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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mercyhurst University students who would like to announce their graduation through their hometown newspapers can do so by completing an online template, printing it and sending directly to the newspaper(s) in your area. You can also download the template and send in an e-mail.
If you have questions about submitting your press release, call your local newspaper and ask for the News Desk to obtain the name of the person who handles college graduation announcements.
Photos and Video
A GradImages true photographer will take your picture as you exit the stage with your diploma.
Within about a week after graduation, you will receive a proof and a price list. You are under no obligation to purchase these photos; however, the GradImages photographer will be given access to the floor to capture each graduate for the families.
You can pre-register your e-mail address and GradImages will notify you when your photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Visit the Pre-Event Registration page and follow the directions.
Mercyhurst University has contracted with a professional videographer to capture your commencement on DVD. The two-hour DVD will feature the graduates receiving their diploma and the main speeches and awards.
The cost of the DVD is $40, which includes shipping and handling. All orders must be pre-paid and received by June 30, 2019.
DVDs and videotapes can be ordered by filling out the DVD Order Form
Flowers + Rings
Graduation Announcements and Class Rings
Mercyhurst University has Commencement Flowers, a specialty flower company, provide Bouquets of Roses and Commemorative Graduation T-Shirts available for sale at the Erie Insurance Arena. If families choose to purchase Flowers and Graduation T-Shirts for their graduate, they will be available in the lobby of the center for presentation after the ceremonies.
To pre-order your Flowers and Graduation T-Shirts, click here.
Mercyhurst University Service Honor Society
The Mercyhurst University Service Honor Society was established to honor graduating seniors who have exemplified the University's mission-centered commitment to "Service to Others" through a demonstration of:
* Significant and sustained service to the Mercyhurst University community and/or meaningful and mission-inspired service to the local community and/or larger world.
* Marked achievement in leadership
* Meritorious academic achievement
* Recognized integrity and commitment to excellence
To be eligible for consideration for induction into the Mercyhurst University Service Honor Society, a student must:
* Be a full-time undergraduate student
* Be a senior who has been certified to graduate in the current calendar year
* Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher by the beginning of the spring semester of the induction year
* Be recommended for induction through the completion of an official nomination form (students can be nominated by others or may nominate themselves)
* Complete and return by the designated deadline all materials requested by the Service Honor Society Selection Committee
Recommendations for induction will be made by the Service Honor Society Selection Committee to the President of the University, who will approve the final induction list. Only a limited number of graduating seniors will be inducted each year. Induction recommendations will be based on the quantity and quality of a student's record of service, the scope of the service activities relative to the student's overall profile, the range of service activities, and the resonance of the student's commitment to service with the Mission of Mercyhurst University and the service tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.
Graduating Seniors who are inducted into the Mercyhurst University Service Honor Society will wear the green Mercyhurst University Service Honor Cord at Commencement. Inductees will be honored during late Spring Semester.
Senior Dinner Dance
Friday, May 3, 2019
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie , PA 16507
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. - 10 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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-824-2330.
Class of 2019 Baccalaureate Mass
Sunday, May 12, 2019
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 p.m. with reception to follow in Cummings Art Gallery
Commencement Awards Convocation
Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
3:30 p.m. Reception to follow after in the Weber Hall Great Room of the Hammermill Library.
Carpe Diem Award:
This honor is the highest award presented by Mercyhurst University to a traditional-aged student. It is given in recognition of intellectual competency, personal integrity and, especially, leadership impact. It is presented to the outstanding graduating senior who had the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the university motto "Carpe Diem," to "Seize the Opportunity". The name and criteria for this award were established by the Sister of Mercy under the leadership of Mother Borgia Egan, the founding president of Mercyhurst University.
Bishops Award of Excellence:
This award is chosen by grade point average and overall academic record. The winner must have taken the majority of classes toward the degree requirement at Mercyhurst University, with the exception of study abroad or with a Mercyhurst-affiliated program. The Catholic Diocese of Erie sponsors this award. This award is presented at commencement.
Mother Borgia Egan Award:
This award recognizes the model honors student who fully embodies the spirit of a liberal arts education. He or she will have completed all the requirements of the Mercyhurst Honors Program and will possess the following qualities: academic and scholarly/professional accomplishments, community service and an appreciation of and participation in the cultural environment of the University.
Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Service Award:
This award is given to a traditional graduating senior who has given unselfishly of time, energy, loyalty and talent in the spirit of Sr. Carolyn Herrmann, who served as the University’s President from 1962 – 1970.
President’s Award for Excellence (traditional undergraduate):
Each of the five Schools at the University, under the direction and guidance of the respective School Dean, nominate three traditional seniors in their respective Schools. The criteria for selection are GPA and overall contribution to the respective School. The award is given to the student who is considered to be the top scholar in each respective School.
Frank Barry Leadership Award: This award is given to a traditional graduating senior who has exemplified superior student leadership and campus involvement during his/her time at Mercyhurst University. This award is named after Frank Barry, ’75, one of the first male student government presidents.
Alumni Recognition Award:
This traditional undergraduate award is presented to the graduating senior who has shown exceptional loyalty and strong ties to his/her alma mater, and whose undergraduate days have been filled with a visible love, spirit and involvement at “The Hurst.”
