Commencement Ceremonies

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

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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 - 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 1:00 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.

    Senior Dinner Dance

    Friday, May 3, 2019
    5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Bayfront Convention Center
    1 Sassafras Pier
    Erie , PA 16507

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
    7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dancing

    The Senior Student Dinner Dance is a semi-formal evening of dinner and dancing with friends and fellow seniors. All seniors will receive an email in March requesting that all senior students complete an online registration form in order to attend the event. If tickets are still available, guest tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis once the online registration is closed. This event is closed to the public and the number of tickets is limited. Transportation will be provided by Mercyhurst Student Government. For more information, contact Lucy Knappenberger at

    Registration will open soon. Seniors will receive an invitation by email.

    All graduating seniors will have received an e-mail detailing these events and instructions on how to RSVP. If you believe you should have received this e-mail and did not, please contact Lucy at MSG Events.

    Senior Gift Presentation 

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    Location: Mercy Heritage Room
    2 p.m.

    New Alumni Welcome Reception

    Saturday, May 11, 2019
    6 - 8 p.m.
    Weber Hall Great Room and Catherine Walker Reading Room of the Hammermill Library

    All graduating students will be invited via email and are welcome to bring up to two guests with them. This reception is semi-formal and is held to welcome all graduating students as new alumni of Mercyhurst University.
    Parents/families may check this page to find whether their student has completed the registration.
    Questions? Please contact Lindsay Frank at or 814-824-2330.

    Class of 2019 Baccalaureate Mass

    Sunday, May 12, 2019
    9:30 a.m.
    Christ the King Chapel

    ROTC Commissioning Ceremony and Reception (by invitation only)

    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
    4:00 p.m. with reception to follow in Cummings Art Gallery

    Commencement Awards Convocation (by invitation only)

    Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
    4:00 p.m. Reception to follow after in the Weber Hall Great Room of the Hammermill Library.

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