Commencement Ceremonies

Sunday May 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Erie Insurance Arena
809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

Erie native Christine Spadafor will be the 2019 Commencement speaker.

For information about North East graduation ceremonies, click here

Graduation FAQs

When is the graduation?

The commencement exercises for graduate and undergraduate candidates will be held on Sunday, May 12th, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the Erie Insurance Arena.

What is the time and location of graduation mass?

Graduation mass is being held Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Are tickets required for graduation?

No. Guests are seated on a first come, first served basis.

When can I pick-up my cap and gown? 

Students will receive an email (to their Mercyhurst email)  indicating when their cap and gown is ready for pick up. Place gown on a hanger immediately; if after several days there are still wrinkles, press it with a cool iron.

What about parking?

Parking is available at the Erie Insurance Arena Ramp on East 8th Street between French and Holland Streets. (parking fee is $5, cash only). Handicap parking is available on the north side of the Arena.

Is handicap seating available?

Handicap seating is available for families attending commencement at the Erie Insurance Arena. Once inside someone will direct you to the handicapped seating area. Handicap parking is available in the northwest lot of the Arena. Questions regarding handicap accommodations may be addressed to Paul Joslin at

What time do the doors open for guests to be seated?

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

What time do the graduates arrive for line-up?

The graduates must arrive by 1 p.m. for line-up and assistance with academic attire.

What can I bring inside the Erie Insurance Arena?

  • All patrons are subject to security screening asa condition of admission.
  • Bags & purses are subject to an additional screening slowing the entry process. Bring only essential items.
  • Bottles, cans, flasks, noise makers, selfie sticks, weapons of any kind, dangerous and unlawful materials are prohibited.
  • Outside food and beverage is prohibited.
  • Additional items may be prohibited as requested by teams, leagues, promoters or artists.