People walking into Freedom Hall at Commencement 2023

71st Annual Commencement Festivities - May 2024

Bellarmine University invites you and your guests to celebrate the accomplishments of our newest graduating class. Commencement ceremonies will be held in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Please email cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu with questions. 

Important Information

Commencement Checklist

Be sure you complete this checklist

  • Confirm Your RSVP to the Commencement Ceremony. The Registrar’s Office will email all graduation candidates during the month of March, prior to May graduation, to request that you confirm your RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony. You will need to submit your final RSVP for the ceremony by April 1st. Watch for this email in March for more detailed instructions.
  • 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 during your time at Bellarmine or a previous institution that are not yet completely paid off, you are required to complete the Student Loan Exit Counseling as part of your federal loan requirements. Please do so via https://studentaid.gov/exit-counseling/?counselingType=exit by Friday, April 26, 2024.
  • Update your contact information! Be invited to exclusive alumni events and programs and stay in-the-know on all things Bellarmine by updating your contact information with the Alumni Association. Click here to let us know your next steps!
  • Let us know about your post-graduation plans here: https://tinyurl.com/PostgradBU24! If you would like assistance with your post-graduation plans, be sure to make an appointment with your dedicated career advisor here: https://bellarmine.joinhandshake.com!
  • Check out our graduate and second-degree program options here at Bellarmine! Schedule an appointment to speak with one of our graduate admission officers at gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.
  • 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 & silver philanthropy cord to wear at Commencement. To give, please visit our Senior Giving Site.
Schedule and Ceremony Details

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Graduate and Doctoral Students

  • Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
  • All students and faculty in line-up areas no later than 9:30 a.m.
  • Students line-up in ULA Ballroom on 2nd Floor of Freedom Hall
  • Faculty line-up in the Club Room on 2nd Floor of Freedom Hall

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Students

  • Doors open at 1:00 p.m.
  • All students and faculty in line-up areas no later than 1:30 p.m.
  • Students line-up in ULA Ballroom on 2nd Floor of Freedom Hall
  • Faculty line-up in the Club Room on 2nd Floor of Freedom Hall

Ceremony Details

Assembly of Procession 

Graduates will assemble at their designated time. 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 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 

Both commencement ceremonies will take place in Freedom Hall inside the Kentucky Exposition Center. Expect each ceremony to last around two hours.

Early Participation Option Info for Summer 2024 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.

Academic Apparel and Accessories

Academic Apparel

For bachelor's and master's degree candidates, academic apparel is provided by the Bellarmine Bookstore. Caps and gowns are not pre-ordered, and there is no additional charge for this apparel. Regalia pickup will be held in Frazier Hall on Tuesday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Doctoral candidates will be contacted by their department chair about their academic apparel options.

If you cannot attend the pickup event, please email the Bellarmine Bookstore your degree type, major, and gown size before April 1. You will receive an email back once your items are ready for pickup.

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 in early March to answer questions and take orders. To get information about class rings or announcements after the Bellarmine Bookstore’s regalia pickup event, 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.

Guest Information

Bellarmine University invites you and your guests to celebrate the accomplishments of our newest graduating class. Commencement ceremonies will be held in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday, May 11, 2024. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you! 

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. More information about parking prices and a parking map can be found on the Kentucky Exposition Center Parking and Directions website.

Doors will open one hour before the start of each ceremony. It is recommended that you arrive early as 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 around two hours.

Please plan to arrive early for the Commencement ceremony, as other events are also taking place at the Kentucky Expo Center. Allow plenty of time for gate access, parking, and walking to Freedom Hall. Consider parking in Lots E or J and entering Freedom Hall through the back entrance. Guest drop-off is available at the front and rear entrances.

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.

Accessibility 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 arc@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8490 before April 30.

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.

Senior Week Events

Congratulations, soon-to-be graduates! This week is all about celebrating YOU. We have put together a fantastic lineup of events for you to enjoy. Check out a full list of events.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the commencement ceremonies?

All doctoral students and graduate students will be recognized on Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. All Undergraduate students will be recognized on Saturday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Are guest tickets required to attend the commencement ceremony?

No guest tickets are required for guests attending Commencement in Freedom Hall.

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

The Registrar’s Office will email all graduation candidates during the month of March, prior to May graduation, to request that you confirm your RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony. You will need to submit your final RSVP for the ceremony by April 1st. Watch for this email in March for more detailed instructions. 

If I or one of my guests has accessibility 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 the Accessibility Resource Center by email arc@bellarmine.edu or 502-272-8490 before April 30.

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, Academic Ceremonies Coordinator, at cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu.

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