Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Commencement 2015


1 . When is the Commencement ceremony, where is it held, and when is it over?^

The Graduate Student Commencement ceremony (for those students who will be receiving a Masters or a PhD. degree) is always held on the Saturday of the Mother's Day Weekend and for this coming year it will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Graduates must be in the gym of The Charlotte Y. Martin Centre (this building is the west end of the overall sports complex) in their academic attire no later than 11:30 a.m. This is a good time for guests to arrive and take their seats in the McCarthey Center. The ceremony begins with an academic procession at 12 noon,  Ample seating is available, including disabled seating.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to the ceremony, and no tickets are needed for admission. We estimate that the ceremony will be over at 2 p.m., followed by a social held on the south lawn of The Martin Centre (or the Field House) to end at about 3:30 p.m.

2 . Is there a Baccalaureate Mass and who may attend?^

The Commencement Mass is for Seniors and Graduate students (every faith tradition is welcome) on Saturday, May 9, 2014, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.  It will begin at 4 p.m. and end at about 5:30 p.m.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish and tickets are not required for admission. Students wear their academic attire for the Mass and line up in the gym of The Martin Centre at 3:30 p.m.

3 . Do graduate students need to attend rehearsal and when and where is it held?^

I know that getting to the Gonzaga campus for a rehearsal a day or two before Commencement could be a hardship for some students - especially those off-campus students having to travel a great distance to get here. Please read the Rehearsal Information section which will give you detailed instructions of most things that you will need to know for Commencement.   You are welcome to attend the rehearsal on Friday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center.  Contact Angela Ruff if you have any questions.

4 . Is my name going to be announced properly as I cross the stage?^

Look for an opportunity to record the pronunciation of your name on a special website our readers will use as a reference in preparation for the ceremony.

5 . How do I order and obtain academic attire?^

Please order your cap and gown online from Graduate Services Northwest by March 1 in order to avoid late fees.  A campus distribution plan will be published in April for personal pickup.  You can have someone else pick up your attire if needed. 

6 . Are there professional photographs at Commencement?^

Family and friends may approach the stage and take pictures or a video; we ask everyone to be aware of other photographers and audience viewing. There will be a professional photographic team taking a formal picture of every graduate as well as a candid shot pn the stage.  Order forms will be sent to the graduate during the summer from Image Studios in Moscow, Idaho 208.882.5594. You are under no obligation to order the pictures.  A video of the ceremony will be offered for sale by a partner vendor.