People walking into Freedom Hall at Commencement 2019
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68th Annual Commencement Festivities - May 2021

Bellarmine University invites you and your guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. Commencement ceremonies will be held in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, 2021, following the schedule in the drop-down menu below. Please email cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu with questions.

Visit our Commencement 2021 Celebration page to watch ceremony livestreams and learn about our graduates.

 

 

Important Dates

  • Friday. March 26, 9 a.m. - Saturday March 27, 3 p.m.: Bellarmine Bookstore’s Regalia Pickup Event, Frazier Hall
  • Sunday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.: Baccalaureate Mass, Quad (rain location Frazier Hall): All members of the Bellarmine community and their guests are invited to attend the Class of 2021's Baccalaureate Mass. RSVP today. For questions regarding the Mass please contact the Office of Campus Ministry at 502.272.8051 or CampusMinistry@bellarmine.edu.
  • Senior Week and Graduate Events: Seniors and graduates, we have several events designed to celebrate your accomplishments. Check out our Senior Week and Graduate Events page for details.
  • Friday, May 7, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Dessert Reception for 2021 Graduates and Families in the Quad (rain location Frazier Hall and UDH). RSVP today.
  • Friday, May 7, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Toast to Graduates in the North Wing Lobby following the Commencement Ceremony. Hosted by Alumni Association.
  • Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8: Commencement Ceremonies in Freedom Hall inside the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, following the schedule in the drop-down menu below.  
  • Saturday, May 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Class of 2020 Brunch in the Quad. RSVP today.
  • Saturday, May 8, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dessert Reception in the Quad for 2021 Graduates and Families not able to attend Friday night. RSVP today

Important Information

Commencement Checklist

Be sure you complete this checklist

  • Let us know whether or not you plan to attend your in-person ceremony by April 13. All graduates have been emailed a link to do so. If you did not receive this email, contact Calene Baldwin at cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu.
  • Pick up your Cap and Gown from the Bellarmine Bookstore: click the Academic Apparel and Accessories drop down below to learn more
  • Purchase Class Ring / Announcements from Jostens: click the Academic Apparel and Accessories drop down below to learn more
  • Be sure that any outstanding balances have been paid in full. For questions, contact the Office of Student Accounts at studentaccounts@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8264
  • If you have borrowed Federal Direct Loans while attending Bellarmine, complete the Exit Interview at https://studentaid.gov/exit-counseling/ by April 29, 2021
  • Check out our graduate and second-degree program options here at Bellarmine! Schedule an appointment to speak with one of our graduate counselors at gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.
  • Visit our graduate tuition and financial aid options page to see how affordable it can be to pursue your next degree at Bellarmine. Also be sure to check out Graduate Admission's virtual event page to learn about upcoming information sessions.
  • Give to Senior Gift Campaign – Make a gift to student scholarships to pay it forward for current and future Knights. Commit to giving $250 and receive a green and silver philanthropy cord to wear at Commencement. To give, please visit our Senior Giving site.
 
Schedule and Ceremony Details

Friday, May 7, 2-4 p.m.

Classes of 2020 and 2021 doctoral graduates. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Students, faculty and staff line up in the West Wing (map pdf) no later than 1:30 p.m.

  • All majors

Friday May 7, 7-9 p.m.

Class of 2020 (Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020) bachelor’s and master’s graduates. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Students, faculty and staff line up in the West Wing (map pdf) no later than 6:30 p.m. 

  • All majors

Saturday, May 8, 9-11 a.m.

Class of 2021 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021) graduates in Nursing and Clinical Sciences and the College of Health Professions majors (bachelor’s and master’s). Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Students, faculty and staff line up in the West Wing (map pdf) no later than 8:30 a.m.

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Aging Studies
  • Master of Health Science
  • Health Services Administration
  • Senior Living Leadership

Saturday, May 8, 2-4 p.m.

