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.


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) 526-1700 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

All Spring 2022 Graduates are invited to attend Graduation on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in the Raising Cane’s River Exhibition Hall (275 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802). The Graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. All graduates should arrive, in full regalia, no later than 9 a.m. We do not anticipate the ceremony lasting longer than 2 hours. If you have lunch plans, please allow time for exiting the River Center and parking garage.

We plan to LIVESTREAM Graduation on FranU’s Facebook page. More information will be emailed in the coming weeks so that you can inform those family and friends who will not be in attendance.

All attendees will be required to observe and follow any/all River Center social distancing procedures that may take effect between now and Graduation Day. Based on current guidelines, masks are OPTIONAL for all attendees. However, please keep in mind that the River Center follows state guidelines BUT we must also abide by all FranU guidelines. For example, if FranU is once again requiring masks indoors on campus at the time of Graduation, we will require them at the River Center. Any changes to this policy will be communicated to you via email prior to Graduation.

Guests and Ticket Information

Graduation will enforce an “admission by ticket only” policy, meaning, all graduates and guests must present a ticket to enter. Due to space limitations, each graduate will be permitted ten (10) guests. Should there be further restrictions on gathering, the number of allowed guests may be decreased. Should this happen, we will notify you as soon as possible.

Note: your number of guests includes children…each counts as a guest and must have a ticket to enter. The only exception is that children under one (1) year old do not need a ticket.

As guest seating will not be assigned, students may give any of his or her extra guest tickets to a fellow graduate who may want to invite more guests.

If you need additional guest tickets for Graduation or Pinning, please coordinate with a classmate who has extras, OR, if you need our assistance in obtaining tickets from a fellow graduate, submit your request using the link sent to you via email. The President’s Office will contact all who submitted requests once the distribution dates begin and will try our best to fill your requests as completely as possible.

If you do not plan to use all of your guest tickets for Graduation or Pinning, please bring any extras back to the President’s Office by Monday, May 2 by 5 p.m., or give them to a fellow graduate that you know is in search of additional tickets. All tickets returned to the President’s Office will be re-distributed to graduates who have submitted requests.

You will receive your Graduation tickets when you pick up your cap and gown on the designated regalia pick-up days (April 11 and 12). It is YOUR responsibility to keep track of your tickets and distribute them to your guests prior to Graduation.

If unable to pick up your tickets/regalia on these dates, please contact the President’s Office to arrange an alternate date. We’ll also have a Will-Call station at Graduation for students coming in from out of town or those who choose to pick up your tickets there.

Student Instructions upon Arrival

After presenting your tickets at the entrance, all graduates should proceed to the student holding room (on the same floor as the entrances) to check-in with the Registrar, receive line-up instructions and your name card, and take a brief electronic Graduation survey (via scanning a QR code with your phone).

Your name card will include your full name as it will be announced during the ceremony. If you notice any mistakes on your card, please notify the Registrar immediately. Do not crumple, tear, or write on it. Please keep this card and carry it with you during the ceremony (and when you approach the stage). The names of graduates are read from the cards of those in attendance rather than from a list of all graduates. You may receive a colored card with your name card. Please keep this one as well. Further instructions will be given to you once you are approaching the stage.

It is extremely important that once you check-in with the Registrar that you stay in the vicinity of the holding rooms at all times. Thirty (30) minutes prior to the ceremony, all students will be gathered into the holding rooms for the final time to begin line-up for the procession. IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE STUDENT HOLDING ROOM AT THIS TIME, you risk not being able to process/sit with your classmates.

Guest Instructions and Seating

After presenting their tickets at the venue entrance, your guests should immediately make their way downstairs to the Ex Hall using the escalators or elevators. Guests should NOT linger upstairs near the student holding rooms.

Once your guests arrive downstairs, FranU staff will show them to their seats. Your guests will be seated in the family section behind the student and faculty sections. Please inform your guests that once seated, they should not get up unless it is absolutely necessary. Copies of the Graduation program will be on their seats as they arrive.

Graduate Seating

Once you complete check-in with the Registrar and enter the student holding room, you will wait here to line up to process into the Ex Hall. Please follow all instructions carefully during line-up, the processional, and once you enter the Ex Hall. Once seated, please do not get up unless it is absolutely necessary. Copies of the Graduation program will be on your seats when you arrive. All graduates will sit by program: Doctorate students at the front, then Master’s, then Undergraduates by school.

Flow of Ceremony

When it is time for the awarding of diplomas, you and your classmates will be prompted to make your way to the stage. All guests should remain seated. Please follow instructions to maintain your place in line while approaching the stage. As your name is announced, you’ll walk across the stage to receive your diploma (and be hooded, if applicable). If you are a Master’s or Doctoral graduate, staff will assist you in draping your hood over your arm before walking across stage. More specific hood instructions will be emailed to you the week of Graduation.

You will have a photo taken with the FranU President and a member of the Board of Trustees as you receive your diploma (and are hooded, if applicable). Once you step off stage, you will take a photo in front of a backdrop and receive gifts from the Alumni Association and Campus Ministry before returning to your seat. Again, please observe and follow all staff directions.

There will be a closing prayer and exit instructions to conclude the ceremony after all students have received their diplomas. Please follow directions to exit promptly.

Important Notes

Please come to Graduation dressed in full regalia (cap/gown/tassel) to ensure that you have all items. Extra caps/gowns/tassels will NOT be available. It is YOUR responsibility to remember to wear any Honors cords/tassels, etc. given to you at your Pinning and Awards Ceremony. All regalia pieces you receive are yours to keep.

FranU and/or the Raising Cane’s River Center are not responsible for your personal belongings. Please give them to family and friends prior to the start of the ceremony.

Ceremony Etiquette

Please remember that while Graduation is an important and exciting celebration, it is still an academic ceremony of dignity. Your families are encouraged to recognize you when you receive your diplomas. Their enthusiasm is warranted; however, the use of air horns/artificial noisemakers is inappropriate.


Guests may bring cameras; however, students will be asked to give all cameras/phones to your loved ones prior to the ceremony. Please note that students are not allowed to have anything in your hands or over gown, e.g., a purse.

Barclell Studio will take a photo of you as you receive your diploma and are hooded (if applicable) on stage. Once you exit the stage, they’ll take an individual portrait of you with your diploma in front of a backdrop. You can pre-purchase photos using the form attached. They will also post all proofs to their website after Graduation, and a link will be emailed to you so that you can order from there. All pictures that you order will be mailed to you from Barclell. Questions? Please call (225)791-1951 or email them at

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


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


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 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.

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
- Physical TherapyTeal
- Nutritional SciencesGold
Master’s Hoods

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

Doctoral Hoods

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

Dress Code


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


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 as well as up and down stairs 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.


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.