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Information for Graduates

  • We are looking forward to celebrating this exciting milestone with you and recognizing your graduation and degree conferral at Gannon’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 4th, 2024.

    We have outlined various guidelines below in order for us to celebrate as safely as possible.  

    Attire & Regalia

    Academic attire will be worn for the ceremony.  If you did not pick up your cap and gown at Commencement Kickoff, please contact Megan Loibl in the registrar’s office at or via phone at 814-871-5649

    If possible, arrive dressed in your regalia.

    Please remember to wear comfortable shoes.  

    Do not bring personal items with you. Try to bring only what you can carry on you.

    Masks are optional.

    Arrival & Lineup

    • Undergraduate students should arrive at the Erie Insurance Arena by noon
    • Graduate students should arrive by 4:30 pm

    You will be placed in seating order and given an index card with your name and a number. Hold onto this card and carry it with you to the stage.  Your name will be read from this card when you cross the stage.


    Please remain in your seats until the ceremony is over out of respect for all graduating students.

    Special Needs

    Any graduate with special needs who requires arrangements for attendance or participation in Commencement events should contact The Registrar's Office at 814-871-5649 by April 15th.

    Display your Photos at Commencement

    Do you want to see your photos displayed during the Commencement ceremony? If so, please email us a photo of yourself or our friends that are graduating.  Send all photos to by April 26th and we will add them to our slideshow.


    Professional Photographers from Grad Images will be taking your pictures as you enter and exit the stage.  You will receive an email proof within a few weeks. 

    You can also view proofs on


    If you would like to purchase a video on a USB drive, you can fill out the form that was included with your commencement invitation or you can click here and fill out this form and return it to the Provost Office. 

    Name Announcement

    If you were not able to attend Commencement Kickoff, please make sure that you have contacted your Dean’s office to make sure that they have the correct pronunciation of your name.


    A livestream of the events will be provided for additional family members and friends that are unable to attend in-person.  Please visit: the day of the ceremony.


    There are no tickets needed for any of the Commencement events.


    Your diploma will be mailed AFTER the ceremony, once your college has communicated to the Registrar’s office that you have successfully completed your degree requirements (within 30 days of the Commencement Ceremony).

    The Registrar’s office will then issue your digital diploma through our diploma vendor, Parchment.  You will receive a text and email (to your Gannon account) from Parchment to verify your address.

      Please take the time now to verify that your phone number and address are correct in Gannon’s system to avoid delays in receiving your diploma: Address and Contact update forms.

      Transcripts are available upon request at no cost to graduates.  Please visit the Registrar’s office Registrar webpage to request transcripts or if you have any questions.