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Commencement 2020

Important Dates for Commencement 2020 include:

  • Commencement  - May 16, 2020, 11AM-1PM
  • Baccalaureate - May 15, 2020, 6:30PM
  • Senior Dinner Dance - May 15, 2020, 7:30PM
  • Senior Send Off - April 22, 2020, 8:30AM-4PM


Thank you to everybody who came out to the 2019 Commencement Ceremony. It was a great day to be a Bulldog!


“We made it!” Congratulations, Class of 2019!

by Janelle Hill May 18, 2019

Hundreds of people packed the campus mall to celebrate the Class of 2019 during DeSales University’s 51st commencement ceremony.

“Congratulations, Class of 2019! We made it,” said Gabriellia Nunez Becker, class president, as she welcomed students and their families to campus. “Today, we recognize and celebrate our achievements that we have accomplished over the last four years.” 

Nunez Becker congratulated and thanked Father James J. Greenfield, OSFS ’84, president of DeSales, for always taking the time to listen and get to know students. She also encouraged her fellow graduates to take hold of their lives and live them to the fullest.  

“Our four years here at DeSales taught us not only how to navigate campus but also how to navigate life. DeSales has supplied us with all of the tools we need to live our lives fully.” 

Gabriellia Nunez Becker '19, class president

Father Greenfield shared messages of wisdom from faculty members and asked graduates to stand and thank their parents before conferring the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters on Paul Meiklejohn ’69, a member of the first graduating class of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, and the commencement speaker. 

“Fifty years ago, I recall sitting approximately where you’re sitting today,” said Meiklejohn, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle, Washington. “While there have been many changes over the last 50 years, the important things haven’t changed. The Salesian spirit that permeated this institution in 1969 has only been strengthened.”

Meiklejohn gave graduates several pieces of advice: to be confident in the educational and spiritual preparation they’ve received at DeSales, to pursue their wildest dreams, and to have gratitude and appreciate what they have. 

“My hope is that you leave this University confident that you can compete in your careers with the best of those from other schools; that you pursue your dreams with persistence, yet at the same time with openness to what fate or what God’s will might bring.”

Paul Meiklejohn ’69, J.D., L.H.D

Fr. Greenfield then conferred degrees upon the 463 graduating students, including undergraduates, graduates, and ACCESS students. An additional 156 students, who have either already received their degrees or who will be receiving them in the next several months, also were recognized. 

Brother Daniel P. Wisniewski, OSFS, provost, presented the Provincial Medal of Honor, which is awarded to the graduate who best exemplifies the spirit of St. Francis de Sales, to Sarah Knop; the President’s Medal, which is awarded to the graduate who has attained intellectual maturity, to Brendan Graham; and the Provost’s Faculty Excellence Award, a new award for excellence in scholarship and professional growth, to Dr. Stephen Myers.  


Full Commencement Livestream

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. 

    Area Hotels

  • Guest Seating

    Tickets to the commencement ceremony are not necessary and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Guests are also welcome to bring lawn chairs.

  • Place an Ad in the Yearbook

    What better way to honor your student than with an ad in the yearbook? Creating your ad is easy, and can be done from anywhere with our online ad builder. Here’s how to create the perfect message for your son or daughter or your squad:


  • 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


    Questions? Call the Alumni Office at 610.282.4604

  • Commencement Speaker: Paul Meiklejohn '69

    Paul is a member of the first graduating class of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales.  His degree was in Chemistry and he went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Inorganic Chemistry from Georgetown University and a law degree from the Washington College of Law (American University) in Washington, D.C.

    Paul is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle, Washington where he litigates cases involving intellectual property (patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and trade secret misappropriation).  For almost the last two decades, Paul has taught a course in patent infringement litigation at the University of Washington Law School.

    Paul is married and has four children and six grandchildren.

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*, tickets, and announcements. Graduates will receive 10 announcements; additional personalized announcements can be ordered at

    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
  • Step #2.a – Senior Week Events

    For Senior Week event information and registration, please email the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership at

    Thank you!

  • Step #3 — Attend Baccalaureate & Commencement

    Baccalaureate: Friday, May 17, 2019
    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: The Baccalaureate ceremony has been moved indoors because of inclement weather. It will be held in Billera Hall on the Wood Court. Commencement will still be held outdoors on the intramural field behind Conmy/Tocik Halls. 

    Handicapped Parking:
    The Conmy and Tocik parking lots will be used for handicapped parking at Commencement. Handicapped parking is available at Billera Hall for Baccalaureate.

    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 at least two weeks before the commencement to allow the University to provide reasonable accommodations.

  • Baccalaureate Dress & Seating

    Baccalaureate will be held in Billera Hall on the Wood Court. Seniors are to sit with their families and should wear full academic attire.  

    Full academic attire is required for Commencement.

    Campus Ministry will reserve seating for those students (and their families) who are involved in the Mass as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers.

  • Special Note about the 2019 Tassel Drops

    The tassel drops (attached to the tassel) with the DeSales University seal logo were unfortunately manufactured incorrectly with the misspelling of the University’s town name, Center Valley.  Due to the lead-time to produce these items, Jostens is unable to replace all of the tassel drops in time for your 2019 commencement. 

    That being said, Jostens will produce a replacement tassel drop for any Graduate who would like to have us do so and send to the University Campus store or direct to the Graduate’s address.  We will also produce a small inventory of corrected drops to be available at the bookstore.

    On behalf of Jostens I’d like to personally apologize for the incorrect tassel drops delivered and the inconvenience incurred.  We are taking steps with our plant to understand what had occurred during manufacturing and making the necessary adjustments to the tooling to ensure this does not happen again in the future.

    If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me direct. Again my apologies and thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

    Greg Flanagan,
    Jostens Account Executive

  • Policy RE Commencement Honor Cords

    It is university policy that honor cords are only for students who have been inducted into honor societies.  Cords associated with honor societies are given out at honor society inductions; therefore, students are not to purchase any separate cords.  Latin honors (summa cum laude/magna cum laude/cum laude) are not designated by any cords; however, they are noted in the Commencement program. 

Forms and Documents

Graduation Messages from Staff, Faculty, and Students

"The beginning of good things is good; the progress, better; the end, best."

- St. Francis de Sales (T II 19)