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The University of Mount Union holds its annual Commencement ceremony in May at the close of each academic year. During the ceremony, both undergraduate and graduate students are awarded degrees. The following information provides additional details regarding Commencement and the other events surrounding this annual celebration. You are invited to view the University of Mount Union's 173rd Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies LIVE. The livestream of both events can be accessed here

  1. Commencement Schedule of Events

    Senior Salute
    Senior Salute, for undergraduate students, will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Seniors, please drop in at your convenience with your ID.

    SCHOLAR Day and Honors Convocation
    SCHOLAR Day and Honors Convocation will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). Seniors line up at 11:15 a.m. and wear their graduation cap with black tassel and graduation gown. SCHOLAR Day is an all day event.

    Graduate Picnic
    The Graduate Picnic will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at noon in the Kresge Dining Commons of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. This event is open to graduating seniors and faculty members.

    Commencement Rehearsal
    Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). Honors cords will be distributed at rehearsal. Attendance is required. Contact Mike Zwilling at if you are unable to attend.

    Graduate Send-Off
    Graduate Send-Off will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Bracy Hall. Music will be provided by the University of Mount Union Steel Drum Band. Seniors, their parents, and faculty members are invited to this casual event with champagne, cake, and music (ID is required for the champagne). 

    Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). Students line up at 10:15 a.m. in the gym. This is a student-organized worship service, and tickets are not required.

    Commencement Luncheon (optional)
    The Commencement Luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The cost is $14.50 per person. Advance reservations are required by May 10. Seating is assigned to accommodate the volume of guests attending. 

    Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). Students line up at 1 p.m. in the Timken Gymnasium. Generally allow 1-1/2 to 2 hours for the ceremony. In keeping with the academic significance of the Commencement ceremony, please refrain from posting signs, distributing literature or undertaking any activity including horns, whistles, bells or loud sounding objects that might interfere with the dignity of the program.

  2. Baccalaureate

    Our Baccalaureate service is an ecumenical celebration of the spirit of Mount Union. The service is an opportunity to give thanks for the diversity and wisdom we gain from one another and from those who have gone before us. Through music, readings, and reflections, we gather as a community to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class even as we would challenge them to claim a bold and bright future of fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

  3. Commencement Announcements and Thank You Cards

    The University Store is pleased to offer prospective graduates customized graduation announcements through Jostens, our online partner. The commemorative announcements are printed on white paper with two matching envelopes and feature the purple and silver raised foil University seal with University of Mount Union printed beneath the seal in purple. The announcement will be personalized with your name and degree. 

    The University of Mount Union “Thank You” notes may  be purchased from the University Store in packs of 10 for $9.99. The thank you notes coordinate well with the announcements available through Jostens. Graduation frames for your diploma are available for sale in the University Store as well.
    You may receive offers from other independent companies for announcements and graduation merchandise. Please be aware that the University of Mount Union and the University Store have no affiliation with these companies and are not familiar with their products.

  4. Diplomas

    While you will receive your diploma cover at the Commencement Ceremony, your actual diploma will be available for pick-up 2 weeks (May 20 - May 31) after Commencement in the Office of the Registrar (Beeghly Hall). Any diplomas that have not been picked up after the 2 week deadline will be mailed to your home address listed on Self Service. Please make sure your address is correct in Self-Service before Commencement.

    Additionally, if you have a financial hold on your account with the Office of the Business Affairs, you will not receive your diploma until your balance has been paid in full.

  5. Commencement Attire

    Graduates are required to wear their regalia for the Honors Convocation as well as for the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. You may pick up your complimentary academic regalia from the University Store at the Senior Salute on April 24. After that date, please stop by the University Store during regular store hours to pick up your regalia. Please wear the black tassel on your cap at the Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate, and wear the the colored tassel indicating your degree at Commencement. You do not have to wear your cap and gown to the rehearsal.

    For graduate students, caps and gowns may be picked up upon receiving notice from the University Store in the Hoover-Price Campus Center with ID. An email will be sent out when regalia is available.

