Common Commencement Questions

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
10:00 a.m. – Baccalaureate
2:00 p.m. – Commencement

Baccalaureate - Physical Education Center (Reading Campus)
Commencement - Santander Arena (700 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601)

No additional fee for tickets or attire. All graduating students will be assessed a Graduation fee directly to their student account during their final semester. Account payments can be made online, myAlvernia, or in person - Office of Student Accounts (FH 200/201).

R.S.V.P. (Required whether walking or not):
All students must let us know whether or not they will be attending Baccalaureate and Commencement by Friday, April 24, 2015. Please log onto myAlvernia → Select “University Life” at the top of the page → Click on the first drop “Baccalaureate/Commencement” → Click on the box labeled “Click Here to R.S.V.P. for Commencement & Baccalaureate” at the bottom of the page

Cap & Gown:
All cap and gown orders will be filled at the Grad Finale Event- all sizes will be available – NO need to PRE-ORDER!

Grad Finale:
This is where you will pick up your cap & gown, tickets, as well as take care of any Alvernia business (i.e. billing/financial aid, etc.)

Dates of Grad Finale:
Reading Campus – Wednesday, April 29th – 2nd floor Student Center 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Philadelphia Campus – Monday, May 4th - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Schuylkill Campus – Tuesday, May 5th - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Each student will receive twelve (12) tickets. Additional tickets will be distributed after all Grad Finales are completed.

Graduation Survey:
Each student is asked to complete the graduation survey and bring a copy of the verification page to the Grad Finale event.

Link to Graduation Survey:
Follow instructions and when you reach the end, please print out the verification page that shows your name and thanks you for completing the survey. This is the sheet that you will bring to the Grad Finale in order to get your tickets.

Class Rings & Announcements:
Class rings and announcements will be available on-line through the bookstore at, or for purchase at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, April 29th.

You are notified by mail when your diploma is available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office. This typically takes about 6-8 weeks after completion of your courses.

Honors status is based on your cumulative grade point average as the end of Mod 3 for undergraduate students only. You are notified of this status and receive your honor cords at Honors Convocation. Please keep in mind that your honor status on your diploma and final transcripts is based on your final cumulative grade point average (after all spring grades are computed).

Academic Adornments:
Academic Adornment information
Current Approved Academic Adornments

More Information:
Feel free to contact Tracy Hine at or (610) 796-8211 with your Commencement questions. Thank you.


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