• Commencement One

    We will celebrate the many achievements of our graduating students at Commencement on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm. at the Hammermill Center.  The Commencement ceremony is the highlight of the fall semester for the University community, and we are looking forward to celebrating this wonderful event with you.  Please review carefully the information on this website in preparation for Commencement weekend and retain all information for reference as the event draws closer.

    It is a Gannon tradition that we personalize the Commencement ceremony by announcing the name of each graduate.  Although this tradition takes time, the special recognition of each graduate symbolizes Gannon's commitment as a student-centered university.  It communicates value and affection for each individual and family.  Accordingly, graduates and members of the audience are asked to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony so that they do not interfere with the special moments of others.

     Professional photographers will be present to photograph each graduate. A video will also be available for purchase (order form included with invitation). To avoid congestion and to maintain decorum during the ceremony, friends and family members are asked to refrain from approaching the stage to take pictures.  After the recessional, when all graduates have left the commencement area, graduates and their families are welcome to return to the stage to take pictures.  It should be noted that the Gannon monument alongside Old Main has become a very popular site for commencement pictures.

    Do you have a family member or guest that will need disabled seating accommodations? Please call the Provost's office at (814) 871-7401.

    We look forward to celebrating Commencement with you. The entire Gannon community is grateful and proud that you have allowed us to be a part of your lives, and we wish you God's blessing for the future.

  • Schedule of Events

    Tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony or for any other event. Seating for all of the activities is on a first come, first served basis. 

    Time Location Event
    11:00 a.m. Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel

    The Baccalaureate Mass is a celebration of the University Community. On this occasion we thank God for all that our graduates have accomplished. We ask for God's continued guidance upon their futures. Graduates, families and friends are invited to this liturgy.


    1:00 p.m. Club LaRiccia

    Assembly of Graduates 

    2:00 p.m. Hammermill Center



    Commencement Speaker

    Margaret A. VanderLaan ’89 

    Margaret VanderLaan exhibited her sense of leadership during her stay at Gannon, seemingly foreshadowing her future as a professional. As Vice President of Global Communications at MWH Global - a wet infrastructure firm devoted to the protection, storage, enhancement, and distribution of water - she works to increase the firm's brand awareness and thus, strengthen customer and employee loyalty.

    Margaret was the founding president of Lambda Sigma Honors Society at Gannon in 1987 and holds countless other honors, including Presidential Ambassador from 1987 to 1989, SGA Outstanding Senior Award in May, 1989, Downtown Denver Partnership's Volunteer of the Year Award in July, 2009, Gannon's Distinguished Alumni Award 2011, Joseph J. Wherle Memorial Award for Distinguished Service 1989, and the Academic Award for Excellence in Theatre and Communication Arts 1989. Her professional career has landed her on many councils and boards of directors, as well.

    When remembering college, her times spent at the Schuster Theater, AJ Miceli and Dr. Bertl Weber stand out as favorable moments as she accredits Gannon with reinforcing her values and offering her practical experience atop the usual classroom learning. "Always follow your True North and moral compass," Margaret suggests, "and only work for organizations that match your value set."