Graduation


Welcome to the AMU Graduation page, and congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about our graduation ceremonies and related activities.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Senior Awards, 8:15 PM Bob Thomas Student Union Ballroom

Friday, May 6, 2016
Baccalaureate Mass, 5:00 PM Oratory
President’s Dinner, 6:30 PM, Bob Thomas Student Union Ballroom

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Commencement, 10:00 AM Golisano Field House

TRAVEL & LODGING Take a look at our Maps & Directions page HERE for detailed information on traveling to Ave Maria University.

Stay in a hotel near Ave Maria, and get a discount too! More information on our Hotels page HERE.

CANDIDATES

Congratulations on your pending graduation. The University hopes you will participate in all graduation activities as a way of celebrating your accomplishments!

The commencement ceremony is a joyous occasion for you, your friends and family, and for the University community as a whole. The conduct of the ceremony is governed by academic tradition, overall good manners, and state and local laws. Therefore, your cooperation is requested in creating an occasion which will appropriately highlight your academic achievements.

ELIGIBILITY

All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation. Your student account must be cleared with the university before graduation day, Saturday, May 7, 2016. This includes any outstanding charges, parking fines, library fines, etc. If you have any questions, please contact the Cashier.

Academic Honors

Ave Maria University awards degrees with honors for distinguished achievement according to the following system:

  • Cum Laude is earned with a cumulative GPA of from 3.6 to 3.749.
  • Magna cum laude is earned with a cumulative GPA of between 3.75 and 3.899.
  • Summa cum laude is earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 and above.

To graduate with these honors recognitions, a minimum of 64 credits, or 16 courses, must be taken while you are enrolled at Ave Maria University.

Honor cords for eligible graduates may be picked up in the Office of Academic Records after final grades are published and prior to the day of the ceremony.

CHECKLIST

  • Complete a graduation audit
  • Complete and submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of Academic Records
  • Meet all university requirements
  • Settle your student account
  • Verify your name and address. If you have any changes, please contact the Office of Academic Records
  • Conduct an exit interview with the Department Chair, if appropriate

DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS

Senior Awards
Sunday, April 24, 2016
8:15 p.m.

Student Union Ballroom
Graduation Rehearsal
Thursday, May 5, 2016
1:00 p.m.
Golisano Field House

Students are required to attend graduation rehearsal at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. This is the time when you can ask questions about the commencement ceremonies and related activities. You will be given important instructions to make the weekend as enjoyable as possible for you and your guests. If for some reason you cannot attend, you must contact the Dean of Students at (239) 280-2540, or the Dean of Faculty at (239) 280-2550.

Baccalaureate Mass
Friday, May 6, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Ave Maria Oratory

All graduates, their families and guests are welcome to attend.  Academic regalia is required for this event. 
Graduates are to meet in the Academic Building, 1st floor at 4:30 p.m. for robing and to form the processional line.  No particular order will be observed for the procession and seating. Ushers and staff will be on hand to assist with any last-minute cap and gown issues. It is recommended that you do not bring valuables with you.

Families and guests can take their place in the Oratory.

President’s Dinner
Friday, May 6, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Bob Thomas Student Union

  • This event requires advanced reservations and tickets.

The graduation dinner is open to all graduating seniors, their families and guests, and to all faculty members. Dinner will be served free of charge to graduating seniors and faculty. Families and guests are asked to make reservations and purchase tickets at the following rates:

    • Adults $25.00*
    • Children 6 to 15 Years Old $15.00*
    • 5 and under free

*Price subject to change

A letter will be sent to parents, including reservation form. RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 22.

Complete reservation form and send along with a check to:

Christy Dorer
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142

A ticket envelope under your family name will be available for pick up at the bookstore after May 2nd.
Cash bar of wine and beer will also be available.

Commencement
Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Tom Golisano Field House

This event requires advanced reservations and tickets (at no charge). Seating is limited and every effort will be made to accommodate all family members. Each graduate will be provided with a set number of tickets, and a waiting list is available for those needing additional tickets.

