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FAQ

Do you need an invitation letter for family members who need visas to attend commencement?

Answer
The Registrar’s Office needs a written request from the student for invitation letters.
The letter should include the reason for request, name(s) and relation(s) to visitors with signature from student.  Turnaround time is normally 3-5 business days. You can email a request to the Registrar's Office, fax to (703) 516-4505, or drop it off in person.

What is the date and time of the Undergraduate Ceremony?

Answer
The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D. Street NW, Washington, D.C.)  Students must arrive at 2pm to line up.

What is the date and time of the Graduate Ceremony?

Answer
The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D. Street NW, Washington, D.C.) Students must arrive at 2pm to line up.

What faculty member will be preceding students into ceremony?

Answer

Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony Faculty Marshals:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

MSHP:
  1. Doctor of Physical Therapy: Dr. Jason Craig
  2. Master of Science:  Dr. Liane Summerfield
  3. Master of Science Nursing: Prof. Colleen Sanders
SEHS: 
  1. Doctor of Education: Dr. Ioana Marcus
  2. Master of Arts:  Dr. Tammy Davis
  3. Master of Education: Dr. Jennifer Gray
SAS
  1. Master of Arts: Dr. David Brown
SBA:
  1. Master of Arts:  Dr. Lorri Cooper
  2. Master of Business Administration:  Dr. Linda Christie
  3. Master of Science:  Dr. Donna Shaeffer

Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony Faculty Marshals:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SEHS: 
  1. Bachelor of Arts:  Dr. Jo-Ann Amadeo
  2. Bachelor of Science: Dr. Linda Cote-Reilly and Dr.  Catherine Diaz-Asper

MSHP:
  1. Bachelor of Science: Dr. Michelle Walters-Edwards and Prof. Amy Allnutt
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing:  Dr. Anne Marie O'Brien and Dr. Susan Becker

SBA:
  1. Bachelor of Arts: Dr. Catherine England
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration:  Mr. Don Lavanty
  3. Bachelor of Science:  Dr. Diane Murphy
SAS
  1. Bachelor of Arts:  Prof. Doug Seidler
  2. Bachelor of Science:  Dr. Todd Rimkus

How many tickets are issued to students, how do I get tickets?

Answer
Each student will receive six tickets for the commencement ceremony. Every guest needs a ticket to enter. (Infants and small toddlers who will sit on laps do not need a ticket.) The graduating student does not need a ticket.

Tickets for the Undergraduate Ceremony must be picked up in the Office of Student Affairs, Gerard Hall Room 1028. For questions regarding tickets for the undergraduate ceremony please visit the Commencement Tickets page.  Extra tickets are available via an online lottery.  More information on the lottery is provided once students pick up their original allotment.

Tickets for the Graduate Ceremony will be available for  pick-up in the Physical Therapy Department, 2nd Floor, 4040 or in the Office of Academic Affairs ONLY.    Please visit the Commencement Tickets webpage for pick-up dates and times.  If you have questions regarding Graduate tickets, please contact Academic Affairs at (703) 284-1550.
 

Where do students get their cap and gown?

Answer
Students will order their cap and gown online starting on 3/16/17 or through the MU Bookstore at any time. Students can also order graduation invitations, diploma frames, and class rings.  

The Bookstore will be holding a Graduation Fair on Wednesday, March 15th and Thursday, March 16th from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Caps and Gowns, invitations, diploma frames and class rings will be available for purchase. A photographer from Grad Images will be on site to take official graduation photos.

Contact the bookstore for additional information at (703) 284-1614.

Where do parents, family members and guests enter?

Answer
Parents, families and guests are asked to enter DAR Constitution Hall through the Main Entrance located on 18th Street NW between C and D Streets ONLY.  

Special Note:  Guests may enter the Hall no earlier than 2:00 p.m. for any reason per DAR Constitution Hall rules.   Please make plans accordingly.

What side of the street will my school line up on?

Answer
Please line up in the following order when you arrive at DAR Constitution Hall:

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Graduate Ceremony


C Street:  Malek School of Health Professions, School of Business Administration

D Street: School of Education and Human Services, School of Arts and Sciences

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Undergraduate Ceremony


C Street:  School of Education and Human Services, School of Arts and Sciences

D Street: Malek School of Health Professions, School of Business Administration

What is the School walking order?

Answer
The order of graduates for the Graduate Ceremony on Saturday, May 20th is:
  1. Malek School of Health Professions
  2. School of Education and Human Services
  3. School of Arts and Sciences
  4. School of Business Administration
View the Graduate Ceremony Seating Chart

The order of graduates for the Undergraduate Ceremony on Sunday, May 21st is:
  1. School of Education and Human Services
  2. Malek School of Health Professions
  3. School of Business Administration
  4. School of Arts and Sciences
View the Undergraduate Ceremony Seating Chart

Student Instructions for DAR Check-in, Line-Up and Procession

Answer
  • Graduates should arrive at DAR Constitution Hall at 2pm to line up for their ceremony (Saturday, May 20th – Graduate; Sunday, May 21st – Undergraduate).
  • Graduates will be grouped by school and degree, and should report to C Street or D Street depending on the order their school/degree will process into DAR (seating chart will be available at the end of March on the Commencement website at http://www.marymount.edu/commencement).
  • There will be a faculty marshal for each degree.  Graduates will be checked in by their faculty marshal and Registrar staff, but will not need to line up in alphabetical order.
  • As they are checked in, graduates will receive cards with their name and degree.  Cards will be color-coded by school and degree.
  • When the procession begins, the faculty marshal for each degree will lead their group into DAR.  Students will process first to be seated.  Faculty, administration, and the President process next and will be seated on the stage.
  • After the Commencement speakers, the dean for each school will stand and announce the candidates for their school.
  • The faculty marshal for each degree will stand and lead their group to the stage steps.  Each degree group will approach the stage in the order they processed into DAR.  The faculty marshal will hand a card to the reader to announce the candidates for their degree.  The faculty marshal will then cross the stage alone to wait for their group’s names to be announced.
  • Graduates should hand their card to the reader when they reach the top of the steps.  When their name is announced, graduates should proceed across the stage to receive a diploma tube from the University Provost.  NOTE: Graduates’ names will not be announced in alphabetical order.  Guests should note their graduate’s school and degree so they will know when the graduate will be walking across the stage.
  • After receiving the diploma tube and shaking the provost's hand, graduates should walk off the stage on the other side and into a hallway.
  • GradImages will be in the hallway taking photos of graduates as they come off the stage.  After their photo is taken, graduates will be directed to a table where Registrar’s Office staff will give them their diploma (graduates who previously received diplomas or are prospective summer graduates will receive an envelope with a congratulatory letter).  Graduates will then be directed back to their seats inside the hall.
  • Once the ceremony is concluded, the President, administration, and faculty will recess out of the hall first followed by the graduates.

Grad Week Events and Important Dates
 

Friday, May 19th 2017

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:00 pm
Rose Benté Lee Center
Verizon Gym

 

Saturday, May 20th 2017

Commencement Mass
9:00 am

Rose Benté Lee Center
Verizon Gym


Recognition Day Awards Ceremony
10:30 am

Rose Benté Lee Center
Verizon Gym


President's Reception
Immediately following Awards Ceremony
Gerard Phelan Dining Hall

Graduate Commencement
3:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C.


Sunday, May 21st 2017

Sunday Mass
9:00am
Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
10:15 am

Rose Benté Lee Center
Verizon Gym


Pinning Reception
11:30 am

Main House & Patio


Undergraduate Commencement
3:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C.


 

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