Commencement

Commencement Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6pm – Alumnae Hall

View the Commencement Rehearsal Presentation

Rehearsal check-in will take place in the large gym beginning at 5:30pm.

Tickets for guests will be distributed at rehearsal. All academic and financial obligations MUST be cleared for you to receive tickets. The total number of tickets per graduate will be announced later. If unable to attend rehearsal and pick up tickets at that time, see “Ticket Will Call” section below.

Baccalaureate Liturgy for All

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 4:30pm – Villa Maria House of Studies Chapel

The Baccalaureate liturgy will take place in the Villa Maria House of Studies Chapel, located at 1140 King Road (across the street from Immaculata University). Family and friends are welcome to attend, and no tickets are required for Baccalaureate.

Graduates should wear academic attire. Priest and/or deacon relatives are welcome to assist at the Baccalaureate Liturgy.  If you have any clergy family members who will be attending the Mass please notify Campus Ministry at 610-647-4400 ext. 3570 or email Father Kevin McCabe at kmccabe1@immaculata.edu.

Commencement Ceremonies

All three commencement ceremonies will be held in Alumnae Hall Theater on Immaculata’s campus. Tickets are required for entrance into the theater. Viewing rooms will be available for guests without tickets. A reception will follow the ceremony.

There will be web streaming locations on campus for each commencement. If someone is unable to attend the ceremony on campus, they will be able to view it online by clicking the links for each ceremony below.

College of Graduate Studies Ceremony

  • Friday, May 17, 2019, 6pm – Alumnae Hall
  • Guests may start arriving at 4:30pm. Graduates may report to the Large Gym beginning at 4:30 pm; all graduates must be in the Large Gym by 5:30 pm.
  • Watch the livestream

College of Undergraduate Studies Ceremony

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10am – Alumnae Hall
  • Guests may start arriving at 8:30am. Graduates report to the Large Gym beginning at 8:30 am; all graduates must be in the Large Gym by 9:15 am.
  • Watch the livestream

College of Adult Professional Studies Ceremony

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3pm – Alumnae Hall
  • Guests may start arriving at 1:30pm. Graduates report to the Large Gym beginning at 1:30 pm; all graduates must be in the Large Gym by 2:30 pm.
  • Watch the livestream

Commencement Speakers

Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, MBA, FACHE, FAAN, NEA-BC:
Barbara Wadsworth has dedicated her life to helping others as a nurse and as senior vice president of patient services and the chief nursing officer of Main Line Health. With over 30 years of executive nursing experience, Wadsworth leads nearly 3,000 nurses at MLH and strives to create a culture of caring through the use of holistic therapies, shared decision-making and advocacy. Wadsworth also oversees Main Line Health’s major performance excellence initiative, in addition to other system-wide projects focused on patient experience, embedding the culture of safety at MLH, palliative care, and advancing care coordination and population health to meet the needs of the community. Wadsworth is also responsible for the inaugural Clinical Pastoral Education program at MLH.

While ensuring Main Line Health’s nursing team is offering superior care to patients, Wadsworth has also continued to advance her own professional development. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Health Systems Leadership, from Vanderbilt University in 2014. She is also certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced; a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow; was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice in March of 2017 and completed the National Baldrige Executive Fellowship in 2017. Wadsworth serves on several boards, including serving as immediate past-president of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, and she is a member of the Immaculata University Master of Science in Nursing Advisory Board. She is the current vice chair of the Gift of Life Board of Governors and previously served six years on the Medical Advisory & Policy Board. She is chair of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Center Board Nursing Leadership Committee and is serving on the Montgomery County Board of Health for a second term. She was appointed to the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA Board in 2017. Wadsworth has also served on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Board in 2014 and their executive leadership team in 2015. Wadsworth lives with her family in Blue Bell, Pa.

Pat Haggerty:
Beginning his career in the auto sales industry at Faulkner Toyota, Haggerty has worked his way up through the organization and is currently the general sales manager of Faulkner Infiniti. There, he oversees the new, used, finance, and internet departments and all lots and facilities. He focuses not just on numbers and outcomes, but emphasizes people and process. Haggerty also recently implemented a new management style that emphasizes attitude, energy and effort.

