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Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018

May 12th, 2018
Rosemont College Main Campus
(outside under a tent rain or shine)


All members of the graduating class of 2018 of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, who meet the criteria detailed below, are encouraged to make an application to be considered as a Student Commencement Speaker at the ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018.   


**Speech submissions are due to the Office of the President, Lawrence Hall, by FridayMarch 16, 2018** 


Three student speakers, one representing each of Rosemont's schools, will be selected by a Committee composed of the President, the Vice President for Mission, the Academic Dean of the Undergraduate College, the Academic Dean of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Chair of the Commencement Committee. 


Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • At least a 3.5 cumulative GPA 

  • All graduation requirements completed by May 2018 

  • Good standing with the College (neither academic nor non-academic probation) 

  • No "I" grade on transcript 


Eligible candidates are required to submit a typed, 3-minute speech that focuses on the following theme, drawn from our mission statement: 

Rosemont College is a community of lifelong learners dedicated to academic excellence and fostering joy in the pursuit of knowledge.  

Along with her or his speech, each candidate is also required to submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or facilitator.  All materials are due in the Office of the President no later than Friday, March 16th; no late submissions will be considered. 
The Committee will rate all speeches anonymously. Criteria will be as follows: adherence to theme, originality, content, organization, and style.  If several speeches from each school receive high rankings, the final selection will be made on the basis of grade point average and service to the College. In early April, the Committee will notify the three students who are selected to serve as Commencement Speakers. 
On behalf of the Committee, I encourage every eligible student to submit a speech.  We eagerly anticipate the excellent contributions that our three student speakers will make to the success of Commencement Day 2018! 

All financial obligations to Rosemont College must be met before Commencement. A student with outstanding debts will not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, and will not receive a diploma or transcripts until the debt is settled. Financial status may be verified by contacting Student Accounts at 610-527-0200 ext. 2243. 

All 2018 degree candidates must be cleared to graduate by their Program and the Registrar's Office. Degree candidates must fulfill all academic requirements for their degree as outlined in the Academic Catalogue. Students who do not meet the academic criteria will be ineligible to participate in the 2018 Commencement. Students will be notified in early March of their eligibility to receive their degree in May. To verify academic eligibility, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 610-527-0200 ext. 2307.  

Students must order their Academic Attire by Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in order to walk in the Commencement Ceremony. Academic Attire may be ordered online at No payment is necessary; the cost of academic attire is included in the Graduation Fee.

Caps, gowns, and hoods will be available for pick-up at the College Book Store (Alumnae Hall – lower level). Graduates may pick-up their academic attire from May 1st until the day before Commencement, May 11th. Students must be financially cleared prior to picking up their cap and gown. Academic attire may be kept by each graduate. Questions about academic attire will be addressed by the College Book Store staff 610-527-0200 ext. 2250.


The Rosemont College Office of Public Relations will send graduation announcements to all students' hometown or local newspapers unless it is requested by a student that information not be released. Please fill out the publicity release form enclosed in this mailing. Please indicate on the form if you do not want the College to send your graduation announcement. All forms must be returned by May 1st to Michael Comoroto, Public Relations Manager, at or 610-527-0200 ext. 2967.

Special recognition will be given to graduates with alumni connections during the Commencement Ceremony and alumni related to graduates are invited to assist in the conferral of degrees. Photos of alumni and graduates will be taken on the day of Commencement. Graduates with family alumni connections to Rosemont College are encouraged to contact Kevin Gary, Director of Alumni Relations, at 610-527-0200 ext. 2805 or

All students who participate in the Commencement Ceremony will receive a "ceremonial" diploma from the President on stage. At the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony, official diplomas will be distributed in Cardinal Hall to all students who have received academic and financial clearances. Please note: Diplomas will not be disbursed until the Commencement Ceremony ends. Students who are not participating in Commencement will indicate on the diploma form how they will receive their diploma (pick up or mailed).

10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Mass: Immaculate Conception Chapel.  
All members of the Rosemont community are invited to attend. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear their academic attire.  


11:30 a.m. Refreshments: Cardinal Hall  
A buffet style lunch will be available for $10.00 on the day of Commencement from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Cardinal Hall. All are welcome to attend. Graduates and faculty are guests of the College.  


12:30 p.m. Connelly Green opens for guest seating under the tent.  
No reserved seating. No tickets are needed. A concession stand with snacks, water, and soda will be open prior to the Ceremony.  


1:00 p.m. All graduates check-in and line-up in Alumnae Hall, Please be prompt. 
Undergraduate College, School of Graduate Studies, School of Professional Studies 


Out of respect for your fellow graduates, you must check-in promptly at 1:00 p.m. Students must check-in to be eligible to walk in the Commencement Ceremony. 

All faculty and platform party check-in and line-up at 1:15 p.m., as follows:  
          All faculty – Immaculate Conception Chapel  
          Platform party/senior staff – Main Building  


1:55 p.m. Outdoor procession begins.  
The procession of graduates, led by the macebearer and color guard, will exit Alumnae Hall and proceed across the bridge. The procession will pass the pond and proceed to the porte cochere of Main Building. The procession will continue past the Immaculate Conception Chapel and Main Building and will enter the tent on Connelly Green. The faculty, senior staff, and the platform party will join the line of procession and enter the tent on Connelly Green.  


2:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony: Under the Tent on Connelly Green  


4:00 p.m. Reception: Alumni Circle  

All graduates and their families are invited to attend this complimentary reception, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association of Rosemont College. No tickets are needed.  

Please note: After the Ceremony, all graduates must pick up diplomas, and all award recipients must pick up awards in Cardinal Hall. IMPORTANT – Diplomas will not be distributed until the entire ceremony concludes. 

Photo and videography are permitted at the Commencement Ceremony. However, please be considerate of other guests and do not block the aisles or obstruct anyone's view of the stage. 

Parking on Campus is limited; please arrive early. Please follow all instruction from Public Safety Officers related to parking. 

Guests attending Commencement Ceremony who need handicapped parking accommodations are asked to call the Office of Public Safety at 610-527-0200 ext. 2554 by May 11th. Ushers will be available to help any guest who needs special assistance with seating. 

If emergency assistance is required on the day of Commencement, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 610-527-0200 ext. 2555 from any campus phone. 

Contact Ryan McElroy, College Events Coordinator at 610-527-0200 ext. 2983 or