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Graduation

Students at Commencement at Kleinhan's Music Hall.

Graduation is a joyous occasion. Join us as we welcome family and friends to celebrate the academic achievements of D'Youville graduates.

This May, D'Youville will be holding two formal commencement ceremonies (degree conferrals) for students receiving bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; one ceremony to confirm undergraduates receiving their bachelor's degree and one ceremony to confirm graduates receiving their master's and doctoral degrees.

We look forward to welcoming families and friends of D'Youville graduates to join in graduation festivities.

Important Information Regarding Traffic Delays for May 20, Undergraduate Commencement

Expect traffic delays getting to Kleinhans Music Hall for Undergraduate Commencement that morning from 6 to 9 AM due to the GoBike SkyRide.

We do not expect delays getting to Graduate Commencement that afternoon but please plan ahead and make sure you check current GPS traffic delays.

Visit SkyRide’s Google Route Map on their event website: https://www.skyridebuffalo.org/route

Here are the routes to avoid when getting to Kleinhans from 6-9 AM on May 20:

  • Do not use Rt. 5 Buffalo Skyway to Ohio Street exit.
  • On 190 East do not use Exit 9 Porter Avenue and Exit 11 Niagara Street.

Schedule

Schedule

The 2017-2018 commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Kleinhans Music Hall — the undergraduate celebration will be at 10 AM and the graduate celebration will be at 3 PM. Full details will be announced here as they are finalized.

Tickets: Undergraduate and graduate students will receive 8 tickets to their graduation ceremony, 1 ticket for the graduate and 7 for family and friends attending graduation. Visit the tickets tab on this page for full details.

Commencement Events


Graduation Rehearsal and Alumni Food Truck Roundup

Wednesday, May 16 at 3 PM
Kleinhans Music Hall
All graduate and undergraduate students participating in May commencement will rehearse starting at 3 PM in Kleinhans Music Hall. Afterward join D'Youville Alumni for local food truck cuisine and sign the Alumni banner.


Catholic Mass

Saturday, May 19 at 3:45 PM
Holy Angels Church
All are welcome to attend a traditional Catholic Mass at Holy Angels Church dedicated to D'Youville graduates.


Blessing Ceremony and Graduation Picnic

Saturday, May 19 at 5 PM
College Center
Immediately following Mass at Holy Angels Church, graduating students and their families are invited to College Center to celebrate a fun non-denominational blessing ceremony led by Reverend Jan. Mahle. Stay afterward for a casual picnic where students' friends and families may meet and socialize with D'Youville departmental faculty and staff.


Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, May 20
Kleinhans Music Hall
Undergraduates must be present at 9 AM in the Mary Seaton Room.
Guests may arrive to be seated at 9 AM.
Undergraduate Ceremony at 10 AM.


Double Duty D'Youville Employee Lunch

Sunday, May 20 from 12 - 2 PM
College Center Blue Lounge
All D'Youville employees are welcome to enjoy lunch in between the two graduation ceremonies.


Graduate Commencement

Sunday, May 20
Kleinhans Music Hall
Graduates must be present at 2 PM in the Mary Seaton Room.
Guests may arrive to be seated at 2 PM.
Graduate Ceremony at 3 PM.


Reservation

Students attending graduation events are kindly asked to complete the following RSVP survey to ensure we have planned accordingly.

RSVP for Events

Tickets

Tickets

Undergraduate and graduate students will receive 8 tickets to their graduation ceremony, 1 ticket for the graduate and 7 for family and friends attending graduation.

Please follow the appropriate link below and use your student ID (Patron ID) and last name to create your membership to access your tickets on Vendini.

Example: Student ID 90012345, type 12345

You will have the option to print at home or pick up at Lori Stutzman’s office in the College Center, Room 119.

To donate your tickets or receive donated tickets from fellow graduating students, please connect on D’Youville’s Facebook page.