As an assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach for his alma mater, Archbishop Wood Catholic High School, Haggerty recognizes the similarities between businesses and basketball programs. With this in mind, he created a blog, CoachHaggerty.com, where business leaders can discover ways that basketball teams are successful and implement some of these desirable components in their own business models. In addition, business leaders can learn from coaches who are successful at recruiting, training and motivating players and developing their talent. Haggerty returned to college as a working professional to earn a bachelor’s degree. He graduated in 2016 from Immaculata University with a business management degree. Along with the leadership of a dynamic coaching staff, Haggerty helped the varsity boys’ basketball team from Archbishop Wood win their first-ever Pennsylvania State Championship and their first Philadelphia Catholic League Championship in 2017. Haggerty lives in Montgomery County, Pa.

Patricia Knecht, Ph.D., MSN, RN, ANEF:
Serving as vice president of integration services for Assessment Technologies Institute since 2017, Patricia Knecht is helping future nurses reach their career goals. With 40 years of experience, she knows what it takes to be a successful nurse in today’s health care field. Working with 2,000 clients nationwide, Knecht leads four areas of integration service that maximizes collaboration and focuses on client needs. In this capacity, she oversees over $100 million in business where her team maximizes the use of data analytics, providing solutions to their clients aimed at achieving excellent program outcomes. Prior to her role at ATI, Knecht was the chair of the Division of Nursing at Immaculata University where she had oversight of the pre-licensure BSN, RN to BSN and MSN programs. She began her nursing career at Bryn Mawr Hospital and then Reading Rehabilitation Hospital before transitioning into the academic side of nursing. Knecht taught nursing courses, including classes at Immaculata, while focusing 17 years of her career on administrative duties, serving as director of practical nursing for the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).

Knecht received her associate degree in nursing at Gwynedd Mercy University, followed by a BSN from Immaculata University, an MSN from West Chester University and a PhD in nursing from Penn State University. Throughout her career, Knecht has been recognized for her many contributions to the field of nursing including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gwynedd Mercy University, the Achievement Award for Excellence (in field of health) from the March of Dimes, the Chester County Golden Apple Award and induction into the CCIU Hall of Fame. She also serves as a fellow for the National League for Nursing Academy for over a decade. Generously supporting her community, Knecht has served on numerous advisory boards and committees including previous appointments as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Practical Nursing Administrators, chair of the Chester County Health Care Task Force and co-chair of the leadership council for the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers. She currently serves on the Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Board and is the co-founder of a 501 C3 non-profit, Holiday Hope Chest. Knecht lives with her family in Downingtown, Pa.

Directions and Parking

Access to campus is available on all University roadways. A campus map is available here. Due to the large number of attendees and vehicles expected for each ceremony, please allow extra time as you plan your trip to the University.

ARRIVING AT IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY

  • Alumnae Drive should be used to access the Passenger Drop Off location (Lot G) as well as the parking lots closest to Alumnae Hall, the site of the Commencement ceremony.
  • Immaculata Drive can be used to access Parking Lot A from the east end of the parking lot.
  • Gillet Drive can be used to access Parking Lots D and E on the east side of campus.

PARKING INFORMATION

  • Parking Lots: All campus parking lots, except for Lot G, will be open for parking.
  • Passenger Drop Off: Parking Lot G on Alumnae Drive.
  • Disability Parking: Designated parking spaces may be limited in close proximity to Alumnae Hall. Drivers should be prepared to drop off passengers at the Passenger Drop Off location prior to parking their vehicle in the nearest available lot.
  • No Parking Areas: Parking is not permitted along campus roadways or on grassy areas. Parking on roadways will restrict the smooth flow of traffic. More importantly, parked vehicles may impede the access of emergency vehicles.

Hotel Information

  • Hampton Inn
    635 Lancaster Avenue, Frazer PA 19355
    (610) 699-1300
    $124 per night (mention Immaculata commencement when booking)
  • Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
    815 N Pottstown Pike, Exton PA 19341
    (610) 363-1100
    Discount code: Immaculata University Commencement
    $79.00 per night
  • Sheraton Great Valley
    707 Lancaster Avenue, Frazer PA 19355
    (610) 524-5500
    Contact Melissa Coletti directly at melissa.coletti@sheratongreatvalley.com or 610-280-2592
    $119.00 per night

Commencement Obligations

All students expecting to complete their degree in May 2019 must make sure they have completed all institutional requirements in order to receive their diploma and to participate in the commencement ceremony including:

  • Completion of all academic requirements by May 14, 2019
  • Final grades for Spring 2019 coursework are due by Noon, May 13, 2019
  • Financial balances, including payment of all tuition and fees must be received by March 13, 2019.  Any additional charges, including library, room damage, and parking fines are due immediately.  A financial hold will prevent you from participating in commencement and receiving your diploma.
  • Students with Federal Stafford loans must complete Exit Counseling online* by May 1, 2019

*Click on “Exit Counseling” and simply follow the prompts. You will need to log in using your FSA ID. You must have a verified FSA ID (Username and Password) and you may click on the link to create it. The entire process will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  Immaculata University is automatically notified weekly of all students who have completed their counseling sessions. Failure to complete all the institutional requirements will delay graduation until August 2019.

