For the Graduate

  1. For the Graduate

A Message from the President

Congratulations! We are proud that you have reached this major milestone! We look forward to joyfully celebrating your academic accomplishments with you and your friends and family. Yes, we are very proud of all that you have achieved, but we celebrate especially because you have done so as a member of our Franciscan community. It has been a joy and a privilege for us to accompany you along your Franciscan educational and formational journey. We are confident that, as graduates, you have become highly skilled professionals, integrated thinkers and faith-filled leaders. May you continue to grow professionally, intellectually and spiritually as Franciscan servant leaders, and may you always be examples of our Franciscan core values of service, reverence and love for life, humility, justice and joy.

Blessings,

Dr. H.


Online Graduates

Online graduates should regularly check their franu email accounts for updated information. If you have additional questions, please call the University at (225) 768-1700 to be directed to the appropriate department or staff member.

Online students are also encouraged to attend Graduation Prep Day if at all possible.

Important Ceremony Details

Ceremony details will be provided once they are confirmed.


Dress and Decorum

Graduates will be issued a cap, gown, and tassel. All regalia pieces you receive are yours to keep.

It is strongly suggested that you wear all regalia to ensure you have all items. Extra/additional caps, gowns, or tassels will NOT be available.

Honor Graduates

BACHELOR DEGREE HONOR GRADUATES

Summa Cum Laude graduates will be awarded gold tassels and gold Honor’s cords to be worn with the gown. Magna Cum Laude graduates will be awarded gold tassels and gold and navy Honor’s cords to be worn with the gown. Cum Laude graduates will be awarded gold tassels. All gold tassels and Honor’s cords become the property of the graduate. Tassels and Honor’s cords will be awarded at check-in on Graduation Day.

Graduates in a Bachelor degree program can graduate:

Cum Laude – 3.5 to 3.74 Overall GPA

Magna Cum Laude – 3.75 to 3.89 Overall GPA

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 or greater Overall GPA

ASSOCIATE DEGREE HONOR GRADUATES

Highest Honor graduates will be awarded gold tassels and white and navy cords to be worn with the gown. Honor graduates will be awarded gold tassels. All gold tassels and white and navy Honor’s cords become the property of the graduate. Honor tassels and cords will be awarded at your school pinning and awards ceremony.

Tassels

Tassels should be worn on the right. During the ceremony, when the degrees are conferred by the President, you will be instructed to shift the tassel to the other side.

TASSEL COLORS
Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s DegreeBlue and Gold
Doctoral Degree (All entries shown below are part of the Doctoral Degree)Color by Discipline
- Nursing and Nurse AnesthesiaApricot
- Health AdministrationSalmon
- Arts and SciencesBlack
- Health ProfessionsGreen
Doctor's and Master's Hood - Color by Discipline
- Nursing and Nurse AnesthesiaApricot
- Health AdministrationSalmon
- Arts and SciencesBlack
- Health Professions Green
- Nutritional Science Dietetic InternshipGold
Master’s Hoods

All graduates completing a Master’s Degree will receive a hood. The hood will be awarded on stage at Graduation.

Doctoral Hoods

All graduates completing a Doctoral Degree will receive a hood. The hood will be awarded on stage at Graduation.


Dress Code

SUGGESTED MALE DRESS CODE

Male graduates should wear dress shirts with ties, dark dress pants and dark shoes.

SUGGESTED FEMALE DRESS CODE

Female graduates should wear skirts or dresses and neutral colored shoes (black, brown, tan, white, etc.). If you decide to wear pants, they should be dark. Please remember that you will be walking across stage so no excessively high heels should be worn. You will not be allowed to carry a purse of any sort or size onto the area floor. A small cross body style purse may be worn under your gown if necessary.

IMPORTANT DRESS/DECORUM REMINDERS

Under no circumstances are embellishments to the academic gown and/or cap permitted. You may be dismissed from the processional for inappropriate attire. In such instances, your diploma will be mailed to you.


Graduation Announcements and Photography

Personalized Graduation Announcements provided by Balfour.

Please use the link below to order Graduation announcements through Balfour’s website. A representative from Balfour will also be in attendance at Graduation Prep Day to assist with ordering announcements.

Professional Graduation Portraits provided by Lifetouch Photography.

On Graduation Day, Lifetouch Photography will take a picture of each graduate as you receive your diploma from the University President. In addition, an official portrait of each graduate will be taken in front of a green screen as you step off of the stage. The photographer will provide you with several background choices for this picture when your proofs are mailed to you at a later date. Proofs of the photographs taken on Graduation Day will be mailed to you directly from Lifetouch, which you will then have the option to purchase.

To view prices for photo packages, or to view photos from previous Commencements, please log into my Portal to access the Graduation Information page.