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You can access the graduation application by logging into your Student Profile here. Click on the “Apply to Graduate” link under the menu on the left-hand side.

If you have further questions about graduation applications, don't hesitate to contact

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.


Due to commencement being held outside on Hamlin Quad. It is open seating, there are no tickets required nor is there a limit on the number of people a graduate can bring.

Graduate School Commencement: 1.5 hours

Baccalaureate Mass: 1.5 hours

Undergraduate Commencement: 2.5 hours

*All times are approximate and vary from year-to-year.*


The Graduate and Undergraduate ceremonies will be live-streamed and there will be a link on the commencement homepage,

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 the day prior to event if that a decision is ma

There will be accessible parking available in the Carroll Expansion lot next to the Hamlin Quad. Commencement is an open seating event on the Hamlin Quad. While there will be designated accessible seating on concrete pads off of the sidewalks surrounding the Quad, visitors are welcome to move chairs if needed. There will be a limited number of wheelchairs available for guests at the event. It is highly recommended that guests bring their own wheelchair to ensure they have one for the event. A sign language interpreter will be provided for the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies. Requests for any other disability accommodations for Commencement should be directed to

Parking for Commencement is available on campus, entering through the front gate off the traffic circle. Limited street parking will be available as well. We encourage carpooling, and walking from off-campus housing, if possible. Handicapped parking spaces will be available in the Carroll Expansion Lot next to Hamlin Quad, and elsewhere as directed by gate attendants and officers. Drivers may also drop off guests close to the Hamlin Quad, if preferred. The campus accessibility map (below) provides an overall view of campus, and the Carroll Expansion Lots.

There will be a Shuttle Service available for commencement to escort individuals from their parking location to the ceremony location and back. More information on this will be released closer to Commencement.

Campus Parking Map


Students and parents can order announcements through Jostens. Students can also watch for Jostens representatives who will be on campus throughout the spring semester to answer questions concerning announcements and rings.

All cap and gown information is sent to graduates via email weekly. The cap and gown information is emailed to those who have submitted their graduation application and are approved by the registrar to graduate. The deadline to order regalia is February 26, 2024. All information regarding graduation approval is directed to the registrar (

If you have missed the deadline for ordering regalia please email



Jostens will email a confirmation number to the email the graduate provides when ordering through their site. Please check all email folders for the confirmation number including your spam folder. You are able to confirm your order on the Jostens site. From the My School Store Tab. Scroll down to Customer Service and Select Order Status. 

Please ensure that you ordered through the link emailed from which contains the regalia portal to John Carroll University. Please direct all questions to regarding regalia.


All regalia is to be picked up at the graduate fair. The 2024 graduate fair is April 16th & 17th from 12:00-6:30pm in the LSC Conference Room located in the Lombardo Student Center. Regalia is for pickup on campus only, regalia is not sent to a graduate's personal address. Please email for additional questions.



Master of Arts (MA-WHITE):

Advanced Studies in Education (thesis or essay track)

Biology (non-thesis)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Educational Psychology (thesis or essay track)



Nonprofit Administration

Sports Leadership

Theology and Religious Studies

Master of Education (MED-LIGHT BLUE):

Advanced Studies in Education (non-thesis or essay track)

Educational Leadership

Educational Psychology (non-thesis or essay track)

Professional Teacher MEd with Initial Licensure

School-Based MEd with Initial Licensure

School Counseling

Master of Science (MS-GOLD):

Applied Behavior Analysis

Biology (thesis track)

Digital Marketing & Communication Strategy 

Exercise Physiology

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Master of Business Administration (MBA-DRAB)

John Carroll University at this time does not distribute Latin Honors Chords (Summa Cum Laude/Magna Cum Laude/Cum Laude). Should this change graduates will be notified via email from

In addition, regarding order all other honors regalia is handled through the individual campus organization/department it is associated with, not the Academic Affairs Office.

No, students do not. The dress code is typical business attire -- button-down shirts, sport coats, dresses, skirts, etc.

If you still have not received photos from the 2023 Commencement Ceremony please note that GradImages is available to assist:

Please contact GradImages customer service to receive access to your photos.

Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or; they have a large team available to assist.

You can watch the 2023 ceremonies by clicking on these links below:

Watch the 2023 Graduate Ceremony Here

Watch the 2023 Undergraduate Ceremony Here