People walking into Freedom Hall at Commencement 2019
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69th Annual Commencement Festivities - May 2022

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 Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 2022, following the schedule in the drop-down menu below. Additional details coming soon. Please email cbaldwin@bellarmine.edu with questions.

Important Information

Schedule and Ceremony Details

Friday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.

Graduate and Doctoral Students

  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • All students and faculty in line-up areas no later than 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m.

Undergraduate Students

  • Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
  • All students and faculty in line-up areas no later than 9:30 a.m.

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

Early Participation Option Info for Summer 2022 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.

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 Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 2022. 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. 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.

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 rpurdy@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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the commencement ceremonies?

All doctoral students and graduate students will be recognized on Friday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. All undergraduate students will be recognized on Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m.

Are guest tickets required to attend the commencement ceremony?

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

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 rpurdy@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.