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Commencement Dates

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Graduate School Commencement - 11:00 a.m., Hamlin Quad

Baccalaureate Mass - 4:30 p.m. 

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Undergraduate Commencement - 11:00 a.m., Hamlin Quad

Watch the 2023 Graduate Ceremony Here

Watch the 2023 Undergraduate Ceremony Here

Ordering Regalia: Information will be shared with graduates via email.

Graduation Fair (Regalia Pickup): Early-Mid April 2024

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: TBD

Commencement Exercises - Graduate School Class of 2023:  Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. on Hamlin Quad

Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. on Hamlin Quad

Commencement Exercises - Undergraduate Class of 2023:  Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. on Hamlin Quad

How do I apply to graduate?

The graduation application is available in your student profile on Banner. Click on the “Apply to Graduate” link under the menu on the left-hand side. Please follow the graduation application instructions carefully, and choose your graduation term based on when you will take your last class.  You can submit the graduation application only ONCE.

Even if you have choose not to participate in the 2024 Commencement ceremony, you still need to apply for graduation if you are completing your degree requirements in Spring 2024 or Summer 2024.  

What can keep me from graduating?

There are a few things that can keep any student from receiving a diploma, participating in the ceremony, and receiving a transcript.

Ineligibility includes the following: failure to complete all academic requirements as specified by the student’s respective dean’s office; failure to pay any balance that is owed to JCU; finally, any fines and/or overdue books not returned to the library by May 1, 2024.

How do I order my regalia (caps and gowns)? 

Information will be shared with graduates via email and posted here when it is available.

Name Pronunciation

All graduates, especially those whose names are often mispronounced, are asked to call and leave a message with the phonetic pronunciation of their names. These pronunciations will then be given to the deans to practice before the Commencement ceremonies. 

The call-in phone number for Commencement Name Pronunciation is, (216) 397-6638. 

For the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, press 1. For the Graduate School for the Boler College of Business, press 2. For the Undergrad in Arts and Sciences, press 3. For the Undergrad in the Boler College, press 4. To repeat these options, press 9.

Prior to calling this number, please be sure to have your Banner number handy. 

In the event that severe weather is projected for the day of Commencement, the commencement ceremony will be moved from its outdoor location on the Hamlin Quad to an indoor location on campus. The comprehensive rain plan will be shared in the Spring.

As part of the John Carroll tradition, we offer many unique events and opportunities to our graduating seniors.

  • Beaudry Award

    • In honor of Robert Beaudry ’50, the Beaudry Award is given each year at graduation to the young man or woman voted the most deserving of the honor by graduating students. The award recognizes outstanding service in four areas:

      • academic achievement
      • leadership
      • service to John Carroll and/or the greater community
      • Christian life
    • The Beaudry Award is the only student award given at graduation. Nominations are held during the spring semester.  Any student, faculty, administrator, or staff may nominate a graduating senior. Contact Campus Ministry at 216.397.4717 for more information.

  • Millor Orator

    • In honor of the late Rev. William J. Millor, S.J. who served the university in a variety of posts over 28 years, representatives of the Senior Class each year designate a member of the graduating class to make a presentation at the annual commencement.

  • ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

    • Contact the Military Science Office at 216.397.4421 for details and further information.

  • Baccalaureate Mass

    • The Baccalaureate Mass will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2023 on Hamlin Quad. Recognizing that St. Francis Chapel is a very special place on campus for many of our graduates, the chapel will be open for reflection throughout the weekend.

At Commencement, there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages, as well as make purchases from the University Bookstore.

Familes are encouraged to book hotels early as multiple institutions in the Cleveland area typically host Commencement on the same weekend. A list of recommended hotels is available here.