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  • 2021 Graduates

    We will celebrate the many achievements of our graduating students at Commencement on Saturday, May 8, 2021 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 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).

    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.

    Pre-order Flowers or Commencement T-Shirts


    Due to state and local COVID restrictions, graduates will walk in a designated session with their peers. Graduates are only permitted to attend their designated session.

    Time Location Event
    Saturday, May 8, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Erie Insurance Arena

    Graduate and Doctoral students, all colleges
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    Saturday, May 8, 2021
    2 p.m.
    Erie Insurance Arena

    College of Engineering and Business, undergraduate, College of Humanities, Education  and Social Sciences, undergraduate
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    Saturday, May 8, 2021
    6 p.m.
    Erie Insurance Arena Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, undergraduate
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    Sunday, May 9, 2021
    10 a.m.
    Erie Insurance Arena Baccalaureate Mass (By Reservation Only)

    Mask Mandate

    In accordance with CDC recommendations, masks must be worn throughout the ceremony by both participants and guests.

    Guest Policy

    Due to state and local COVID-19 restrictions, each graduate is permitted two guests to attend the ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass in-person to celebrate this exciting milestone. Guest tickets will be provided at regalia pickup and must be shown upon entering the venue to attend Baccalaureate Mass and/or commencement.


    A livestream of the events will be provided for additional family members and those unable to attend in-person. Photo Submission Do you have any photos of you or your friends that are graduating in May? If so, please share them with us to display on the screens during Commencement. Photos can be emailed to