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Celebrating in new ways

We rejoice with you as you journey toward Commencement.

The information provided on this webpage is designed to help you navigate the deadlines and forms that are required to graduate and participate in the commencement ceremony. You will also find detailed information about the ceremonies, academic attire, and helpful suggestions for making the most of this special time. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to reach out!

Class of 2023 Commencement Events

On-Campus Commencement Ceremony – SATURDAY, MAY 13 @ 10 a.m.

HNU has a long tradition of a single commencement ceremony to celebrate both undergraduate and graduate students. For our final commencement, we are returning to one ceremony. The ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate candidates will be Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10 a.m. in the Corrigan Courtyard on the Holy Names University campus.

Commencement Mass – Friday, May 12 

Commencement Mass will be Friday afternoon in the McLean Chapel.

Guests & Parking

Graduates will not be limited on the number of guests, but parking will be limited to a few vehicles per graduate.
(Vehicle means a regular passenger car, not limos, buses, or large rental vans.)

HNU Student posing with their degree at commencement ceremony
Commencement Deadlines

Order Commencement Attire by April 1, 2023

All students intending to participate in the Commencement ceremonies must place their order for regalia online prior to April 1, 2023. The cost of the attire – consisting of a gap, gown, tassel, degree-specific hood (or stole for credential and certificate students), and stole of gratitude – is covered by your graduation fee.

Place Order Now
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Commencement Deadline

Pay Student Account Balance by May 1, 2023

Pay your student account balance by May 1. Log in to the Student Account Center to review your account and make a payment.

Login to Student Account Center
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Class Rings

Order Your Class Rings

Simply go to and select Holy Names University. Design a ring and then save it under the your email address. Questions? Email Penny Osorio at

Order Class Rings Here
Commencement vs. Graduation

What’s the difference?

You may hear the two words used interchangeably, but there’s a difference between graduation and commencement! Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on your official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree. While encouraged, participation in the commencement ceremonies is not required.

Holy Names University graduate student in cap and gown