Information for Graduates

The Stonehill College community makes every effort to assure that this event becomes a major landmark in the lives of its graduates and their families. You are asked to assist in creating a highly enjoyable and successful event by complying with instructions and plans during Commencement weekend.

Graduation Requirements

  • Seniors should access their grades on line to confirm that they have satisfied all academic requirements. Contact the Office of Academic Services & Advising if you determine that you will not complete graduation requirements.
  • Students who have not been cleared for graduation by the Office of Student Financial Services by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, will not be allowed to graduate. 
  • Graduates who will not attend the Commencement ceremony are required to notify the Registrar's Office.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 


Rehearsal is crucial to the success of Sunday's Exercises! Saturday practice for graduates will be held at noon and you will assemble behind Donahue Hall. Following a procession, President Denning will address the graduates. Graduates will then receive instructions regarding the Commencement ceremony and there will be a brief 'walk through.'

Caps & Gowns

Immediately following the rehearsal, graduates will pick up caps, hoods and gowns at the College Bookstore. There is no charge. The bookstore will be open between the hours of 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Students must pick up their own caps, gowns and hoods and each student should assure that their outfit is complete and appropriate in size before departing the Bookstore area. The gown and hood should be hung up overnight to reduce wrinkles prior to Sunday's ceremony. Other clothing worn on Sunday should be suitable for the occasion.

Baccalaureate Mass

Graduates and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. Graduates do not march in procession for the Mass and no academic robes are worn for the occasion. Please plan to sit with your families and friends for this important part of the Commencement activities.

Bishop George Coleman of the Diocese of Fall River will celebrate the Mass. Concelebrants will include President John Denning, C.S.C. and other members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Accompanied by the Stonehill Chapel Choir, The Cranberry Brass and by Stonehill graduating seniors as liturgical ministers, this regal celebration will end in ample time for all participants to drive to Boston for the gala dinner event.

Commencement Eve Dinner Dance

Graduates, parents and friends are invited to attend the Commencement Eve Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, following the Baccalaureate Mass. The event takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston and is organized by the Office of Student Activities.

Each graduate will receive a complimentary ticket for him/herself along with 2 additional free tickets for a total of three (3) complimentary tickets for the event. Additional tickets can be purchased for $65 each (payment can be made by personal check, cash or on a student’s Hill Card). Tickets can only be obtained by using the Ticket/Meal Order Form which accompanies the Commencement guide students receive. Order forms can also be found on the Commencement website. Order forms can be turned into the Office of Student Activities starting Monday, April 21. The last day that ticket forms will be accepted is Friday, May 2. Students will be assigned tables by the Office of Student Activities. Confirmation of meals, number of tickets and seating assignments will be sent to their Stonehill email address as forms are processed. Please contact the Office of Student Activities with any other questions at 508-565-1308.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

All graduates report to Donahue Hall no later than 9:00am. Faculty will organize the graduates in alphabetical order by degree for the commencement procession.

Commencement Procession

For the Commencement procession, graduates do not wear the hood but carry it on their left arm. The procession will begin at the top of the hill at Donahue Hall and will proceed down the stairway to the quad. The graduates will be seated in the center section of the quad. When it comes time to move forward to receive diploma covers, designated faculty members will place the hood on the graduate's shoulders. The tassel is worn on the right rear side of the cap during the procession. You are to wear your class pin on your gown during the Commencement Exercises. If you did not receive your pin (they were distributed during Convocation), be sure to contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Faculty Reception

At the completion of the Commencement Exercises, graduates process down the center aisle to the faculty reception line.


Diplomas will be available in the Registrar Office, room 112 in the Duffy Academic Center, immediately following the ceremony. Several diploma pick-up stations will be in place for a quick and convenient process. You will exchange your name card (you will receive your name card when you are assembled for the procession) for your diploma.

All graduates are encouraged to pick up their diplomas on Sunday. The remaining diplomas will be mailed during the week following Commencement.


The ceremony usually concludes by 12:30 p.m. If you are planning any post Commencement celebrations, such as an off campus luncheon or party, please allow additional time to exit the campus. Off campus food deliveries are not allowed due to traffic congestion. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus.