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Last Updated 1/18/22


What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement? 

Graduation is the official academic conferring/awarding of degrees earned. It is not the ceremony. Dominican confers degrees five times each year. 

Commencement is the ceremony celebrating the completion of degree programs. Dominican holds only one commencement, in Spring, to which students from all five conferral dates are invited to participate. 

Participation in a Commencement ceremony does not represent satisfactory completion of all degree requirements. Students do not receive an official diploma or have access to their official transcript signifying graduation, until all course requirements have been fulfilled. 

For more information regarding academic requirements or questions, contact the Registrar's Office at


When is Commencement? 

The Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 8 at the Rosemont Theatre. Dominican will follow all recommended guidelines and protocols for health and safety. 


How many tickets do graduating students receive for the ceremony? 

More information will be posted once we know how many students are participating. 

Admission to commencement is by ticket only for all guests (including babies/children). Graduates do not need a ticket. Only graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony receive tickets for guests. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 

More information will be available soon. 


How do graduating students order Commencement regalia (cap and gown)? 

Information and an online order form will be posted by early February to order regalia for both Undergraduate and Graduate students. 


What should graduating students wear to Commencement? 

Undergraduate students should bring cap, tassel, gown and honor cords. Graduate students should bring cap, tassel, gown and hood. All other items should be left with family or in your vehicle. 

Your attire should be business appropriate (i.e., no jeans, flip-flops, shorts etc.). We want to make sure that you look your best when you walk across the stage. Please leave your purses or any other items with family members so you do not carry them as you process.