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Students at Commencement at Kleinhan's Music Hall.

Celebrate the achievements of our students. Join us as we welcome family and friends to honor the work and dedication of D'Youville graduates.

D'Youville holds two formal commencement ceremonies in May and one formal ceremony in December. All eligible students are allowed to graduate at the May ceremonies which are divided between undergraduate and graduate degree conferrals. Students who are eligible to graduate at the end of the fall semester now have the option to attend D’Youville’s December commencement.



May 2019 Commencement Events

May 2019 Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, May 19 at 10 AM
Kleinhans Music Hall
Graduates must be at Kleinhans by 9 AM sharp for line up.

May 2019 Graduate and Doctoral Commencement

Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 PM
Kleinhans Music Hall
Graduates must be at Kleinhans by 1:30 PM sharp for line up.

Rehearsal & Celebration Events

Commencement Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 15 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Kleinhans Music Hall

  • 12 PM Staff and Administration Rehearsal
  • 1 PM Student Arrival
  • 2 PM Undergraduate Rehearsal
  • 3 PM Graduate Rehearsal
Celebration Week Event: Miss Buffalo Dinner Cruise

Wednesday, May 15 with a boarding time of 5:30 PM
Erie Basin Marina
Limited to 100 participants
Sponsored by: Student Government Association

Celebration Week Event: Taps n' Caps

Thursday, May 16 at 1:30 PM
Community Beer Works
Capacity of 200
Sponsored by: Student Government Association

Celebration Week Event: TGIF: Thank Goodness I'm Finished! 

Friday, May 17 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM
College Center (CC), Gym
Capacity of 550
Sponsored by: Student Life 

Commencement Mass

Saturday May 18 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Holy Angels Church 

Legacy Families Reception

Saturday May 18 at 5:00 pm (by invitation only)
D'Youville Academic Center (DAC) – 6th Floor

Faculty Lunch

Sunday May 19 at 12:00 pm 
College Center (CC), Blue Lounge

School-Specific Events

Chiropractic Department Hooding and Pinning Ceremony

Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Koessler Administration Building (KAB), Kavinoky Theatre
Reception immediately following in Madonna Lounge

Chiropractic Department White Coat Ceremony

Saturday, May 4  from 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Koessler Administration Building (KAB), Kavinoky Theatre
Reception immediately following in Madonna Lounge

Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony

Friday, May 10 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
College Center (CC), Blue Lounge
Reception immediately following

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Holy Angels Church

Occupational Therapy White Coat Ceremony

Saturday May 18 from 5:00 - 9:30 PM
Creekview Banquet Center

School of Pharmacy Ceremony & Brunch

Sunday May 19 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
College Center (CC), Kuhrt Dining Hall


December 2019 Commencement Events

December 2019 Commencement

College Center (CC)

Parking: Handicap and wheelchair ramp accessibility drop-off is located in the parking lot behind the College Center. You may access it from Prospect Avenue (a one way street) before you cross Porter Avenue. This is a drop-off only location; you may park elsewhere on the campus. All campus parking lots are available that day to park without a school permit.



Commencement ticketing is done electronically. When completed online, up to 7 tickets may be requested: 1 ticket for you and 6 for your family and friends, which can be printed.

By invitation only:

  • All graduating students will be sent an email about the ceremony, inviting them to attend and reserve their tickets. Select Attend Event.
  • At the event page, select Register.
  • Once registered, a reply is sent out that includes electronic tickets for each person. Print your tickets out and bring them to the ceremony.

Special printed announcements are available; pick them up on campus from Lori Stutzman in the D'Youville College Center, Room 119. For more information, contact Lori Stutzman by email at or by phone at 716-829-8100.



United States Air Force Captain Jessica Tait is the 2019 D’Youville Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 19. Tait showcased her calm demeanor under pressure serving as the US Government spokesperson for the 353rd Special Operations Group assisting in the search and rescue mission of a junior soccer team in the Tham Luang Cave in 2018.

Tait appeared in over 85 on-camera interviews with major international and local Thai news outlets and provided response to over 100 media queries.

Learn more about our speaker.

Jessica Tait

Graduating Students

Check your eligibility to graduate, discover the process to submit your application, and learn about attire.

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