  6. Graduating in Absentia

    We hope that each senior eligible for graduation will participate in the day's events. However, we realize that there are circumstances that prevent some of our graduates from participating. If you cannot attend the ceremony, we will mail your diploma to you. Please provide your current address to the Office of the Registrar at

  7. Honors Recognitions

    Students are recognized at graduation for superior academic achievement. Latin Honors recognition is signified by "honors cords" added to their academic regalia; honors cords are distributed by the Office of the University Registrar during the mandatory Commencement Rehearsal the Friday before Commencement.

     The following Latin Honors are based upon the grade point average achieved during the full college career at Mount Union. Grade point averages are based upon a 4.0 scale. Students achieving a grade point average of 3.899 or better are awarded their degrees summa cum laude signified by the gold honors cord, students achieving a grade point average of 3.750 to 3.899 are awarded their degrees magna cum laude signified by the silver honors cord, and students achieving a grade point average of 3.550 to 3.749 are awarded their degrees cum laude signified by the white honors cord.

     In addition, honors recognition is granted to students who show superior achievement in special honors programs. Students graduating with Honors in the Major will receive a red honors cord; students graduating with University Honors will receive a purple honors cord.

  8. Honors Insignia

    The University has a policy that allows members of certain honor societies to wear insignia at Commencement. If you are a member of an honor society, but are unsure as to whether this applies to you, please contact the faculty advisor of your organization.

    If you know that your organization qualifies, and you plan to wear your society's insignia, please note the following restrictions:

    • Cords, pins, ribbons, sashes, stoles, and medallions from approved honor societies, except those noted noted below, are acceptable.
    • The following are unacceptable: Single color cords in the same colors as University of Mount Union’s Honors (Latin honors cords are gold, silver, and white. Honors in a major are red. Honors in liberal arts are purple) and sashes, cords, pins, or other embellishments that are not from approved honor societies.
  9. Senior Class Gift

    Learn more about the Senior Class Gift.

  10. Tickets

    We issue each student a maximum of 8 tickets for the Commencement ceremony held inside of the Peterson Field House. The facility is handicap accessible. 

    For undergraduate students, Commencement tickets are available for pickup during Senior Salute on April 24 at the Office of Alumni Engagement table. Your signature is required.

    Graduate students will receive their Commencement tickets in their Commencement Folder, which is mailed home for graduates in online programs and delivered on campus for the remaining graduate programs by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

    Those who do not attend Senior Salute can pick up their ceremony tickets following Senior Salute through Commencement Rehearsal in the Office of Alumni Engagement on the first floor of Beeghly Hall weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call (330) 823-2030 with any questions.

  11. "Walking" at Commencement

    If a student is or will be within one course of completing all requirements for the degree at the time of the May Commencement, the student may apply to the registrar to be allowed to “walk” at Commencement. If approval is granted, the missing course must be taken at Mount Union or as an approved transient course in the summer immediately following that Commencement. The student must be registered for the course prior to Commencement. Students who participate in the May ceremony as “walkers” will not graduate until the August conferral date. During the period of time between completion of all requirements and the date the degree is awarded, students may request a Verification of Graduation Letter to be sent separately or to accompany a transcript.

    Please note: Latin Honors designations will not be listed in the Commencement program.

  12. Hometown Newspaper Releases

    Following Commencement, the Office of Marketing will send out news releases announcing each student’s accomplishment of graduating from the University of Mount Union. The news releases will be sent via Merit, a system that sends releases quickly and efficiently to students’ newspapers based on their geographic location (zip code).

    Students will be copied via email (Mount Union email address) on this news release. And, he or she can easily share it on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

    Please note that the Office of Marketing will send out a hometown news releases for each student (unless the student has chosen to decline this publicity effort), but that does not guarantee that the newspapers will print the releases. All material is printed at the discretion of the newspapers.

  13. Handicap Accessibility

    The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex facilities are handicap accessible. On the day of the event, there will be an area clearly marked for handicap parking and security will be directing traffic. It is also possible to pull up close to the area for drop off to the Peterson Field House. Shuttles and golf carts will be available throughout campus to assist guests as well.