Commencement / Graduation: May 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:00 AM
2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA

Date:   Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time:   11:00 a.m.

Archbishop Joseph KurtzCommencement Speaker
The Most Reverend Joseph Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, and President of the American Bishop’s Conference will receive an honorary degree and offer the address at the graduation ceremony.  Bishop Kurtz is a native of the Lehigh Valley and an early member of the Board of Trustees of the then Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales.  

Length of Ceremony:  Approximately 1.5 hours

Location:
Commencement will be held on the campus mall, behind Dooling Hall.  In the event of rain, commencement will be held in Billera Hall.

The location will be announced on the University’s website at www.desales.edu and on the University’s main telephone number at 610.282.1100 by Wednesday evening, May 18.

Baccalaureate Mass
The graduation weekend begins with a Baccalaureate Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20.  All are welcome at Baccalaureate and tickets are not required.  Mass will be held at the same location as graduation.

Announcements
Graduates will receive 10 announcements.  Additional personalized announcements can be ordered at college.jostens.com.

Guest Seating
Graduates will receive 4 tickets, which will only be needed if commencement is held indoors due to inclement weather.  If the ceremony is held outside, tickets are not necessary and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.  Guests are also welcome to bring lawn chairs, which can be placed in shaded areas.  If commencement is held in Billera Hall due to the weather, guests with tickets will be seated on the recreational courts of the gym.  Guests without tickets are welcome to sit on bleachers in the wood basketball court and watch the ceremony on closed circuit television.  

Dinner Dance
Graduates and their families are invited to attend “The Class of 2016 Dinner Dance” hosted by our President, Fr. Bernie O’Connor, in the DeSales University Center immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening.  A buffet dinner, open bar, and music are provided from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.  Reservations are required.  If you need additional information, please contact Mary in the President’s office at 610.282.1100, extension 2030.

Photos
There will be a professional photographer at the ceremony who will take a picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma.  A few weeks after the ceremony, the photographer will contact the graduates with information about ordering photographs. 

Housing
The University makes available complimentary rooms for graduating seniors and their families for Friday evening, May 20.  Families and students are housed together in the same alcohol-free residence halls.  Housing is not made available for graduates without family members.  DSU security personnel will be making continual checks of the residence hall that evening.  Campus Police can also be contacted at extension 1250.  If you are interested in staying on campus, please contact Mr. Jonathan Osborne, at 610.282.1100, extension 1425. 

Parking
If the ceremonies are outside, you will be directed to one of the many parking areas that surround the mall area of the campus, where shuttles will be available.  Dooling Hall parking lot will be used for handicapped parking.  In the event of rain, the ceremonies will be moved indoors and the following plan will be in effect:  (1) for the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening, please park in the parking areas adjacent to Billera Hall; (2) and for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, you will be directed to one of the parking areas on the main campus.  Shuttle service will be available from all parking areas to Billera Hall and parking lots at Billera Hall will be used for handicapped parking.

Contact parking.authority@desales.edu for any parking questions.