Commencement 2019

PHOTOS: Downloadable Commencement portraits

Graduate with diploma 

View a gallery of downloadable portraits of each graduate who participated in our May 2019 Commencement ceremony.

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VIDEO: Commencement in 60 seconds

Graduates walking across the stage

Highlights from Bellarmine University's 2019 Commencement ceremony in Freedom Hall.

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VIDEO: Parting thoughts

Seniors give their final thoughts

Our newest graduates share their thoughts at the conclusion of Commencement 2019.

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NEWS: Largest-ever graduating class receives degrees


Read about Saturday’s commencement ceremony, the largest in Bellarmine’s history.

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VIDEO: 2019 Commencement Address

Dr. Pfeffer delivering the Commencement Address

On Dr. Carole Pfeffer's last day before her retirement as provost, she gave the Class of 2019 words of wisdom and advice to help carry them through lives after college.

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VIDEO: 66th Annual Commencement Festivities

Graduating students posing

Watch full coverage of Saturday’s commencement ceremony at Freedom Hall.

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PHOTOS: Commencement Ceremony

Students lining up for commencement 

Bellarmine’s 66th annual Commencement festivities were moved to Freedom Hall this year to accommodate the university’s largest-ever graduation ceremony.

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VIDEO: Students line up for commencement ceremony

Students lining up for the march into Freedom Hall

Students share their thoughts on graduating as they gather before Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

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VIDEO: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Graduate and child

See scenes from our Friday evening celebration of doctoral candidates in Knights Hall.

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PHOTOS: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 

See images from Friday's doctoral hooding ceremony in Knights Hall, which featured a keynote address by Theo Edmonds.

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PHOTOS: Baccalaureate Mass

Mass at St. Agnes 

Scenes from Friday's Baccalaureate Mass for degree candidates at St. Agnes Church.

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VIDEO: Seniors reflect on time at Bellarmine before graduation

Bellarmine has helped me grow

At a graduation rehearsal and the President’s Welcome to the Alumni Association event in the quad, graduating seniors reflected on their time at Bellarmine University.

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VIDEO: Carole Pfeffer talks retirement

Bellarmine has helped me grow

Provost Carole Pfeffer, who will retire after delivering Saturday's commencement address, reflects on her life at Bellarmine as a student, professor and administrator.

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PODCAST: A Senior Story with Zach

Senior story with Zach

Zach offers advice to incoming students before he graduates on Saturday.

VIDEO: Senior voices - Madelyn

Bellarmine has helped me grow

Madelyn, a senior who graduates on Saturday, reflects on her time at Bellarmine and how it helped her grow.

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PHOTOS: Knights Get Hired

Commencement 2018 ceremony 

Bellarmine degrees lead to rewarding careers. Find out where some of our students will be working after they graduate on Saturday.

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PODCAST: A Senior Story with Emily

Hear Emily's Story

Emily, who graduates on Saturday, talks about working hard to maintain her academic standing so she could become an attractive candidate for Bellarmine's highly selective Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

VIDEO: Senior voices - Steven Cheppo

Senior voices - Steven Cheppo

Senior Steven Cheppo, who graduates this month, answers this question: “If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently at Bellarmine?”

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PODCAST: A Senior Story with Brad

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Brad, a member of Bellarmine's Class of 2019, wanted to stay close to home and says he's made friends for life at Bellarmine University. Hear him explain what it means to soon be a Bellarmine graduate.

PODCAST: A Senior Story with Andrew

A Senior Story with Andrew

Andrew, who graduates on Saturday, says he started college with an academic major that would put him on a career path to earn a lot of money, before deciding he was on the wrong path. Hear him explain why he’s confident about his academic choices and his future.

NEWS: Dr. Carole Pfeffer to speak at commencement

carole pfeffer

Dr. Carole Pfeffer, who will retire as provost this month after a 30-year career at Bellarmine University, will speak at the university's 66th annual commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

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