Class of 2021 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021) graduates in Education, Business, and Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (bachelor’s and master’s) and MAC and MSDM graduates. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Students, faculty and staff line up in the West Wing (map pdf) no later than 1:30 p.m.

  • Education
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • MBA
  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Therapy (early entry program)
  • Sports Administration
  • Master of Arts in Communication (MAC)
  • Master of Science in Digital Media (MSDM)

Saturday, May 8, 7-9 p.m.

Class of 2021 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021) Bellarmine College of Arts & Sciences, bachelor’s graduates only. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Students, faculty and staff line up in the West Wing (map pdf) no later than 6:30 p.m.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Art
  • Arts Administration
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Data Science
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Languages & International Studies
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Theology

Ceremony Details

Assembly of Procession
Graduates will assemble at their designated time in the West Wing. All graduates should check in with the faculty marshal or staff person present for their area upon arrival. Graduates should be robed and in line no later than 30 minutes before their ceremony begins. Please see the schedule above for details.

Please note that due to the timing of the ceremony, graduates are encouraged to eat before arriving to Freedom Hall.

Procession
Graduates: For the procession, all graduates wear their cap and gown, masters graduates wear their hood, and doctoral graduates drape their hood over their arm to don during the ceremony. Faculty marshals and staff will assist students with academic apparel and the order of line-up for the procession.

Faculty/Staff: Faculty and staff members in full academic regalia will assemble in the West Wing at their designated time. Please see the schedule above for details. Faculty marshals will assemble the faculty and staff in the proper processional sequence.

Commencement
All commencement ceremonies will take place in Freedom Hall inside the Kentucky Exposition Center. Expect each ceremony to last between one to two hours.

Streamed Award Events

  • Rubel School of Business Awards Ceremony, Tuesday, April 6, 5:00 p.m. via Zoom (click to join)
  • Bellarmine College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony, April 8, 4:30 p.m. (click to join)
  • Bellarmine University Honors & Awards Event, April 9, 2:00 p.m. (click to join)
  • School of Education Award & Recognition Ceremony, April 13, 5:00 p.m. via Teams (click to join)
  • Celebration of Student Achievement in the Arts & Humanities, April 15, 5:30 p.m. (click to join)
  • Bellarmine Nursing Celebration of Nursing Excellence Ceremony, May 5, 2:00 p.m. (link forthcoming)
Early Participation Option Info for Summer 2021 Graduates

Summer graduates have the choice to participate in this spring’s ceremony or next year’s ceremony. There is no petition required; summer graduates just need to RSVP when requested. Please see more details in the Bellarmine University Catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current plans for Commencement 2021?

We are planning several in-person commencement ceremonies in Freedom Hall on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. Details are still being finalized, but the plan is that those graduates who would have walked in May 2020 (Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and May 2020) will be honored in one ceremony, while Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and May 2021 graduates will be divided among several other ceremonies.

What are the dates of the commencement ceremonies?

All doctoral graduates from 2020 and 2021 will be recognized in a single ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, May 7. All other Class of 2020 graduates (Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and May 2020), both at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, will be recognized on Friday evening.

Class of 2021 graduates (Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and May 2021) will be divided into three separate ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, based on their school/major.

When will I walk?

Please see the schedule drop down menu above.

Are guest tickets required to attend the commencement ceremony?

Yes. Everyone (3 years old and up) attending the commencement ceremonies (graduates and guests) must have a ticket for entry into Freedom Hall. Each graduate will receive 5 tickets for guests. The number of guests will be strictly enforced in order to maintain the COVID-19 protocols issued by the Governor’s Office.

What safety protocols are being followed?

Our smaller commencement ceremonies will allow us to follow appropriate protocols as we continue to grapple with COVID-19. Graduates will be physically distanced while seated and in the lineup. Guest seating will also provide physical distancing. Everyone who enters Freedom Hall must wear a face covering and have their temperature checked at the doors, and everyone (3 years old and up) attending must have a ticket.

