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Commencement

Schedule

Baccalaureate Mass

Saturday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m.

100th Immaculata University Commencement Ceremony 2024

Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

The commencement ceremony will be held on Immaculata’s Back Campus. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.  Graduates and guests may start arriving at 8:30 a.m.

Graduate Check-in

  • Check–in for all colleges: Back Campus
  • Graduates may start arriving at 8:30 a.m.

For questions regarding commencement, email commencement@immaculata.edu.

Commencement Decorum and Safety Guidelines

Commencement is a special event for all involved. Please show respect for everyone who has come to share in the experience. To appropriately celebrate all graduates, speakers, faculty, staff and guests, please maintain a measure of decorum during the event. Students should return to their seats after receiving their diplomas and remain seated for the rest of the ceremony.

To promote positive experiences for all involved, banners, signs, flags, balloons, balls, noisemakers, umbrellas, glass bottles or any other objects that could potentially obscure or disrupt the event or pose possible hazards are not permitted. As Immaculata is a non-smoking campus, smoking is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited.

To ensure the safety of students and guests and to maintain a steady cadence while awarding degrees, guests are not permitted to leave their seats to capture photos. Legacy Photographics, the graduation photographer for Immaculata University, will help graduates create and treasure their graduation memories. Legacy will capture photos of each graduate, and the pictures will be emailed to the graduate’s student IU email account. For any questions regarding pictures, contact Legacy Photographics at 610-279-1791.

Commencement facilitators will be present on and near the stage and in the audience. Behavior deemed disruptive or inappropriate by the facilitators or security personnel will not be tolerated. Facilitators may remind students and guests of these guidelines and ask them to refrain from their disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Anyone who chooses to disregard these guidelines may be asked to leave campus.

We aim to ensure that the commencement ceremony remains a safe, memorable and joyous occasion. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone who has worked to reach this moment.

Guest Information

An additional viewing area for the livestream is Alumnae Hall Theater. No tickets are required and no balloons are allowed in the theater.

Additional guests are also welcome on open areas on Back Campus, the venue for the ceremony, although they will not be allowed to enter the designated seating area.

Livestream

Families unable to attend the ceremony on campus may join via livestream on IU’s website.

Baccalaureate Mass

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – Villa Maria House of Studies Chapel

The Baccalaureate liturgy will take place in the Villa Maria House of Studies Chapel, located at 1 Our Lady Circle (across the street from Immaculata University). Family and friends are welcome to attend, and no tickets are required for Baccalaureate Mass.

Graduates should wear academic attire. Priest and/or deacon relatives are welcome to assist at the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Graduates who have any Catholic clergy family members who will be attending the Mass should notify Father Royce Thomas at 610-647-4400 ext. 3570 or rthomas6@immaculata.edu by May 5.

Tickets

Each graduate who has RSVPed will receive four (4) tickets for their guests (graduates do not need a ticket).  Guest entrance to University Commencement is by ticket only. All guests, including babies and children, will need a ticket to enter the University Commencement designated area. Please be sure your family and friends are fully aware that each guest who enters the designated area must have a ticket to do so.

Upon check-in, graduates will receive an envelope with their tickets.  If a guest is not joining the party at the time, the graduate may leave the guest ticket(s) at the information area.

Alumnae Hall Theater will be open for commencement livestream viewing.  No tickets are required for entrance into Alumnae Hall Theater.

Inclement Weather

The Immaculata commencement ceremony is an outdoor event that will take place rain or shine.

In the event of anticipated extreme inclement weather (such as storms, lightning, extreme wind, etc.) the ceremony will be moved to Alumnae Hall. Students will be notified of the move to Alumnae Hall as soon as possible after the decision is made. As a reminder, the ceremony will be livestreamed on IU’s website. Additionally, on-site livestreaming would be available in all classrooms on the first and second floors of Loyola Hall.

If extreme inclement weather is anticipated or occurs after the outdoor ceremony has begun, the ceremony may be cut short.

Accommodations

Those students and/or guests who will need special accommodations at the commencement ceremony, please contact Robert Pursel, Campus Safety Coordinator, at OneCard@immaculata.edu.

