•  Commencement

    We will celebrate the many achievements of our graduating students at Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm. at the Erie Insurance Arena.  The Commencement ceremony is the highlight of the semester for the University community, and we are looking forward to celebrating this wonderful event with you.  Please review carefully the information on this website in preparation for Commencement weekend and retain all information for reference as the event draws closer.

    It is a Gannon tradition that we personalize the Commencement ceremony by announcing the name of each graduate. Although this tradition takes time, the special recognition of each graduate symbolizes Gannon's commitment as a student-centered university. It communicates value and affection for each individual and family. Accordingly, graduates and members of the audience are asked to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony so that they do not interfere with the special moments of others.

    Professional photographers will be present to photograph each graduate. A video will also be available for purchase (order form included with invitation).To avoid congestion and to maintain decorum during the ceremony, friends and family members are asked to refrain from approaching the stage to take pictures. After the recessional, when all graduates have left the commencement area, graduates and their families are welcome to return to the stage to take pictures.  It should be noted that the Gannon monument alongside Old Main has become a very popular site for commencement pictures.

    Accessible seating accommodations are available.

    We look forward to celebrating Commencement with you. The entire Gannon community is grateful and proud that you have allowed us to be a part of your lives, and we wish you God's blessing for the future.

    Erie Insurance Arena Security Notice

    • All students, guests and faculty are subject to security screening as a condition of entry.
    • When going through the metal detectors at the entrance, please remove your phone, keys, electronic devices and large metal chains.
    • Bags and purses are subject to additional screening, slowing entry process. Bring only essential items.
    • Bottles, cans, flasks, noise makers, selfie sticks, weapons of any kind, dangerous and unlawful materials are prohibited.
    • Outside food and beverage is prohibited.
    • Additional items may be prohibited as requested by the University.
    • Call the Erie Insurance Arena at 814-453-7117 for additional information.

    Flowers and Commemorative Class Shirts

    Flowers and Commemorative Class Shirts will be available for purchase at the Commencement ceremony.  To pre-order and browse the selection, please visit:

  • Schedule of Events

    Tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony or for any other event. Seating for all of the activities is on a first come, first served basis. 

    Time Location Event
    Friday, May 4
    10:30 a.m.
    Schuster Theatre ROTC Commissioning
    Saturday, May 5
    10:00 a.m.
    St. Peter Cathedral
    West 10th and Sassafras Streets

    The Baccalaureate Mass is a celebration of the University Community. On this occasion we thank God for all that our graduates have accomplished. We ask for God’s continued guidance upon their futures. Graduates, families and friends are invited to this liturgy.

    Saturday, May 5
    11:00 a.m.     
    Yehl Alumni Room
    Waldron Campus Center
    Graduate Reception
    Saturday, May 5
    1:00 p.m.
    Erie Insurance Arena

    Assembly of Graduates 

    Saturday, May 5
    2:00 p.m.
    Erie Insurance Arena