Academic Attire

Website ordering open for COLLEGE OF ADULT PROFESSIONAL STUDIES and COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES orders until April 22 (home delivery only). Order online at www.herffjones.com/college/immaculata.

Academic Attire for ALL COLLEGES will be available for purchase at the Campus Store beginning May 6 through May 19 (College of Graduate Studies Doctorate attire – black only).

Orders placed online before March 31 that are being sent to the Campus Store can be picked up beginning May 6. Additionally, orders may be picked up the night of Rehearsal, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the Campus Store until 9pm.

Bookstore: 484-323-3910
Hours: Mon-Thurs. 10am-7pm; Fri. 9am-3pm

Commencement weekend hours:

  • Friday, May 17, 9am-8pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 2-4pm
  • Sunday, May 19, 8:30am-5pm

Cap and Gown Pricing

All attire is non-refundable 

Associate Attire

  • Cap: $7.00
  • Tassel: $6.00
  • Gown: $30.00

*Associate Attire Set Cost: $43.00
*Associate Set includes Cap, Tassel, and Gown only (No Hood for Associate Graduates)

Bachelor Attire

  • Cap: $7.00
  • Tassel: $6.00
  • Gown: $30.00
  • Hood: $31.00

**Bachelor Attire Set Cost: $74.00
**Bachelor Attire set includes Cap, Tassel, Gown and Hood.
***Hood & Tassel Combo Cost: $37.00
*** Hood & Tassel Combo includes only Hood and Tassel.

Masters Attire

  • Cap: $7.00
  • Tassel: $6.00
  • Gown: $34.00
  • Hood: $35.00

****Master Attire Set: $82.00
****Master Attire Set includes Cap, Tassel, Gown and Hood.

Doctorate Attire

  • Tam: $26.00
  • Tassel: $6.00
  • Gown: $44.00
  • Hood: $44.00

*****Doctoral Attire Set: $120.00
***** Doctoral Attire Set includes Cap, Tassel, Gown and Hood

Ticket Will Call

Tickets will not be available before rehearsal.

Tickets not picked up at Commencement Rehearsal will be made available as outlined below.  Remember: All academic and financial obligations MUST be cleared to receive tickets.

Between Rehearsal and Commencement:  Pick up at Academic Affairs office (115 Villa Maria Hall)

  • Wednesday-Thursday May 15-16, 2019; 8am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, May 17, 2019; 8am – 12:00pm

Before Commencement Ceremonies:  Before each ceremony, students graduating during that ceremony may pick up tickets for their guests at the Will Call table in the Large Gym:

  • Before CGS Ceremony: 4:00pm – 5:50pm
  • Before CUS Ceremony: 8:00am – 9:50am
  • Before CAPS Ceremony: 1:00pm – 2:50pm

Ceremony Etiquette, Graduation Announcements, Photographs & Flowers

Ceremony Etiquette

Guests are asked to remain in their seats throughout the event and until all faculty, administration, and graduates have processed from the theater.  Do not crowd walkways in theater, particularly during the procession and recession.

If guests need to leave the theater at any point during the ceremony, they must have their tickets stubs available to show ushers upon their return.

Guests will not be allowed to bring balloons into the theater for the ceremony. 

Graduation Announcements 

Custom announcements can be purchased from www.herffjones.com/college/immaculata 

Photographs

Legacy Photographics, the graduation photographer for Immaculata University, will help you create and treasure your graduation memories. Legacy will capture photos of you at the diploma presentation and the pictures will be emailed to your student IU email account

If you have questions regarding your pictures please contact Legacy Photographics at 610-279-1791 or www.legacyphoto.com 

Flowers

Flowers are available by advance order and pick up at the graduation ceremony. There will be flowers available to purchase the day of graduation as well.  Using this link to purchase flowers gives a portion of the proceeds to Immaculata’s Student Development & Engagement Division: www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/immaculata

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