Arriving at Immaculata University

  • Access to campus can be made from Alumnae Drive and Gillet Drive.
  • Access is also available by entering on Camilla Drive from Frazer Road.
  • Immaculata Drive at King Road will be closed to all traffic.

Parking Information

Use this campus map for parking and event locations.

  • Parking Lots: All lots except D & G will be open for guest parking.
  • Disability Parking/Dropoff:
    • Gillet Drive, Lot D, should be used to drop off guests with disabilities attending the ceremony on Back Campus.
    • Alumnae Drive, Lot G, should be used to drop off guests with disabilities attending the livestreaming in Alumnae Hall.
    • Some designated handicapped parking spaces will be available in Parking Lot D for the ceremony on Back Campus and in Parking Lot G for Alumnae Hall livestream viewing.
    • Attendees looking to park in these spaces should arrive early. However, drivers should be prepared to drop off passengers at these drop off locations prior to parking their vehicles in the nearest available parking 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.

Information for Graduates

All students expecting to complete their degree in May 2024 must make sure they have completed all institutional requirements in order to receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony:

  • Completion of all academic requirements by May 10, 2024
  • Final grades for Spring 2024 coursework are due by noon (12:00 pm), May 13, 2024
  • Financial balances including payment of all tuition and fees must be received by March 6, 2024. Any additional charges, including library, room damage, and parking fines, are due immediately. A financial hold will prevent the graduate from receiving a diploma and transcript.
  • Students with Federal Stafford Loans must complete Exit Counseling by May 1, 2024. Students need to go to studentaid.gov and click on “Exit Counseling” under manage loans. Students will need to log in using their FSA ID. Students must have a verified FSA ID (Username and Password) and 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 2024.

Academic Attire

To participate in any of the commencement ceremonies, graduates will need a cap, gown, hood (except Associate), and tassel.

Gown, Cap, Hood, and Tassel - please visit or contact the Campus Store to order your academic attire (484-323-3910).

Campus Store Orders

Those who received a cap and gown as an incoming freshman need only order the hood and tassel which are available online or by visiting or calling the Campus Store.

Academic Attire Pricing

All academic attire purchases are non-refundable.

  • Associate Attire (purchase by visiting or calling the Campus Store)
    Cap, Gown, Tassel bundle - $49
  • Bachelor Attire
    Cap, Gown, Tassel, Hood bundle - $87
    Hood and Tassel only (those who received a cap and gown as an incoming freshman need only order the hood and tassel) - $45
  • Masters Attire
    Cap, Gown, Tassel, Hood bundle - $99
  • Doctoral Attire
    Tam, Gown, Tassel, Hood bundle - $146
    Doctor of Psychology graduates, please choose the gold (Science) velvet hood color.
    Doctor of Education graduates, please choose the light blue (Education) velvet hood color.  

Campus Store: 484-323-3910
Normal Hours: Mon-Fri. 10am-4:00 pm; closed weekends
A pop-up shop will be open on back campus before and after the commencement ceremony.

Local Hotels

Hampton Inn
635 Lancaster Avenue, Frazer PA 19355
(610) 699-1300

Sheraton Great Valley
707 Lancaster Avenue, Frazer PA 19355
(610) 524-5500

Holiday Inn Express Exton - Great Valley
120 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
(610) 524-9000

Graduation Announcements 

Order custom announcements through Herff Jones.

Photographs

Legacy Photographics, the graduation photographer for Immaculata University, will help graduates create and treasure their graduation memories. Legacy will capture photos of each graduate and the pictures will be emailed to the graduate’s student IU email account. For any questions regarding pictures, contact Legacy Photographics at 610-279-1791.

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.

Graduate Profiles

Nick Livolsi

Nick Livolsi, B.S.

Nick is poised for a thriving career in business and finance. His proactive approach to earning extra credits for his CPA license is laying the groundwork for a future with one of the world's leading public accounting firms.

Julia Hallman

Julia Hallman, B.S.N.

Julia’s professors supported her as she completed the accelerated second-degree B.S.N. program and prepared for a career in pediatric nursing, where she will offer holistic care to support her patients’ physical and mental health.

Maryann Johnson

Maryann Johnson, M.S.

As a member of the first graduating class of Immaculata’s master’s in higher education, Maryann found the program manageable, aided by a blend of synchronous and asynchronous classes accommodating her demanding schedule.

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