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Baccalaureate Mass and Conferring of Academic Hoods

Baccalaureate Mass is held on Commencement day (Friday, May 15, 2015)
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity in Merici Hall (In the Ursuline Educational Center Motherhouse)

All graduates are invited to attend with two guests. A shuttle service will be provided for graduates and guests who park in adjoining parking lots on campus. The Mass is preceded by the Conferring of Academic Hoods Ceremony.
  • Graduates need to arrive at Klyn Hall by 10:15 AM.
  • Graduates need to wear their graduation gown and hood (no caps).
  • Graduates may wear honor cords and academic medals if awarded by Ursuline College only.
  • Graduates will line up beginning at 10:30 AM. No specific order will be observed (students can march in with friends).
  • Leave all personal belongings with your guests (purse, phone, etc.)
  • Immediately following the Hooding Ceremony and Mass, all graduates will gather for a class picture – outside if weather permits, in Klyn Hall if weather is inclement.
  • Those who attend the Conferring of Academic Hoods are expected to remain for the Baccalaureate Mass.
Frequently asked questions:
What is the Baccalaureate Mass and Conferring of Academic Hoods Ceremony?
This is one of the more formal traditions at Ursuline College and it is observed prior to the Baccalaureate Mass. It celebrates the completion of the student’s academic program. During the Conferring of Academic Hoods, students receive their first piece of formal academic regalia indicating the institution from which they are graduating and the academic program they have successfully completed. All graduates, regardless of religious affiliation, are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Do I need to be Catholic to attend this ceremony?
Absolutely not. All are welcome and a program designed by the Office of Campus Ministry makes it very simple for non-Catholics to follow the Order of the Mass. 

Who attends the Baccalaureate Mass and Conferring of Academic Hoods ceremony?
In addition to the graduates and their guests, these celebrations are attended by those at the highest level of the institution plus members of the faculty and staff who march in academic procession. Graduates are hooded by the executive members of the College community, including the President.