Information for Graduates

Information for Graduates

Congratulations on your graduation from St. Vincent’s College. Commencement is a celebration to honor your accomplishments!

Thursday, 5/18/17 Baccalaureate Mass & Pinning Ceremony

6:30 pm – Graduate check-in
6:45 pm – Graduate portraits and small group photos taken
7:15 pm – Graduates line up and process into the church
7:30 pm – Mass & Pinning Ceremony begin
9:00 pm – Ceremony concludes


Directions to St. Theresa Church

Mass & Pinning Ceremony

This is a full Catholic Mass followed by a pinning ceremony where degree program graduates will receive their college pins.


Graduate portrait photos and small group photos will be taken starting at 6:30pm. Please check the website and your student email one week after Commencement for photo ordering information.


Friday 5/19/17 Commencement Ceremony

9:00 am – Graduate check-in
9:15 am – Class of 2017 photo taken
9:30 am – Graduates line up
10:00 am – Ceremony begins
12:00 pm – Ceremony concludes


Directions to St. Vincent’s College 2017 Commencement

Caps and Gowns

An email will be sent to all graduates from the registrar in February with ordering information If you have questions about your order call 203-576-5616 or


The Class of 2017 group photo will be taken at 9:15am sharp on the front steps of the Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center at the University of Bridgeport. Photos of each graduate receive his or her diploma will be taken.

Please check the website and your student email one week after Commencement for photo ordering information.


The ceremony commences with a quartet playing while the Board of Trustees, Administration, Honorary Degree Recipients and faculty enter the auditorium and take their seats on stage and other designated areas. Once they are in their locations, graduates will enter the auditorium in a formal procession and will be shown to their seats.

This will be done in order by department and with bachelor degree recipients first and associate degree recipients second, and certificate graduates third.

Presentation of Degrees

Graduates will be directed, row by row, to the stage.  Once on stage, graduates will present their card to a member of Administration, who will announce their name and degree information. After being introduced, each graduate will walk across the stage to shake hands and receive a diploma cover from President Michael Gargano while a  photo is taken. Graduates will then exit the stage and return to their seats.

Diplomas will not be distributed on stage but will be available for pick up immediately following the ceremony in the graduate dressing room if degree requirements have been met.  If course work is in progress on May 19, then diplomas will be distributed at a later date.

End of Ceremony

At the end of the ceremony graduates are expected to remain in their seats until all of the Board of Trustees, Honorary Degree Recipients,  and  Faculty have left the stage. Your program chairs will direct graduates to the exits. Graduates will then be directed to the Room 110 to pick up their diplomas.

Celebration of Graduates Reception

Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony will be a reception in Room 110 from 12noon – 1:30pm sponsored by the Alumni Association for graduates and their family or guests. Food & light refreshments will be served.

Commencement Printed Program

Graduates will have a program book that describes the ceremony and lists graduates’ names on their seats. Graduates will also be mailed a copy of the program in June along with an alumni pin.

Ceremony “Do’s” and “Don’ts”

•Do arrive at check-in 30 minutes early.
•Do take traffic into consideration.
•Do arrive appropriately dressed with your cap and gown.
•Do keep your name card with you at all times. You will be presenting it to a member of Administration before walking across the stage.
•Do be sure to use the bathroom prior to the start of the ceremony.
•Don’t carry or wear flowers.
•Don’t carry a cell phone, purse, backpack or any other kind of bag. We suggest that you leave those items with a guest.