Trustees’, President’s and Deans' medals are presented as the University’s highest honors, as are tassels and stoles for all honor graduates. The Franciscan Student Award is presented to a student in each program who has most espoused the Franciscan Values. Program awards are also presented to those who have excelled academically or clinically.
All graduates completing a Master's or Doctoral degree will receive a hood at the Pinning Ceremony, but should not wear it until officially hooded on stage on Graduation Day. All graduates will carry their hoods on their arms in the processional at Graduation. Specific instructions will be given to you upon arrival. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the student to bring the hood to the River Center on Graduation Day.
All candidates for graduation receive the blessing of hands by a representative of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady or a Campus Minister.
Please note that the Pinning and Awards Ceremony is an official University event and attendance is expected of all graduates. Invitations with the location, time and date of the ceremony are mailed to each candidate’s home address.
The event is attended by candidates for graduation, their families and friends, as well as administrators, faculty and professional staff. It is traditionally held in a Catholic Church or chapel, and church-appropriate attire is requested. It’s not only a celebration of accomplishments, but an occasion to introduce family and friends to your University family.
*All Spring 2020 Graduates are invited to attend the December 2020 Pinning & Award Ceremonies