picture as they walk across the stage.