Class of 2020 Commencement
Beginning with Mass at 10:00 a.m. on December 5, 2020

R.S.V.P. Due No Later than October 9th

Photo By Brian Tietz


Congratulations on your pending graduation. The faculty, administration, and staff are looking forward to recognizing and celebrating your accomplishments.

The commencement ceremony is a joyous occasion for you, your family and friends, 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.


  • Complete a graduation audit
  • Complete and submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of Academic Records by December 15, 2019. Applications received after December 15 will be subject to a $25 late fee.
  • 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

Graduation 2016

Graduation Photos

Gradlmages® is the official photographer for 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. Gradlmages® can be contacted at (800) 628-4509 or via email at

Registering with Grad!mages® 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.


Saturday, December 5 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Outdoors, University Mall (outside Tom and Selby Prince Building)

All graduates, families, and guests are welcome to attend. Academic regalia is required for this event. Tickets are not required and there is no ticket limit. R.S.V.P.s are due no later than October 9. Click HERE to R.S.V.P.

Graduates are to meet in the Tom and Selby Prince Building O’Bryan Performance Hall at 9:15 a.m. for robing, to form the procession line, and to receive their “stage” call card. No particular order will be observed for the procession. It is recommended that you do not bring valuables with you.

Families and guests can take their place at the Mall. Seating is “first come, first serve.” Mass and Commencement will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. The link will be available on the website ( the morning of the event.


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 9, 2020. This includes any outstanding charges, parking fines, library fines, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Student Billing at (239) 280-1673.

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 honor recognitions, a minimum of 64 credits, or 16 courses, must be taken while you are enrolled at Ave Maria University.

Cap and Gown Information

Academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel), as well as graduation announcements, can be purchased via the Herff Jones website ( Scroll down and select ‘Ave Maria University” and follow the instructions. ORDER DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 6, 2020.

Academic regalia will be shipped directly to your home.

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

Bring bobby pins to secure cap.

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


Saturday, December 5 ~ Immediately following Commencement
Outdoors, Bob Thomas Student Union

Tickets are required for the President’s Luncheon. Click Here to order your tickets.


Friday, December 4
Location Forthcoming

The Alumni Association is planning exciting events for the Class of 2020. Arrangements are being made for discounted hotel rooms to be available in Naples. Additional information will be forthcoming from Paula Shute (, Program Manager for Alumni Relations.