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Commencement 2016

President Hirsh, a caucasion woman, conferring a degree to an African American woman at Commencement

Rosemont’s 93rd Commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 7. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Connelly Green, weather permitting. Father Greg Boyle will address graduates of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, in addition to families, friends, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and community members.

 

All members of the graduating class of 2016 of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, who meet the criteria detailed below, are encouraged to make an application to be considered as a Student Commencement Speaker at the ceremony on a to be determined date.

 

 

Three student speakers, one representing each of Rosemont's schools, will be selected by a Committee composed of the President, the Vice President for Mission, the Academic Dean of the Undergraduate College, the Academic Dean of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Chair of the Commencement Committee.

 

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • At least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • All graduation requirements completed by May 2016
  • Good standing with the College (neither academic nor non-academic probation)
  • No "I" grade on transcript

                                               

Eligible candidates are required to submit a typed, 3-minute speech that focuses on the following theme, drawn from our mission statement:


Rosemont College values trust in and reverence for each person; cultural diversity; and justice with compassion

 

Along with her or his speech, each candidate is also required to submit a written faculty or facilitator recommendation.  No late submissions will be considered.

The Committee will rate all speeches anonymously. Criteria will be as follows: adherence to theme, originality, content, organization, and style.  If several speeches from each school receive high rankings, the final selection will be made on the basis of grade point average and service to the College. In early April, the Committee will notify the three students who are selected to serve as Commencement Speakers.


  1. Academic obligations:
    1. All 2016 degree candidates must have previously applied to graduate according to the published deadlines. Degree candidates must fulfill all academic requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalogue and the SGPS Handbooks as applicable. Students who do not meet the academic criteria will be ineligible to participate in the 2016 Commencement. To verify academic eligibility, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 610.527.0200 x2307.
  2. Financial obligations
    1. All financial obligations to Rosemont College must be met before Commencement. A student with outstanding debts will not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, and will not receive a diploma until the debt is settled. Financial status may be verified by contacting Student Accounts at 610.527.0200 ext. 2243

 

 10:30 a.m. 

Baccalaureate Mass: Immaculate Conception Chapel.

All members of the Rosemont community are invited to attend. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear their academic attire.

 

11:30 a.m.

Refreshments: Cardinal Hall

A buffet style lunch will be available for $10.00 on the day of Commencement from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Heffernan Hall. All are welcome to attend. Graduates and faculty are guests of the College.

 

12:30 p.m. 

Connelly Green opens for guest seating.

No reserved seating. No tickets are needed. A concession stand with snacks, water, and soda will be open prior to the Ceremony.

 

1:00 p.m.

All graduates check-in (Lobby)  and line-up, as follows:

Undergraduate College – Rotwitt Theater/McShain Lobby Front Half

School of Graduate Studies – Rotwitt Theater/McShain Lobby Back Half

School of Professional Studies – Rotwitt Theater Back Half

 

All faculty and platform party check-in and line-up, as follows:

All faculty – Immaculate Conception Chapel

Platform party/senior staff – Main Building

 

1:55 p.m. 

Outdoor procession begins.

The procession of graduates, led by the macebearer and color guard, will exit McShain Auditorium and proceed across the bridge. The procession will pass the pond and the rear of Connelly Hall and proceed to the porte cochere of Main Building. The procession will continue past the Immaculate Conception Chapel and Main Building and will enter Connelly Green. The faculty, senior staff, and the platform party will join the line of procession and enter Connelly Green.

 

2:00 p.m. 

Commencement Ceremony: Connelly Green

 

4:00 p.m. 

Reception: Alumni Circle

All graduates and their families are invited to attend this complimentary reception, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association of Rosemont College.  No tickets are needed. 

Please note: After the Ceremony, all graduates must pick up diplomas, and all award recipients must pick up awards in Cardinal Hall Raven’s Nest.

 

 

 

 

 

Inclement Weather Plan

 

10:30 a.m. 

Baccalaureate Mass: Immaculate Conception Chapel

All members of the Rosemont community are invited to attend. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear their academic attire.

 

11:30 a.m. 

Refreshments: Cardinal Hall

A buffet style lunch will be available for $10.00 on the day of Commencement from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Cardinal Hall. All are welcome to attend. Graduates and faculty are guests of the College.

  

12:30 p.m. 

Alumnae Hall opens for guest seating

Seats limited to 2 per graduate; tickets must be shown at door; no reserved seating.

 

1:00 p.m.

All graduates check-in and line-up in the Student Activities Center area of Alumnae Hall (lower level).

All faculty check-in and line-up in the Student Activities Center in Alumnae Hall (lower level).

All platform party members check-in and line-up in the Commuter Lounge in Alumnae Hall (lower level).

 

1:55 p.m. 

Indoor procession begins

The procession of graduates, led by the macebearer and color guard, begins in the lower level of Alumnae Hall and proceeds up the stairs to the upper level of Alumnae Hall and into the gymnasium. Faculty, senior staff, and the platform party join the procession in the lower level of Alumnae Hall and enter the gymnasium.

 

2:00 p.m.  

Commencement Ceremony: Alumnae Hall (upper level)

Simulcast: Rotwitt Theater

 

4:00 p.m. 

Reception: Cardinal Hall

All graduates and their families are invited to attend this complimentary reception, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association of Rosemont College.  No tickets are needed.

 

Please note: After the Ceremony, all graduates must pick up diplomas, and all award recipients must pick up awards in the Kistler Library.

 

  1. Directions to Campus:
  • http://www.rosemont.edu/about-us/directions/index.aspx