Undergraduate Commencement

Graduate Commencement

Eligibility

Eligibility

Those eligible to participate in the commencement are:

  • December 2017 graduates
  • May 2018 graduates
  • August 2018 graduates

Please note that certificate-only students are not eligible.

August & December graduates

No matter when you graduate (May, August or December),D'Youville holds one formal graduation ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students.
December Graduates

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) who completes their studies the prior December is eligible to take part in the May graduation ceremony of that academic year. For example, a student who completes their degree program in December 2017 is eligible to attend the May 2018 commencement activities.

Please note: Your name will appear in the graduation program as a December graduate.

August Graduates

Those students (undergraduate or graduate) who anticipate completing their degree program by August are eligible to attend the May graduation ceremony. For example, a student who completes their degree program in August 2018 is eligible to attend the May 2018 commencement activities.

Please note: Your name will appear in the graduation program as an August graduate. You will not receive your diploma until all program requirements are completed.

Check with the Registrar

All students must be cleared by the Office of the Registrar to be certain that they have completed all the requirements for graduation or can realistically complete the requirements for their degree by August at the latest. Inclusion in the graduation program is solely determined by the Registrar.

Preparing to Graduate

Preparing to Graduate

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Follow the steps below to make sure you stay on track to graduate.

Check My Progress in Self-Service

Confirm that your major is listed correctly on the My Progress section of Self-Service. Self-Service can be accessed through the DYC Portal. My Progress will list the major and degree that will appear on your diploma and in the graduation program.

Path: DYC Portal -> Self-Service -> Student Planning -> My Progress

If you are in two majors or 2 degree programs or have a minor, these will also be listed in My Progress. If your degree/major/minor is listed incorrectly or not listed on My Progress, contact the Office of the Registrar. Confirm that all your requirements are either completed or in progress.

If you have any requirements that are not started, see your advisor to ensure you graduate on time.

Submit Application for Graduation

To apply to graduate, you'll need to complete the application for graduation online at the beginning of the semester prior to the semester in which you intend to graduate. If you're a senior, that means you'll submit your application at the start of the fall semester of your last year.

Two Majors or Dual Degree programs

If you have two majors or are in a dual degree program or will be receiving two degrees, please submit an application for each major/degree.

Undergraduate

Completion of the Application for Graduation establishes you as a degree candidate and initiates a review of your credentials. You will receive notification from your advisor only if you are missing any requirements.

Graduate

Completion of the Application for Graduation establishes you as a degree candidate and initiates a review of your credentials. You will receive notification from your advisor only if you are missing any requirements.

Academic Attire

Academic Attire

Dress Code

Women's

For women, academic attire includes the academic gown, hood, cap and dark shoes, preferably black. A dark dress or slacks and blouse are highly recommended.

Men's

For men, this attire consists of the academic gown, hood, cap, tie, shirt, dress slacks and dark shoes, preferably black.

Academic Hood

The academic hood is not worn until it is officially placed on each student by a faculty member.

The Tassel

The tassel is worn on the right side until the very end of the graduation ceremony.

Cap, Gown & Hood Orders

The cap, gown and hood that is required for Commencement will be available from the College Bookstore on a sales basis only.

The cost for graduate's academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) is as follows:

  • Bachelor degrees: $94.29
  • Master degrees: $107.90
  • Doctoral degrees: $160.29

Students must place orders by Monday, April 9.

The regalia will be ready for pickup at the College Bookstore between May 1 and May 19.

If you have questions, please contact the College Bookstore at 716-829-7666. Orders may be placed by phone, 716-829-7666, via email at bookstor@dyc.edu, or via our website at dyc.bncollege.com.

If you place orders via e-mail or our website, please give us your name, highest degree you’re getting, and your specific area of academic achievement.

Quick Details

What: 2017-2018 Commencement Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 20
Undergraduates at 10 AM
Graduates at 3 PM

Where: Kleinhans Music Hall

Contact Us

Questions about Commencement? Contact the Public Ceremonies Committee.

Email: 
graduation@dyc.edu


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