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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.

  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.

    Senior Send-Off
    Senior 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.

    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.

    Baccalaureate/Commencement Luncheon (optional)
    The Baccalaureate/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. 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.

  2. Baccalaureate

    Mount Union’s practice is to have a Baccalaureate, and we try each year to incorporate a celebration of knowledge with our recognition of the value of our religious heritage as a United Methodist-related institution of higher education.

    We have on occasion included other religions in the service through poetry, a special reading or music that is appropriate, though the service is still primarily Christian. This is an accurate reflection of our student religious preferences which are heavily Catholic and Protestant. As our numbers of students of differing religious traditions continues to grow, it will be an exciting opportunity to create an experience that reflects our overall culture.

    Faculty members are required to attend Baccalaureate and Commencement and graduating seniors and their families are strongly encouraged to attend as well. Student leaders are invited to lead parts of the service and they work hard each year to create a service with meaning for all who 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. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.
  8. Senior Class Gift

    Learn more about the Senior Class Gift.

  9. Tickets

    We issue each student a maximum of 10 tickets for the Commencement ceremony that is held inside of the Peterson Field House. The facility is handicap accessible. 

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

    Graduating seniors 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.

  10. "Walking" at Commencement

    If a student is or will be within one course of completing all requirements for the bachelor’s 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.

  11. 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.