Catherine McAuley Adult Student Award:
This award is presented to an adult student in recognition of superior work, as well as personal and professional achievement. The non-traditional student who wins this award will be the student who has been judged to be the most outstanding adult student in the graduating class. The award is based on GPA, but also takes into account professional achievement, family responsibilities and other challenges that can face adult students.
President's Award for Adult Excellence:
Under the direction and guidance of the School Deans, each School nominates an adult student for this award. The criteria for selection are GPA and overall contribution to the University. The award is given to one adult student who is considered to be a top scholar at the University.
Senior-Scholar Athelete of the Year:
Eligibility criteria for the award is:
*Student must be a graduating senior/exhausted eligibility
*Selection will be based on academics (3.5 minimum gpa requirement), leadership, sportsmanship, community service
*Student must be significant athletic contributor on his or her athletic team
Dr.Barrett C. Walker Graduate Leadership Prize:
This prize is presented annually to the Organizational Leadership graduate who has demonstrated superior academic excellence and whose master's thesis or research based project is deemed to make the greatest contribution to the understanding of leadership in organizations as judged by the graduate Organizational Leadership faculty.
Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award:
Each of the five graduate Programs, under the direction and guidance of the Program Director, select the best graduate student in their respective Program for this award. The criteria for selection are GPA and overall contribution to the respective School.
Graduates can make sure they look their best at graduation (and in the photos and videos of the event) by following these guidelines.
- Wear a lightweight dress, either classic black or a color of your choice, or a skirt and blouse
- Make sure your dress or skirt isn’t longer than your academic gown
- Consider wearing a dress or skirt with a pocket
- Choose plain black flats or low heels like those you’d wear to a business interview. You will be walking a lot, including up and down metal stairs at Erie Insurance Arena, and they’ll be easier on your feet than higher heels
- Keep your jewelry simple
- Do not wear a suit jacket under academic attire
- Do not wear corsage on your robe
- Wear dark dress pants (black, gray or navy)
- Solid-colored long-sleeve shirt
- Dark dress shoes and dark socks
- Do not wear a suit coat under academic attire
Commencement Weekend Hours
Please review the hours of operation of important facilities and services during graduation week.
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Closed
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Police and Safety
Directions to Campus
Pittsburgh: I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (130 miles)
Buffalo: I-90 west to Erie, exit 27 (95 miles)
Cleveland: I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (95 miles)
Philadelphia: PA Turnpike or I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (394 miles)
New York City: I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (495 miles)
Boston: I-90 west to Erie, exit 27 (552 miles)
Long Island: Cross George Washington Bridge to I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (485 miles)
Exit 27 (State Street exit): Take Route 97 north for one mile to junction of Route 505. Veer right and continue on Route 97 north (Old French Road) to East 38th Street. Turn right, four blocks to Mercyhurst College.
Erie International Airport: Head east on Route 5 (West 12th Street) to State Street. Turn right (south) on State Street to East 38th Street. Left five blocks to Mercyhurst College (10 miles).
From Mercyhurst North East campus to Erie campus: Take I-90 west to Erie, exit 29 (Parade Street). Follow that to East 38th Street. Take a left onto East 38th Street. Mercyhurst College main gates will be on the left (17 miles).
Directions to Erie Insurance Arena
809 French Street, Erie PA 16501
From I-90 West. Take Exit 22B to merge onto I-79 North toward Erie for 6.0 miles. Take Exit 183A and turn right onto Route 5 (West 12th Street). Take left turn onto Peach street and then turn right onto West 8th street. Take the 2nd right turn onto French street.
From I-90 East. Take Exit 32 to merge onto Route 290 West. Continue on Route 290 West for 5.3 miles and turn left onto East 12th street. Take right turn onto Parade street and then turn left onto East 7th street. Take the 3rd left onto French street.
From Erie International Airport: Follow Route 5 (West 12th Street) east for 5.7 miles. Turn left onto Peach street and drive around 0.3 mile and turn right onto West 8th street. Take the 2nd right onto French street.
From Mercyhurst (approx. 3.4 miles): Turn left out of Mercyhurst’s front gates onto East 38th Street. Drive five blocks to State Street, turn right and continue downtown for 2.0 miles. Turn right on East 8th street and take the 1st right onto French street.
Entering the Erie Insurance Arena
Doors to the arena will be open at 12:30 p.m. Families and guests may use the main entrance.
Visit the Erie Insurance Arena website.
* Permanent walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the 8,000 seat Erie Insurance Arena to improve safety for all patrons. Please keep in mind the following;
· All patrons are subject to security screening as a condition of admission.
· Bags & purses are subject to additional screening slowing 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.
· Call 814-453-7117 for additional information.
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.
Graduation Ceremony, Senior Academic Awards Dinner, or any items not listed below:
Graduation eligibility or Academic Awards eligibility:
Questions concerning caps and gowns, or mailing of academic attire for students who are not on campus spring term:
Exceptions to the May 13th deadline to leave campus housing:
(must be submitted by noon on Sunday April 29th)
Requests to have the commencement signed for the hearing impaired:
Baccalaureate Masses or to arrange to have a member of the clergy concelebrate:
Student account balances:
DVD/Video orders of Commencement Ceremony or photos taken that day:
Hometown news releases:
Parking and handicap access information: