Commencement 2021

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We thank our graduates and their guests for celebrating with us this weekend. 

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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  • 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
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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.

Arrival and Ticketing Information

Please review the information below, as it answers the most frequently asked questions related to arrival and ticketing. More answers to frequently asked commencement questions can be found on the main commencement site.

WHEN TO ARRIVE

Doors open one hour before each ceremony. Graduates will enter through the West Wing entrance for check in, using their Grad Pass. Your guests enter through the Freedom Hall entrance. These are two different entrances. You should be robed and in line no later than 30 minutes before the start time of your ceremony.

To keep everyone safe and to follow our safety protocols issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, face coverings are required and there will be temperature checks for all graduates and all guests. If any graduate or guest has a temperature read above 100.4, they will not be allowed inside and can only partake virtually. Please do not come to Commencement if you are feeling ill.

No diplomas will be used or distributed at any commencement ceremony, so graduates do not have to bring their diplomas with them.

GRAD PASS

Graduates MUST HAVE their Grad Pass to enter the commencement ceremony and walk across the stage. You can access your Grad Pass in your Marching Order account. Log in to your Marching Order account using the credentials at the bottom of an email you received on Wednesday after you confirmed your plans to attend the ceremony.

Your Grad Pass may be printed or scanned from a mobile device, but we recommend printing. Please print your Grad Pass before you arrive to commencement. If needed, free printing is available on campus using your Bellarmine credentials.

To access your Marching Order account: Visit the Login Page and use this email address: @Model.Person.Email

GUEST TICKETS

Guests 3 years old and up must have a guest ticket to enter. If you confirmed that you're attending the in-person ceremony, you received an email on Wednesday with instructions for claiming extra guest tickets. Tickets may be printed or scanned from a mobile device, but we recommend printing.

Guest tickets are ONLY for your specific ceremony and will not grant admission to any other ceremony. All guests should closely look at their ticket to make sure the correct day and time is listed.

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