2021 Commencement Weekend: May 6-9, 2021

All ceremonies will be live-streamed here on this webpage. 

(Baccalaureate Holy Mass will be live-streamed at 11:30 am Saturday and Sunday on Walsh’s YouTube Channel.)

Each graduate from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who indicated their participation in graduation by the deadline will receive an envelope containing Cecchini Center Alumni Arena bracelet tickets for two guests, as well as two additional tickets for an on-campus "watch party" simulcast. The location of the on-campus simulcast will be noted on the tickets and a campus map will be included for reference. We ask that your two additional guests go directly to their watch party simulcast location. All ceremonies will also be available to view live on this page. 

  • All graduates should arrive at the Birk Center one hour before your respective ceremony. When you arrive, you will be directed to your staging room.
  • Graduates should already be dressed in your cap and gown upon arrival. 
  • Please do not bring personal items to the staging rooms. They will NOT be monitored during the ceremony and Walsh will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items you leave in the staging rooms. Leave purses, etc. in a secure location prior to arriving to Birk. Graduates do not return to the staging rooms after Commencement.
  • Do not forget your name card. You will present this card as you approach the stage to have your name read aloud during the ceremony.
  • As a reminder, no one without an admission wristband or watch party ticket will be permitted into the Alumni Arena or watch party areas, with the exception of babies less than 24 months old who can sit on an adult's lap. 

A list of majors organized by School/Division is available here.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

9:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony
Byers School of Nursing and Division of Education
Cecchini Health and Wellness Complex, Alumni Arena

11:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Holy Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
All Saturday Graduates are Welcome

1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony
School of Arts and Sciences
Cecchini Health and Wellness Complex, Alumni Arena

Sunday, May 9, 2021

9:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony
DeVille School of Business
Cecchini Health and Wellness Complex, Alumni Arena

11:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Holy Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
All Sunday Graduates are Welcome

1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Cecchini Health and Wellness Complex, Alumni Arena

Special Events

Thursday, May 6, 2021

5:00 p.m. Class of 2021 Toast to the Tassel
Hoover Park
All 2021 Graduating Seniors, Faculty and Staff are Welcome - Registration for this event is closed.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

4:00 p.m. President’s Awards Dinner Honoring Outstanding Seniors
Barrette Business and Community Center
By Invitation

6:00 p.m. Class of 2020 Reunion Barbecue
David Center Atrium
Limited to Graduates who RSVP'd for Commencement prior to March 5 deadline

Seven to Remember COVID Safety Protocols will be strictly enforced.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Baccalaureate Holy Mass

What is the Baccalaureate Holy Mass?

The Baccalaureate Holy Mass is a celebration that honors the graduating class.

Do I need to be Catholic to attend this ceremony?

Absolutely not. Any religious affiliation is welcome. 

Who attends the Baccalaureate Holy Mass?

All are welcome (including family members) and no tickets are required.  Seating is limited due to COVID restrictions.  We will live stream Holy Mass in the Toot Global Learning Center to accommodate additional guests. The Holy Mass will also be available to view on YouTube here.

Where do I sit?

There is no special seating for Baccalaureate.  You will sit with your guests.

What do I wear?

Academic Regalia is NOT required for this event.

 

Commencement

Is there rehearsal for Commencement?

There is no formal rehearsal for Commencement.  We ask that all graduates meet at the Birk Center one hour before Commencement. You will check in upon your arrival and be directed to the appropriate room.  Do not forget your name card. You will present this card as you approach the stage to have your name read aloud during the ceremony.  Marshals will be on site to distribute honor cords and to orchestrate the lineup for the procession and seating.

How will we process?

Graduates will line up single file.  Marshals will direct you into your seats.  When your degree is announced, you will come forward.  Upon entering the stage, you will hand off your name card and process across the stage to receive your diploma cover.  Actual diplomas will be mailed to you in early June upon certification of all graduation requirements.  Only graduates are permitted to process across the stage.

How long is the commencement ceremony?

Though the time varies depending on the length of speeches, it is safe to anticipate an hour and a half to two hours.

What is the dress code for graduation?

Academic Attire includes the academic gown, hood, mortarboard (cap).  Gowns should be clean and pressed*.  Although there is no official dress code for what you wear under your gown, professional wear is always appropriate. 

*Since the graduation gowns are made of polyester, ironing directly on it can melt the fabric. Turn the gown inside out and place a white towel over the fabric and iron over the towel on the warm setting. Try not to hold the iron in one spot for too long to prevent scorching.

Academic Attire

Graduates should be dressed in your cap and gown upon arrival.  Please do not bring personal items to the staging rooms. They will NOT be monitored during the ceremony and Walsh will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items you leave in the staging rooms. Leave purses, etc. in a secure location prior to arriving to Birk. Graduates do not return to the staging rooms after Commencement.

Academic Hood

Undergraduate and graduate degree candidates will wear their hoods. Volunteers will be on site to assist you if needed. 

Doctoral Candidates will be hooded during their commencement ceremony. When your degree is announced, you will come forward carrying your hood over your arm.  You will process to the first available faculty member and hand them your hood.  Then turn to face the audience while the faculty member places the hood over your head onto your shoulders. Turn to thank the professor than exit the stage

How many people can I invite to the ceremony?

Each graduate is limited to four guests.  You have received TWO wristbands for the Alumni Arena and TWO tickets to an on campus watch party.  Please remind your guest that they need to be WEARING a wristband or have an Auxiliary Gym ticket to enter the Cecchini Center. All watch party locations also require a ticket.  Children are also required to wear a wristband or have a ticket to enter.   COVID protocols will be in place.  Masks are required and all guests will be seated six feet apart. Those who are unable to attend will have the opportunity to view the ceremony via live feed from the Walsh University website.

How early should we get to the ceremony?

Graduates should arrive one hour before their ceremony.  The doors open to the Cecchini Health and Wellness Center and all watch party locations one hour before the ceremony.  Seating for guests is on a first come, first serve basis. Fifteen minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, we will restrict admittance into the Alumni Arena to allow the graduates to process in. 

For security reasons all bags will be subject to search.

Where should we park?

There will be parking available throughout campus.   Campus Police will be available to direct your families. We are also offering shuttle service from the parking lots.  Please look for signage for the nearest shuttle.

In addition to the main entrance into the Cecchini Complex, guests will also be able to enter at the South entrance closer to the resident hall parking lots O & P.  (link to campus map)

What about handicapped parking and access?

Handicapped parking spaces will be available in the VIP lot, behind the Cecchini Center. Handicapped seating will be identified in the arena.  One other person may sit with those requiring special accommodations. 

Where can I find a hotel?

Walsh University provides lodging information under Hotels by clicking here.

Will the Barnes and Noble Bookstore be open Commencement Weekend?

Yes, the bookstore will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Pictures and/or videotape.

GradImages has been engaged to photograph each graduate as diplomas are presented.  Information regarding the purchase of photographs will be forwarded to all students and their families following commencement.

Whom do I call for additional questions about Commencement? 

The Office of Campus and Community Programs

Jackie Manser 330-490-7117  /  jmanser@walsh.edu

The Office of Academic Affairs

Denise Smith 330-490-7123  / dsmith@walsh.edu