Q: How do I get on the graduation list?
A: Students are added to the graduation list after a student applies for graduation. Students who anticipate completing all their degree requirements in Summer would apply for May graduation.  Students who anticipate completing all their degree requirements in Summer would apply for August graduation (but will participate in the May ceremony).  May graduates need to submit an application to graduate to the Student Hub by Monday February 1st.  August graduates need to submit an application to graduate to the Student Hub by Tuesday, March 1st.

Q:  I’m applying to graduate this Summer.  When am I eligible to participate in Commencement?
 A:  Effective Spring 2016, students who anticipate completing the requirements for graduation in May 2016 or August 2016 are invited to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony.  Students who anticipate completing the requirements for graduation in December 2016, May 2017, and August 2017 are invited to participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony.

Q:  Will having only one Commencement ceremony a year affect the conferral of my degree?
A:  This change will not affect the actual graduation date stamped on a student’s record nor the mailing of diplomas.

Q: What is the difference between the Application for Graduation and submitting an RSVP for Commencement?
A: The Application for Graduation will start the process of the internal review, called a grad audit, of your academic records. This will determine whether you have met all graduation requirements for your degree. It is the student's responsibility to turn in this form to the Student Hub by February 1st for May degree completion and March 1st for August degree completion. The Registrar's Office then puts your name on a graduation list and gives it to the Commencement Committee. The RSVP for Commencement is how the students notify us that they plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, and how many tickets they will need for their guests.

Q: What do I do after I RSVP?
A: Look for your tickets to arrive in the mail after April 22nd, or pick them up at the Grad Fair on April 18th or 19th . Buy your cap and gown and arrive on time for the ceremony on graduation day. Undergraduate students who earned honors can  pick up their honors cords at the Grad Fair, the bookstore or at the check-in desk on graduation day.

Q: Does Carlow University recognize veterans at Commencement?
A: Yes!  All active, retired or honorably discharged members of the armed services or reserves can pick up a complimentary veteran's stole at the Grad Fair, the bookstore of at check-in on graduation day. You can wear it proudly with your cap and gown.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?
A: No. Please arrive one hour before Commencement and the volunteers will instruct you in what to do. Refer to the "Graduation Day" link at the right for information about the ceremony.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas will be mailed within 6 weeks after graduation. They will not be distributed on graduation day.

Q: How long does Commencement last?
A: Approximately two hours.

Q: How many people can I invite to Commencement?
A: Each graduate will receive up to ten tickets as requested via the RSVP form.

Q: How are students who have earned honors recognized?
A: Undergraduate students who have earned honors will wear an honors cord as part of their regalia. The honor cord will be provided to you free of charge. They will also have their honor announced after their name (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) on stage at Commencement and it will be printed under their name in the program.

Q: May children attend Commencement?
A: Children may attend Commencement, but they need a ticket. In order for the ceremony to be pleasant for everyone, please be prepared to remove fussy babies from the auditorium immediately.

Q: Can my family take pictures during the ceremony?
A: Photography is only permitted in areas where it does not disrupt the dignity of the ceremony. Photography is not permitted in the aisles where the faculty and students process in and out of the auditorium. A professional photographer will be in attendance taking each student's picture as they walk across the stage.