Students are added to the graduation
list when they submit an Application for Graduation or an
Application for Certificate Completion. Students who anticipate
completing all their degree requirements in Spring would apply for
May graduation. Students who anticipate completing all their
degree requirements in Summer would apply for August graduation.
Students who anticipate completing all their requirements in Fall
would apply for December graduation. Keep in mind that Carlow has
only one Commencement Ceremony each year in May. This ceremony is
for students completing requirements in December and May, and the
August following the ceremony (so May 2020 Commencement is for
December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020 graduates). Students
completing degrees and certificates are both welcome to walk in the
ceremony. Please look out for an email from the Registrar's Office
with deadlines to submit your applications. All students are
charged a graduation fee upon submitting their application. This is
a one-time, non-refundable fee charged to all students regardless
of whether they walk in the ceremony. Undergraduate/graduate
degrees ($150); Doctoral ($250); Certificates ($50).
Q: What is the
difference between the Application for Graduation and RSVP'ing to
the Commencement Ceremony?
A: The Application for Graduation or
Application for Certificate Completion will start the process of
the internal review of your academic record to determine whether
you have met all requirements for your degree or certificate and
can officially graduate from Carlow University. The RSVP to the
Commencement Ceremony indicates your intent to walk in the ceremony
and will need to be submitted separately from the application.
Students who graduate or complete certificates do not have to walk
in the Commencement Ceremony.
applying to graduate this Summer. When am I eligible to
participate in Commencement?
A: Students who anticipate completing
the requirements for graduation in December 2019, May 2020, and
August 2020 are invited to participate in the May 2020 Commencement
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 do I do after I RSVP?
A: Pick up your tickets at the Grad Fair, held in April.. If you do not pick them up, they will automatically be mailed to the address you entered after the Grad Fair is over. 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 or at
check-in on graduation day. You can wear it proudly with your cap
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 left for information
about the ceremony.
Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas will be mailed 6 weeks after the
official end of the semester. They will not be distributed on
graduation day. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their
Carlow email account for information on diploma mailing and to
contact the Registrar's office in a timely manner to update address
Q: How long does Commencement last?
A: Approximately two hours.
Q: How many people can I invite to
A: Each graduate will receive up to four
tickets as requested via the RSVP form. A waiting
list will be held for students who request extra tickets.
Q: How are students who have earned honors
A: Undergraduate students who have earned
honors will wear an honors cord as part of their regalia. The honors
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
Q: Can my family take pictures during the
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.