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    Graduation FAQs

    We get a lot of questions about graduation and the commencement ceremony, and answers to the most frequently asked questions are below.

    These pertain to the May and December graduation ceremonies.  There is no ceremony in August.

    What time is the graduation ceremony?

    May Graduate/Doctoral Ceremony: Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

    May Undergraduate Ceremony: Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

    December Graduate/Doctoral/Undergraduate: Saturday at 9:45 a.m.

    What time do the arena doors open for graduation?

    May ceremony

    • Undergraduate – doors open at 8:30 a.m.
    • Graduate/Doctoral – doors open at 11:30 a.m.

    December ceremony – doors open at 8:30 a.m.

    What time do graduates need to be at the arena for graduation?

    45 minutes before the ceremony. 

    Are tickets needed for the graduation ceremony?

    No. Guest seating at graduation is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    How long does the ceremony last?

    May ceremony

    • Undergraduate – ceremony will last approximately 3 hours.
    • Graduate/Doctoral – ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    December ceremony – ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    What if I am a graduating student needing special accommodations for myself?

    Graduates requiring special accommodations need to contact the Graduation Office with their request no later than two weeks prior to the ceremony to ensure adequate processing time. Please email to make arrangements.

    Is there seating for handicapped guests?

    Yes.  Six areas of entry-level seating are available on a first come, first served basis. 

    When is rehearsal?

    There is no rehearsal. Graduates will be placed in their correct walking order prior to the start of the ceremony.

    Where do I get my cap and gown?

    Caps and gowns should be picked up during the Graduation Fair. May Graduation Fair is held over two days in March, December Graduation Fair is held one day in October. For additional information, please see Ordering your Cap and Gown

    What color of hood will I receive?

    Hood Colors can be found here

    Will I have a picture taken at graduation?

    Yes.  GradImages is our official graduation photographer.  They will contact graduates with information on purchasing photos.

    Who do I tell that I am not attending my graduation ceremony?

    Graduates not attending the ceremony should email no later than two weeks prior to the ceremony.   Student ID number should be included in the email.  The diploma will be mailed with all the others, approximately four weeks after graduation.  And, yes, payment of the graduation charge is still required.

    What is the Baccalaureate Mass?

    At the University of Dayton, this is a Catholic Mass celebrated to honor the graduates.  Candidates for graduation, their families, guests and the University community are invited to attend.  Attendance is not mandatory.

    If I do not attend the ceremony do I still have to pay the graduation charge?

    Yes. The graduation charge is for graduating graduate and doctoral students, only. 

    When do I get my diploma?

    Diplomas will be mailed to the address that the candidate provided on their graduation application, approximately four weeks after graduation. A request to pick up the diploma may be made by sending an email to  Please provide name, student ID number and a contact phone number or email address with the request.

    * Doctoral students will receive the diploma at the ceremony. 

    When do I get my transcript?

    Official transcripts, with final degrees posted, will be available approximately four weeks after graduation.  Requests for official transcripts must be submitted in writing by the student to the Flyers Student Services Office.  This can be done in person, by mail or via the registrar web site.

    Why is the date on my diploma different than the date I participated in the graduation ceremony (May ceremony - undergraduate only)?

    All degrees are conferred on Saturday, the day after the term ends.  Due to the large number of graduates in the Spring, formal ceremonies must be held over a two-day period. Undergraduates graduating in May officially graduate on Saturday, but participate in their ceremony on Sunday.

    How do I get my yearbook?

    Undergraduate students graduating in December, May or August will be mailed a yearbook the following October.

    If you have any other questions regarding graduation, please call Flyers Student Services at (937) 229-4141 or 1-800-259-8864.

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    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1601