What if I do not feel safe attending an in-person ceremony?

Any graduate who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person ceremony will be recognized virtually by having their name announced and their degree information displayed, and all of the ceremonies will be live-streamed for family and friends to view.

How do graduates confirm that they are participating in the in-person ceremony?

All graduates have received an email asking them to RSVP for the commencement ceremonies. If a graduate has not received this email, they should contact cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu as soon as possible. 

If I or one of my guests has disability accommodation needs, who do I contact?

There will be reserved accessible seating inside Freedom Hall, but for any other accommodation questions, please contact the Director of Disability Services by email rpurdy@bellarmine.edu or 502-272-8490 before April 24.

All ceremonies will be live streamed for guests unable to attend in person. We will have a limited number of wheelchairs available for short distance assistance; however, please be sure to bring your own personal devices if you require them for long distance mobility. 

I have a cap and gown from my undergraduate degree; can I wear that instead of a different one for my masters?

No. The graduation apparel for each degree level is slightly different in order to have consistency in appearance for our graduates and to ensure that all students have the apparel appropriate to the degree they are receiving.

Who can I contact with an unusual question?

Send an email to Calene Baldwin, Commencement Coordinator, at cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu.

Guest Information

Bellarmine University invites you and your guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. Commencement ceremonies will be held in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, 2021. Each graduate will receive 5 tickets for guests. The number of guests will be strictly enforced in order to maintain the COVID-19 protocols issued by the Governor’s Office. 

Parking and When to Arrive

Freedom Hall is located in the Kentucky Exposition Center at 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40209. The Kentucky Exposition Center has more than 19,000 parking spaces. Parking is $10 for cars. More information on parking can be found on the Kentucky Exposition Center Parking and Directions website.

Doors will open one hour before the start of each ceremony. Each ceremony program will begin promptly at its designated time, so it is strongly recommended that guests are seated no later than 30 minutes before each procession will begin. Except for reserved seating for graduates, faculty, and governing boards, seating in Freedom Hall will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each commencement ceremony is expected to last between one and two hours.

Safety Protocols

Our smaller commencement ceremonies will allow us to follow appropriate protocols as we continue to grapple with COVID-19. Graduates will be physically distanced while seated and in the lineup. Guest seating will also provide physical distancing. Everyone who enters Freedom Hall must wear a face covering and have their temperature checked at the doors, and everyone (3 years old and up) attending must have a ticket.

What Not to Bring

Do not bring balloons, umbrellas, coolers, glass containers, weapons of any kind, outside food or beverages, artificial noise makers, or animals (except for service animals). Smoking is prohibited inside the facility. Note that for the safety of our guests, bags may be subject to a search at the time of entry.

Disability Accommodations

There will be reserved accessible seating inside Freedom Hall, but for any other accommodation questions, please contact the Director of Accessibility Resource Center by email rpurdy@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8490 before April 24.

All ceremonies will be live streamed for guests unable to attend in person. We will have a limited number of wheelchairs available for short distance assistance; however, please be sure to bring your own personal devices if you require them for long distance mobility.

First Aid/Assistance

For the safety of our students and guests, an ambulance and EMS personnel will be on hand before, during, and after each commencement ceremony. For other questions or assistance, look for staff wearing Bellarmine Commencement Team lanyards.

Photography

To keep Commencement running smoothly, guests are not allowed to approach the stage to take photographs.

More questions? Please email cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu.

 

Academic Apparel and Accessories

Academic apparel is provided to each graduate by the Bellarmine Bookstore. Caps and gowns are not pre-ordered, and there is no additional charge for your cap and gown.

Regalia pickup will be held from 9 a.m. Friday, March 26, through 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in Frazier Hall. Please visit our Regalia Pick Up page to select your time slot and provide your degree type, major and gown size. You must register by 5 p.m. Monday, March 8. 

