Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctoral)


Graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) Commencement Exercises
Friday, May 15th at 10:30 a.m.
Tom Gola Arena, Hayman Center, Main Campus


Graduate Vesting

Graduates are to report to St. Edward Hall and St. Francis Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. Both are located adjacent to the Hayman Center. Marshals will align the academic procession. The procession will begin promptly at 10 a.m.


Academic Procession

The Procession will move in the following order:

  1. Doctoral Degree Candidates
  2. Master’s Degree Candidates
  3. Faculty, Department Chairs, and Administration Staff
  4. Provost, Vice Presidents, and Deans
  5. Members of the Board of Trustees
  6. President

Graduates will not be aligned in alphabetical order but will be arranged according to graduate program degree. Marshals will specify area and row. Please follow their directions and fill the row so that no seat is left unoccupied. Remain standing until you are directed to be seated. Male candidates remove caps for the Invocation, National Anthem, and Closing Prayer. Female candidates do not need to remove their caps at any time during the ceremony.

Please Note: Students with physical disabilities who are not able to climb the stairs onto the stage should contact the Commencement Coordinator at 215.951.1900 or e-mail no later than May 8 to make alternative arrangements.


Conferral of Degrees

When arriving to vest in St. Edward and St. Francis halls by 9:15 a.m., the graduate should report to the Registrar’s Office station located in the lobby and obtain a card with his/her name already imprinted.  A graduate who fails to bring this card into the Hayman Center will not have his/her name read during the ceremony.



Those on stage exit first, followed by the faculty, the doctoral degree recipients, and the master’s degree recipients. Please follow the directions of the ushers. The exit order will be from the front row to the back.


Diploma Distribution

Diplomas will be distributed in St. Benilde Tower immediately following the ceremony. Room locations are listed on the facsimile diploma given to each graduate during the Commencement Ceremony.


Diploma/Transcript Holds Policy

The Office of the University Registrar reserves the right to withhold any graduate’s diploma and/or transcript who has an unfulfilled obligation to the University (academic, disciplinary, library, financial, etc.). You may view your holds by accessing the “Brother LUWIS” link on the mylasalle portal. Diplomas and transcripts will be withheld if any of the following conditions exist: an unfulfilled academic requirement, an outstanding disciplinary sanction, and/or a financial obligation. The eBilling/ePayment solution will allow you to view and pay your bill electronically. To do so, login to your mylasalle account at and select Brother LUWIS. Then select Student and Financial Aid, then Student and Accounts Receivable. In just a few simple clicks, you can remit credit card and ACH payments. Credit card payments, such as American Express, Discover, and MasterCard, are subject to a 2.75 percent convenience fee; however ACH payments are not subject to a convenience fee. To make an ACH payment, you must have your routing number available. The Office of Student and Accounts Receivable is located on the first floor of the Lawrence Administration Center. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Reception

A reception for students and their families will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015, immediately following the Commencement Ceremony. Beverages and lunch will be served in the tents located on the tennis courts. The Faculty, Staff, and Graduate reception is open free of charge to all graduates, their families, and friends.


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