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Commencement

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.

Students are encouraged to consult this page, prepare ahead, and ensure their eligibility using the resources listed. We look forward to welcoming families and friends of D'Youville graduates to join in graduation festivities.

Schedules

Schedules

UPDATE! Students who are eligible to graduate at the end of the Fall 2018 semester now have the option to attend D’Youville’s inaugural December commencement. It will take place in the College Center on Friday, December 7 at 2:30 PM with a reception to follow on the sixth floor of the D'Youville Academic Center.

December 2018 Commencement Events

 
December 2018 Commencement

Friday, December 7 at 2:30 PM
College Center (CC)

Seating: Graduates are required to check-in at 1:30 PM in the Blue Lounge while guests may find their seats at this time. Seating is general seating with ticket. Accessibility seating is available, please alert an usher upon arrival.

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.


December 2018 Commencement Reception

Friday, December 7, following commencement ceremony
D'Youville Academic Center (DAC), 6th Floor
Following the inaugural December commencement ceremony there is a reception on the sixth floor of the D’Youville Academic Center. There will be a kid-friendly zone, live music, and a photo booth. Please RSVP to the graduation reception for you and your guests.


 

May 2019 Commencement Events

 
May 2019 Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, May 19 at 10 AM
Kleinhans Music Hall
More details will be added to this page at a later date.


May 2019 Graduate and Doctoral Commencement

Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 PM
Kleinhans Music Hall
More details will be added to this page at a later date.

Tickets

Tickets

Formal announcements and tickets for December Commencement are available beginning November 1, 2018. Six (6) tickets are allowed per graduate and include the graduate’s ticket. You may pick them up in Lori Stutzman’s office in the College Center, Room 119, by November 19th.

You must pick up your announcements and tickets prior to November 19th if you plan on coming to the graduation. On November 19th, seating will open up for those who need more tickets. You may obtain more tickets in Lori’s office on November 19th and after until all tickets have been distributed. Once all tickets have been distributed, standing room only applies.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Please speak with your faculty advisor(s) and the registrar’s office to check your status. This is crucial to make certain you are listed in the official commencement program, and we have your name and degree(s) listed correctly. You must apply to graduate and receive your degree. You may also check your status online through portal. Instructions are listed in the Preparing to Graduate tab on this page.

Those eligible to participate in the December commencement are:

  • Fall 2018 graduates
  • Fall 2018 advanced certificate graduates

Those eligible to participate in the May commencement are:

  • Fall 2018 graduates who wish not to walk in December
  • Fall 2018 advanced certificate graduates who wish not to walk in December
  • Spring 2019 graduates
  • Summer 2019 graduates
  • Spring 2019 advanced certificate graduates
  • Summer 2019 advanced certificate graduates
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 2019 is eligible to attend the May 2019 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. A student cannot graduate or receive their diploma without applying for graduation.

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 My D'Youville. My Progress will list the major and degree that will appear on your diploma and in the graduation program.

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

These prices include tax.

The deadline to order regalia for the December ceremony is Friday, October 26.

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.

Contact Us

Questions about Commencement? Contact the Public Ceremonies Committee.

Email: 
graduation@dyc.edu


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