All graduates, their families and guests are welcome to attend.  Academic regalia is required for this event.

Graduates, faculty and stage party are to meet in the Golisano Field House at 9:15 p.m. for robing and to form the processional line. Graduates will line up alphabetically, undergraduates first, followed by M.T.S., and M.A. last. Ushers and staff will be on hand to assist with any last-minute cap and gown issues. It is recommended that you do not bring valuables with you. All candidates will be led to their assigned seats by aisle marshals. Faculty will be seated in reserved section stage right.

Families and guests can take their place in the gymnasium.
Every effort will be made to accommodate all families and guests in the gymnasium. If we reach capacity in the gymnasium, the ceremony will be live-streamed in the ballroom of the Bob Thomas Student Union.  Relatives and friends will also be able to view the ceremony live in their home on their own computers!

HONORARY DEGREES & COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

TBD

GRADUATION PHOTOS

GradImages® is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages® can be contacted at 800-628-4509 or via email at www.gradimages.comExternal link.

Registering with GradImages® provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Stop by the Mail Room in the Student Union to complete the GradImages® Address Card.

CAP & GOWN INFORMATION

Academic regalia (cap, gown and tassel) as well as graduation announcements can be purchased via the Herff Jones website (www.herffjones.com/college/graduation). Scroll down and select “Ave Maria University” and follow the instructions. ORDER DEADLINE IS March 18th.

Regalia distribution will be:
Week of April 25, 2016
Ave Maria University Bookstore

Note: If you plan to participate in the ceremony and have your own cap and gown (not purchased through the Bookstore) please notify the Bookstore. YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A TASSEL.

WOMEN
Bring bobby pins to secure cap.

MEN
Gowns are to be worn with a collared shirt and tie.

Ave Maria University is located east of Naples, FL.

Address:
5050 Ave Maria Boulevard, Ave Maria, FL 34142-9505
Visitor Center open M-F 9AM to 5PM   Sat 10AM to 4PM Sun 11AM to 4PM
Phone 239/280-2500

Coordinates:
Town Center – N 26 20.197   W 81 26.240
Entrance to Ave Maria from Oil Well Rd. – N 26 17.683   W 81 25.929

Use Google MapsExternal link to find more maps and directions to Ave Maria

 

BY PLANE:
Ave Maria is accessible by Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers, Florida or from Naples Municipal Airport. Private airports are also located in Immokalee and Marco Island.

By Car:
From Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

From I-75 take Exit 80 towards the North, and proceed 10 miles.  At Oil Well Road, make a left turn (towards the West) at the CITGO station and proceed 5 miles. The entrance to Ave Maria (Ave Maria Blvd) is on the right. The University’s Visitor Center is conveniently located in LaPiazza approximately 3 miles north of the entrance.

If you are on the West Coast of Florida
Proceed on Interstate-75 to Exit 111 (Immokalee Road) and proceed east 10 miles to Oil Well Road. Turn right and proceed 10 miles. The entrance to Ave Maria (Ave Maria Blvd) is on the left. The University’s Visitor Center is conveniently located in LaPiazza approximately 3 miles north of the entrance.

From Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW),
Exit the airport and follow the signs to I-75. Proceed south on I-75 to Exit 111 (Immokalee Road) and proceed east 10 miles to Oil Well Road. Turn right (east) onto Oil Well Road and proceed 10 miles.The entrance to Ave Maria (Ave Maria Blvd) is on the left. The University’s Visitor Center is conveniently located in LaPiazza approximately 3 miles north of the entrance.

From Naples Municipal Airport, take Airport Road north 8.3 miles to Immokalee Road, then turn east and travel 11.6 miles to Oil Well Road. Turn right and proceed 10 miles. Ave Maria is on the left.

Tampa – 175 miles

West Palm Beach – 150 miles

Miami – 125 miles

Fort Lauderdale – 110 miles

Fort Myers – 35 miles

Naples – 17 miles

Bonita Springs – 25 miles