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Commencement 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

More details will be added to this page as they become available.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 17

  • 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Room Check-In
    Donahue Hall
    Room check-in for traditional day students who are staying on campus. Families and students will be housed together in the same alcohol-free residence hall. Parents of the graduates have been sent the room reservation form. Rooms must be reserved by the parents. No student-only reservations will be accepted.
  • 6:00 p.m. - Students Assemble
    Dooling Hall*

    Students assemble for Procession of Graduates. (Please wear cap and gown.)
  • 6:30 p.m. - Baccalaureate Mass
    Intramural Field, Behind Tocik and Conmy Halls*
  • 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dinner Dance
    DeSales University Center
    Advance Purchase/Registration Required
    desales.edu/seniordinnerdance

The Campus Store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast
    DeSales University Center
    Continental breakfast will be available for parents and students.
  • 10:15 a.m. - Assemble for Graduation
    Dooling Hall*
    Graduates assemble for academic procession by major. Students receiving Master’s and B.A. degrees line up in the M.S.I.S. hallway on the second floor. Students receiving B.S. and B.S.N. degrees line up in the Career Development hallway on the first floor. (Please wear cap and gown.)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony
    Intramural Field, Behind Tocik and Conmy Halls*
    The Commencement Ceremony will be live-streamed on the University’s Facebook page
  • 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. - Outdoor Reception
    Campus Mall
    Light refreshments will be served (if Commencement is held indoors, the reception will be held under the tent next to Billera Hall).

The Campus Store will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*If it’s necessary to move the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies indoors, these events will be held in Billera Hall and the graduates will assemble in the wood basketball courts of Billera Hall.

DeSales Graduation

"The beginning of good things is good; the progress, better; the end, best." - St. Francis de Sales (T II 19)

Guests’ Guide to Commencement

  • Lodging

    On Campus Rooms

    DeSales provides on-campus residence hall rooms at no charge for commencement weekend. Beds are extra-long twin mattresses and rooms include pillows and soap. You can bring your own linens, or we can arrange for linen service for $20 per set. Each linen packet includes two sheets, two towels, one washcloth, one pillowcase and one blanket. 

    Preferred Pricing in Area Hotels

  • 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. 
    • 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. 
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  • Dinner Dance For Graduates and Guests

    Please join us Friday night before graduation for the Class of 2019 Dinner Dance. This event is for graduates and guests.

    • Friday, May 17, 
    • 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    • DeSales University Center 
    • 7:30 p.m. Cocktails
    • 8:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner
    • $40 per person
    • Jacket and Tie Recommended
    • Dance to the music by DJ Nick Luchko
    • Please register and Pay Online by May 3, 2019

    Register now for the Class of 2019 Dinner Dance

    NOTE: NO REGISTRATIONS OR PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR. 

    Questions? Call the Alumni Office at 610.282.4604

Student Commencement Countdown

  • Step #1 – Pick Up Commencement Package

    Pick Up Commencement Package

    Wednesday, April 24 
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Hurd Room, DeSales University Center

    Stop by any time throughout the day to pick up your cap and gown*, and announcements. Graduates will receive 10 announcements; additional personalized announcements can be ordered at college.jostens.com

    The following tables will be there to provide graduation information:

    • Alumni
    • Balfour (Class Rings)
    • Campus Store
    • Career Development
    • Senior Gift
    • Graduate Offices
    • Student Affairs
    • Senior Week
    • Registrar
    • Yearbook

    Tickets: The package includes 4 reserved seat tickets for commencement, which will only be required if commencement is held indoors due to inclement weather. If the ceremony is outside, tickets are not necessary and seating will be first-come, first-served. Guests are also welcome to bring lawn chairs, which can be placed in shaded areas.

    If commencement is held in Billera Hall because of rain, guests with tickets will be seated on the recreational courts of the gym. Guests without tickets are welcome to sit in the wood basketball courts and watch the ceremony on closed circuit television.

    EVENING PICKUP: The information tables will end at 4:00 p.m., but cap and gown and tickets can be picked up that night in the campus store until 8:00 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your package on April 24, please stop by the campus store after April 25 during normal business hours:

    • Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    *Graduates don't need to be measured for caps and gowns.

  • Step #2 — Commencement Clearance

    Please be aware that to be cleared to graduate, you must satisfy all obligations to the University. The following must be completed by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019:

    • Business Office 
      Second floor - Dooling Hall
      Payment of any outstanding balances.
    • Financial Aid Office
      First floor - Dooling Hall
      Where appropriate, completion of exit interview.
    • Library
      Return of all books and payment of any outstanding fines.
    • Alumni Office
      Fill out the Graduate Information Form at desales.edu/gradinfo
  • Step #2.a – Senior Week Events

    For Senior Week event information and registration, please email the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership at seal@desales.edu.

    Thank you!

  • Step #3 — Attend Baccalaureate & Commencement

    Baccalaureate: Friday, May 17, 2019
    Commencement: 
    Saturday, May 18, 2019

    See schedules on this page. You’ll be directed to one of the many parking areas that surround the campus and shuttles will be available.

    The following parking lots will be used for handicapped parking: Conmy/Tocik Halls if graduation is held outside, or Billera Hall if graduation is held inside.

    PLEASE NOTE: If it’s necessary to move the Baccalaureate ceremony indoors because of inclement weather, both ceremonies—Baccalaureate and Commencement—will be held in Billera Hall and graduates will assemble in Billera Hall. 

    DeSales University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about physical access provided, please email Commencement.2019@desales.edu at least two weeks before the commencement to allow the University to provide reasonable accommodations.

Forms and Documents

disco ball (Adobe Spark image)

Class of 2019 Dinner Dance

Friday, May 17, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. • DeSales University Center. 

For graduates and guests. Register and pay by May 3, 2019. 
See "Guests' Guide to Commencement" for details.

 

Register and Pay Online