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Commencement Events

You may hear the two words used interchangeably, but there's a difference between graduation and commencement!

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Commencement Events 2022

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.

Class of 2022

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The Commencement Mass

The Commencement Mass is for undergraduates, graduates and credential/certificate students. The Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 13 in the McLean Chapel. The Catholic Mass is planned in part by members of the graduating class and much care is taken to include the diverse religious traditions present on campus. Academic gowns and hoods are worn for the Mass. Participation in the Mass is encouraged but optional.

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Graduate Students On-Campus Commencement Ceremony
Friday May 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Each graduate will be given 4 guest tickets and can bring 4 guests

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Undergraduate Students On-campus Commencement Ceremony
Saturday May 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Each graduate will be given 4 guest tickets and can bring 4 guests

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Accessibility Information

Parking for guests with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper lot near the Valley Center for the Performing Arts.  Drop-off is also available in this area. If you need accessible seating or other accommodations for any Commencement Event, please contact Rebecca Whitney, Disability Support Services Coordinator (dss@hnu.edu).