If you cannot attend the pickup event, please email the Bellarmine Bookstore your degree type, major, and gown size before March 8. You’ll pick up your cap and gown in the Bookstore between March 29 and April 17 during regular business hours.

Class Ring and Announcements

The Bellarmine class ring is reserved exclusively for students who have completed at least 60 hours and are in good standing with the University, and students in their final year of their professional or graduate program.

A Jostens representative will be on-site during the Bellarmine Bookstore’s regalia pickup event on March 26 and March 27 to answer questions and take orders. To get information about class rings or announcements after March 27, refer to the Jostens website (www.Jostens.com) or visit the Bellarmine Bookstore.

Latin Honors Medallions

Bellarmine University awards Latin Honors to undergraduate degree program students in accordance with the following policy:

Graduation with Latin honors—cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude—indicates superior attainment in scholarship as reflected in a student’s GPA. To achieve Latin Honors upon graduation, students must have 60 or more credits earned in Bellarmine University courses, and meet the following minimum cumulative GPA requirements as shown on the Bellarmine transcript:

  • Cum laude, for a GPA of 3.50 to 3.69, is represented by a medallion with a scarlet ribbon
  • Magna cum laude, for a GPA of 3.70 to 3.84, is represented by a medallion with a silver ribbon
  • Summa cum laude, for a GPA of 3.85 to 4.00, is represented by a medallion with a gold ribbon

Latin honors are awarded only upon completion of all degree requirements and are reflected on the student’s academic transcript.

Letter From Cabinet

Dear Recent Graduates and Graduates-To-Be,

As we recently notified you, we plan to celebrate commencement with several in-person ceremonies in Freedom Hall on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. We can now provide you with the details for each ceremony.

All doctoral graduates from 2020 and 2021 will be recognized in a single ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, May 7. All other Class of 2020 graduates (Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and May 2020), both at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, will be recognized on Friday evening.

The Class of 2021 graduates (Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and May 2021) will be divided into three separate ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, based on their school/major.

Here is the complete schedule:

  • Friday, May 7, 2-4 p.m.: Classes of 2020 and 2021 doctoral graduates
  • Friday May 7, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2020 bachelor’s and master’s graduates
  • Saturday, May 8, 9-11 a.m.: Class of 2021 graduates in Nursing and Clinical Sciences and the College of Health Professions majors (bachelor’s and master’s)
  • Saturday, May 8, 2-4 p.m.: Class of 2021 graduates in Education, Business, and Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (bachelor’s and master’s) and MAC and MSDM graduates
  • Saturday, May 8, 7-9 p.m.: Class of 2021 Bellarmine College of Arts & Sciences, bachelor’s graduates only

These smaller ceremonies will allow us to follow appropriate protocols as we continue to grapple with COVID-19. Graduates will be physically distanced while seated and in the lineup. Guest seating will also provide physical distancing. Everyone who enters Freedom Hall must wear a face covering and have their temperature checked at the doors, and everyone attending must have a ticket.

The number of tickets each graduate will receive will be determined a bit later based on capacity guidelines which continue to change.

Any graduate who does not feel comfortable with attending an in-person ceremony will be recognized virtually by announcing their name and displaying their degree information, and all of the ceremonies will be live-streamed.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 recommendations issued by the state and the CDC and will notify you as soon as possible should anything change. Please continue to follow protocols such as wearing masks, washing your hands and maintaining physical distance.

Be on the lookout for an email coming soon regarding RSVPs for the commencement ceremonies.

If you have any questions related to our commencement plan, please contact Calene Baldwin, commencement coordinator, at cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu.

We look forward to celebrating with you in May!

In veritatis amore,
Dr. Susan M. Donovan
President

Dr. Paul Gore
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dr. Glenn Kosse
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Dr. Michael Marshall
Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communication

Dr. Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr.
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Helen Grace Ryan
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Sean Ryan
Senior Vice President

Mr. Bob Zimlich
Vice President for Administration and Finance