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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.

For all commencement ceremonies, students must first submit a Verification to Graduate.


December 2019 Commencement Events

December 2019 Commencement

Friday, December 13 at 2:30 PM
College Center (CC), Gym
Graduates must be at the College Center Blue Lounge no later than 1:30 pm for line-up. Further information to be posted. 
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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 Celebration Events

Commencement Reception

Friday, December 13 following the Commencement ceremony
College Center (CC), Kuhrt Dining Hall

Legacy Families Luncheon

Friday December 13 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Century Room, College Center (CC)
Legacy graduates and their families are invited to attend. Legacy graduates include any graduate with an immediate or extended family member who attended D’Youville.
For more information or to RSVP please contact Sarah Garcia, Stewardship Coordinator, at or 716-829-8485.


May 2020 Commencement Events

May 2020 Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, May 17 at 10:00 AM
Kleinhans Music Hall
Graduates must be at Kleinhans no later than 9:00 am for line-up. Further information to be posted. 

May 2020 Graduate and Doctoral Commencement

Sunday, May 17 at 2:30 PM
Kleinhans Music Hall
Graduates must be at Kleinhans no later than 1:30 pm for line-up. Further information to be posted.



Reservations for Commencement seating may be completed online. When completed, you will receive and email confirmation for yourself and up to 4 guests. Due to the capacity of the Gym, we request that you honor this limit of 4 guests.   

By invitation only:

  • All eligible graduating students will be sent an email letter about the Commencement ceremony, inviting you to attend and make your reservations. You will be provided a link to an official D’Youville Commencement website.
  • Once your reservation is completed, you will be set an electronic reply which includes other helpful information. Please print out this confirmation and bring it with you for entrance to the ceremony in the Gym.

Official keepsake printed announcements will also be available, and these may be picked up on campus from Lori Stutzman, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, in the D’Youville College Center, Room 119.

For more information, please contact Lori Stutzman at or by phone at 716-829-8100.

Academic Attire




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.


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.


The cap, gown and hood that is required for Commencement will be available from the D'Youville 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
  • Honor Cords: $15.69

These prices include tax.

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.eduThe deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019.

When placing orders, please provide your name, highest degree you’re receiving, and your specific area of academic achievement.


Joyce Markiewicz

Joyce Markiewicz

Joyce Markiewicz ‘80 the executive vice president and chief business development officer for Catholic Health, will address the cohort of students along with their family and friends at the ceremony.

A lifelong Buffalo native and the youngest of six children, Markiewicz received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville in 1980.

Markiewicz has a knack for developing partnerships for Catholic Health, including one that hits close to home with D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub and her work is helping to ensure that project becomes a reality.

Graduating Students

Check your eligibility, review degree requirements, submit your application to graduate, and learn about the academic verification process.

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Congratulations Class of 2019

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