1. Graduation Day FAQs

Graduation Day FAQs

Is attendance at Graduation mandatory?

The administration, faculty and staff of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University strongly encourage all graduates to attend the ceremony as a way to celebrate this special achievement. If you choose not to attend the ceremony, you are still required to complete certain steps such as verifying your name and address with the Registrar and paying any outstanding fees with the Bursar’s office (i.e., the Graduation fee).

What do I need to bring with me on Graduation Day?

It is strongly suggested that graduates arrive at the River Center already dressed in their caps and gowns. Please leave all cameras, phones, and other devices at home or with someone else during the ceremony, as you will not be able to have anything in your hands or over your gown (such as purses). You will be allowed to wear a small purse under your gown. Remember, the River Center only allows clear bags!

Is there a rehearsal for the Graduation ceremony?

There is NO rehearsal for Graduation. This is one of the main reasons that graduating students are strongly encouraged to attend Graduation Prep Day. Also, please carefully review the Graduation Packet that you will receive at Prep Day (or by email if you do not attend), as it will contain many important details about Graduation Day.

When do I receive my cap and gown? When do I pay for them?

The cost of your cap, gown, tassel, and all other regalia items is included in your Graduation Fee (which is required of all graduates).

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For Spring 2020 Graduates ONLY: All graduates who indicate that they plan to attend December Graduation will have the option for the University to hold onto your regalia until the designated pick-up dates for the Fall 2020 Graduating class.

If you wish to attend December Graduation but would like your regalia shipped to you in the near future so that you can take pictures, please call the University main line to be directed to the appropriate office. If you choose this option, please note that it will be your responsibility to hold onto your regalia for safe keeping until the ceremony in December.

Note: If you choose not to attend December 2020 Graduation, you can still have your cap and gown shipped to you, as they are included in your Graduation fee. If interested, please contact the University main line at (225)768-1700 to be directed to the appropriate office.

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For All Other Graduates:
There will be designated dates for picking up your cap and gown about a month before the ceremony. Please continue monitoring your email as these dates will be sent to you at the beginning of your graduating semester.

Note: If you choose not to attend Graduation, you can still have your cap and gown shipped to you, as they are included in your Graduation fee. If interested, please contact the University main line at (225)768-1700 to be directed to the appropriate office.

What is the Graduation fee? How do I pay?

The Graduation fee is a requirement for all graduates whether or not they choose to attend the Commencement ceremony. It covers the cost of the degree audit, diploma, cap and gown, clinical pin (or pen if in a non-clinical program), and other Graduation-related costs. All students will receive a bill in the mail once the Graduation fee has been added to their accounts. Students can then pay the Graduation fee online through WebServices, mail a check, or pay in person at the Bursar's office. To access your WebServices account, log into myPortal and you will see the WebServices icon at the bottom of the screen.

For Spring 2020 Graduates: The Graduation Fee is due on Monday, May 11th.

If I am not planning to attend Graduation, am I required to pay the Graduation fee?

Yes, the Graduation fee is required of all graduating students, as it covers a variety of Graduation related costs such as the cap and gown, degree audit, diploma, clinical pin (or pen if in a non-clinical program), and other expenses.

When do I receive my diploma?

For Spring 2020 Graduates: All degrees will still be conferred on Saturday, May 16 (the date on which the ceremony was originally scheduled). All diplomas will be mailed to you following this date, or you can pick up on campus once we are open and fully operational. Note: You will NOT be able to pick up your diploma before Graduation. Also note that your diploma will be held if you have any outstanding fees with the University, i.e., the Graduation fee.

For All Other Graduates: If you attend Graduation, you will receive your diploma following the ceremony on that day. If you choose not to attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to you following Graduation, or you can pick it up on campus at a later date. Note: You will NOT be able to pick up your diploma before Graduation. Also note that your diploma will be held if you have any outstanding fees with the University, i.e., the Graduation fee.

Who do I contact to verify the name on my diploma or to make changes?

You should contact the Registrar’s Office to verify the name on your diploma and to make changes to your name and address. Click here to visit the Registrar’s web page, which includes their contact information.