Undergraduate Ceremonies

Honors and Awards Ceremony

The Honors and Awards Ceremony recognizing the achievements of the Class of 2017 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20 in the Commencement tent. Graduates, parents and guests should be seated in the tent by 10:30 a.m. There will be no formal procession of graduates.

Honor cords will be presented during the ceremony. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher will receive honor cords, which are worn at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement.

All announcements concerning honors and awards will be handled by the Office of Academic Affairs. Please do not contact the office to determine your eligibility for honors. Just before Commencement weekend, on late Friday afternoon, a list of the Latin honors recipients will be posted on the Commencement website. All baccalaureate degree candidates will be notified by email with a link to the honors webpage.

Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass

The Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20 in the Commencement tent. Graduating seniors intending to participate must be in the Rodgers Recreation Center by 2:30 pm.

The Hooding Ceremony, a Salve Regina tradition, is a notable part of this liturgy. All baccalaureate candidates will receive hoods with their regalia, and should bring them to the hooding ceremony. The hoods are a sign of academic achievement and the trim of the hood signifies the degree earned. White trimmed hoods designate the Bachelor of Arts degrees. Yellow trimmed hoods designate the Bachelor of Sciences and the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degrees. The hoods are lined in blue and white to represent the school colors.

Candidates will be given further instructions the day of the event. The Baccalaureate Mass will begin once all graduates have received their hoods.

Clergy request form: Any student with a relative who is a Roman Catholic priest or deacon may request that he be invited to concelebrate/assist at the Baccalaureate Mass. Clergy request forms should be emailed to Carol Andos by May 2. Priests are requested to bring their own alb and a white stole. Each priest or deacon will need a letter of good standing from his superior/bishop.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21 in the Commencement tent. Graduates intending to participate in Commencement must be in an assigned seat in the Rodgers Recreation Center by 8:15 a.m. If you are not in your seat by 8:15 a.m., your name will not be called during the ceremony. There will be no exceptions.

Please allow yourself and your family plenty of time for traveling to the University, finding a parking place, preparing your attire for the procession, and locating your seat in Rodgers. Directions for the academic procession will be given at this time. Before leaving home, be certain that you have with you your cap, gown, tassel, academic hood and, if applicable, your honor cord.

The academic procession into the tent will begin at 9:15 a.m. Guests should be seated by that time. The ceremony will end at about noon.