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Commencement Dates

Saturday, May 20, 2023
Graduate School Commencement & Baccalaureate Mass

Sunday, May 21, 2023
Undergraduate Commencement

Both ceremonies will begin at 11:00am on Hamlin Quad

Watch the 2022 Graduate Ceremony Here

Watch the 2022 Undergraduate Ceremony Here

Regalia Orders DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Graduation Fair (Regalia Pickup): April 12 and 13 (12:00pm to 6:00pm basement of the O'Malley Center)

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: Friday, May 19, 2023

Commencement Exercises - Graduate School Class of 2023: 
Saturday, May 20, 2023

Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Commencement Exercises - Undergraduate Class of 2023: 
Sunday, May 21, 2023

Information regarding the plan for inclement weather will be shared with graduates and posted to the website this spring. 

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. 

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 20, 2023 in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Gym. 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.

Students completing master's degrees wear academic hoods at Commencement that correspond with their degree curriculum. Be sure to select the appropriate curriculum when placing your order:

  • Arts (including Non-Profit Administration and Counseling) - White

  • Business and Accountancy - Drab

  • Education and Education Specialist - Light Blue

  • Science - Gold

To order your cap and gown, please visit the Josten's Website

Please note: the deadline to order cap & gowns is Tuesday, March 14th, 2023

Graduation Fair (Regalia Pickup): April 12 and 13 (12:00pm to 6:00pm across from Saxbys Coffee in the basement of St. Ignatius Hall/The Administration Building)