Information for Graduates

  • This information is designed to answer your questions as you finalize your plans for graduation. Contact us at 814-871-7401 if you have additional questions.


    Free parking will be available in the Erie Insurance Parking Ramp, located directly across the street from the Erie Insurance Arena. View additional parking options for May Commencement.


    Academic attire will be worn for the ceremony. Caps and gowns may be picked up in the Registrar's Office from April 15th through May 8, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    Any graduate with special needs who requires arrangements for attendance or participation in Commencement events should contact the Registrar’s Office at 814-871-7614.


    The day will begin with ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Schuster Theatre. The Baccalaureate Mass will take place at St. Peter Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the Yehl Alumni Room in the Waldron Campus Center for graduates and their families, faculty and administration.  The commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Erie insurance Arena.  Graduates should report to the Arena by 1:10 p.m. to ensure that the procession may begin on time.

    At Erie Insurance Arena, graduates will be given a name card and placed in line for the procession.  All graduates will process alphabetically within Doctoral, Master, Bachelor, and Associate degree order to the reserved seating section at the beginning of the ceremony. After the Commencement Address, Dr. Carolynn Masters, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will come to the podium and you will be instructed to walk to the stage.  When you reach the stage, hand your name card to the Ambassador.  As your name is being read, proceed to the center of the stage to receive your diploma cover. (You will receive your diploma by mail in June.) 

    A professional photographer has been hired to take your picture as you enter and exit the stage. You will receive a proof within a few weeks. Graduation announcements are currently available to order at the Gannon bookstore. Students who feel their names may be mispronounced should contact the Office of the Provost at (814) 871-7401 to provide correct pronunciation.

    If you have any questions, please call the Provost's Office at 871-7401 or the Registrar's Office at 871-7614.


    Do you want to see your photos displayed during the commencement ceremony? If so, please email us a photo of yourself or your friends that are graduating in May. Send all photos to and we will add them to the slideshow.