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) 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

Upon arrival to the River Center on Graduation Day, please remember to maintain social distancing between families/groups and abide by all social distancing floor markings. River Center and FranU staff will be positioned around the venue to guide you and your guests to the Graduation ceremony area.

Once you and your guests present your tickets for entry at the entrance doors, please make your way down the escalators (or use the elevators) to the lobby outside of the Exhibition Hall. Here, graduates should approach the Registrar’s check-in table where you will take a brief electronic Graduation survey (by scanning a QR code with your cell phone) and receive your name card. Only graduates are required to check in here. Your guests are welcome to wait for you or enter the Ex Hall to be seated.

Your name card will include your full name as it will be announced during the ceremony. Do not crumple, tear, or write on it. You are to keep this card and carry it with you during the ceremony. If you notice any mistakes on your name card, please notify the Registrar, who will be manning the check-in table, immediately. Graduate names 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.

Graduate and Guest Seating

Once you complete check-in with the Registrar, please enter the Exhibition Hall immediately to be seated. FranU staff will guide you and your family to your designated seats. We ask that once you are seated, please do not get up unless it is absolutely necessary. Copies of the Graduation program will be on your seats when you arrive.

Each graduate and his/her guests will be seated together in a pod of 6 chairs (1 chair for the graduate and 5 guest chairs). To clarify, all graduates will sit with their guests to make this event as safe as possible. These arrangements of chairs will be set-up prior to Graduation, therefore, no exchanging of tickets between students will be allowed. You can use as many or as few of your five tickets as you choose, but no one student will be permitted more than 5 guests.

Flow of Ceremony

When it is time for the awarding of diplomas, the socially distanced line will make its way through the Ex Hall to the stage. To clarify, only graduates will stand up to approach the stage. All family members should remain seated. Please follow instructions to maintain social distancing 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 left arm before you walk across stage. More specific hood instructions will be emailed to you the week of Graduation.

You will have a (socially distant) photo taken with the FranU President as you receive your diploma on stage (and are hooded, if applicable). Once you step off stage, you will take a photo in front of a green screen 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 blessing and closing message to conclude the ceremony after all students have received their diplomas and are seated, along with specific exit instructions. Please follow all directions to exit the venue promptly as there will be other ceremonies following your event.

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.