Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


When is Commencement this year? Where do I find information about it? 

La Salle will be hosting three Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9.  Additional information regarding each ceremony can be found here.


Who made the decision to move Commencement indoors?

The Commencement Committee, consisting of faculty and staff from across the University, was tasked with evaluating the structure of last year’s Commencement Weekend and developing potential alternatives that would address the feedback from students, their families, and faculty and staff. The committee reviewed multiple on- and off-campus scenarios for this year’s weekend, with a focus on maintaining as much La Salle tradition as possible while also considering the ability of students and their families to make timely travel and celebration arrangements.

The Executive Cabinet reviewed the Committee’s recommendations and their work resulted in a new approach for this year’s Commencement Weekend.


Why was the decision made to move Commencement indoors and all on one day?

There was a significant amount of feedback surrounding the fact that the 2019 Commencement fell on Mother’s Day.  Some families had difficulty making hotel reservations in the city. Restaurants could not accommodate guests’ reservations on Mother’s Day.

Inclement weather forced us to resort to our contingency plan which split the ceremony in two and move both inside.  The change in schedule significantly disrupted the travel and celebration plans for students and their families.

By having the ceremony take place indoors, students, families, faculty and staff can plan accordingly in advance for commencement.  Guests have stated that they had a better experience indoors because they can see their graduates better on the indoor video screens, sound system is better indoors, and additional indoor restrooms are located in the TruMark Center vs. outdoors.  The commencement ceremony will be shorter for graduates and guests because each ceremony will have fewer graduates so the calling of names is expedited.

The Commencement website has been updated more detailed information and targeted communications will continue to be released to students and families throughout the year.


Ceremony Information


What time are the undergraduate ceremonies?

  • 9:00 a.m. – School of Arts and Sciences
    Doors Open at 7:30 A.M. Student Vesting in the St. Benilde Tower lobby begins at 8 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. –  Schools of Business and Nursing & Health Sciences
    Doors Open at 12:30 P.M. Student Vesting in the St. Benilde Tower lobby begins at 2 p.m.


Who is speaking at the undergraduate ceremony?

Fran Dunphy, ’70, a former La Salle University basketball player who went on to win more games than any other coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history, will receive an honorary degree from his alma mater during this year’s undergraduate ceremony. There will be an undergraduate student speaker as well as the Honorary Degree Recipient addressing the undergraduate students.


How can I apply to be the student speaker?

Applications for the undergraduate student speaker are available here.


What time is the graduate ceremony for all master’s and doctoral students?

  • 6:30 p.m.
    Doors open at 5 p.m. Student vesting in St. Benilde Lobby begins at 5:30 p.m.


Who is speaking at the graduate ceremony?

The University will release this information in the weeks prior to Commencement via an official press release.  The graduate commencement speaker will be a former graduate of one of La Salle’s graduate programs.


How long are the ceremonies?

The undergraduate ceremonies are typically 90 minutes long.  The graduate and doctoral ceremony is typically 60-90 minutes long.


Do I need tickets for my ceremony?

Yes, tickets are required for ALL guests at each commencement ceremony.  Each graduate can claim up to 4 tickets and request to be put on the waiting list for up to 2 additional tickets. Each graduate will receive a personalized invitation to register online for their tickets and the waitlist through EventBrite.


How can I get more tickets?

Each graduate must claim their allotment of up to 4 tickets and request to be on the wait list for 2 additional tickets by April 14.  Wait List requests will start to be filled after April 14, up until April 20.  We often suggest a graduate reach out to any peers that may not need their entire allotment to claim additional tickets on their behalf.  We will also be offering 2 on-campus simulcast locations as well as a Live Webstream through Facebook Live for any guests who do not have a ticket into any of the ceremonies.


What is the Simulcast?

On Saturday, May 9, all ceremonies will be simulcast in the Dan Rodden Theatre (located in the Union) and the Founders’ Hall Auditorium for guests who do not have a ticket to the ceremony. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.


What is the Webcast?

The webcast is a service for graduate’s families that are unable to attend the ceremonies in person; the University will stream a LIVE broadcast of each ceremony via the internet.


How do I get my cap and gown?

Herff Jones, in partnership with the La Salle Outpost, is our primary regalia retailer.

  • Regalia Pre-Orders (until February 24)
    Pre-order your regalia through the Herff Jones website until February 24th.  All pre-orders through Herff Jones will be available for pick up at the La Salle Outpost beginning at the Grad Fair on March 31st up until the day of Commencement.
  • In-store Purchase (on or after March 31)
    Regalia that was not pre-ordered can still be purchased in-person at the La Salle Outpost the day of the Grad Fair (March 31) and up until the day of Commencement. Doctoral regalia must be ordered in-person at the La Salle Outpost at least two weeks prior to the Graduate Ceremony since it is a rental and can be picked up at the Outpost up until the day of the ceremony. All rentals must be returned immediately following the ceremony.

Prices include:

  • Associate’s cap, gown, and tassel: $78.98 + tax
  • Bachelor’s cap, gown, tassel, and hood: $83.98 + tax
  • Master’s cap, gown, tassel, and hood: $91.98 + tax
  • Doctoral cap, gown, tassel, and hood: $85.98 + tax (Rental ONLY)

Payment must be made at the time of purchase by cash, check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover. Sizing charts and order forms are available through the La Salle Outpost.


How do I receive my honors cords?

Students who have achieved academic honors distinction (summa, magna, or cum laude as determined by the University) do not receive individual cords, but are recognized as such in the Commencement program.  Individual academic honor societies, program or organization cords are typically ordered directly through the academic department, program, or organization sponsoring them. Please contact those areas directly for information related to the specific requirements needed to receive cords and/or additional ordering information.


I need handicap parking, seating or other Accessibility information.

There will not be designated handicap parking for any of the Commencement ceremonies.  The designated handicap drop-off location will be at the TruMark Financial Center Main Entrance.  All accessible seating requests must be sent through the online form available here.  Attendees requesting accessible seating are allowed (1) additional guest to sit with the requesting guest in the TruMark Financial Center.   **Students or faculty requiring special needs arrangements, please forward requests to Gina Scozzaro x1537 all other requests go through Public Safety.**


Other Frequently Asked Questions


When is the Baccalaureate Mass?

The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Friday, May 8 at 6:00 PM in the TruMark Financial Center, student vesting is at 5:00 PM.  Guests can access seating areas from 5:00-5:30 PM.  Seating is limited & on a first come first serve basis.  Procession begins PROMPTLY at 5:40 PM.


When is the Graduation Gala?

The Graduation Gala will be held on Friday, May 8 from 7:00 – 10:30 PM on the La Salle Tennis Courts.  Tickets will be available for purchase beginning April 1st via the Commencement website.  Note, this event will sell-out.  All attendees must purchase a ticket for the event, including graduating students.


I have questions regarding the Nursing Pinning Ceremony?

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8 at 2:00 PM in Founders’ Hall Auditorium.  Please direct these calls to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at 215-991-3572.


What is the Commencement fee that is charged to graduates used for?

The graduation fee is a one-time fee charged to all degree applicants and is payable prior to graduation. The fee is nonrefundable. This fee covers the cost of degree audits and evaluations, and the diploma; it is not related to regalia, ceremony costs or attendance.