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About Commencement

Baccalaureate Mass Postponed 

Graduates, families and friends gather the Friday before commencement for a special Mass celebrating the University motto To Light Through Love. The event includes a traditional candle lighting ceremony as part of a closing prayer and final blessing.

Graduates should meet at 9:40 a.m. in the chapel hallway and process as a graduating class into the chapel. Guests should go directly into the chapel and save a seat for graduates to sit with them.

No tickets are required. The Graduates Lunch and Awards Presentation will take place immediately following Mass.

Graduates’ Lunch and Awards Postponed

All graduates, families, friends, faculty, trustees and staff members are invited to celebrate and pay tribute to our graduates’ achievements at this awards luncheon.

There is no limit to the number of guests you can invite; however, reservations are required. Lunch is complimentary for the graduate, and the cost per guest is $14.

You will receive an invitation to the awards luncheon in the mail.

Commencement Postponed

The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m., so students must arrive no later than 9 a.m. at the check-in desk outside the Registrar's Office in the Zappala College Center. Students robe and line up in the Zappala College Center, and the procession to the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center begins exactly at 9:45 a.m.

Reception Postponed

A reception for graduates, their guests, faculty and administrators immediately follows the ceremony outside the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center.

Commencement Program

Names of graduating students will be published in the graduation program and any official press release unless the student has a submitted a FERPA form to the Registrar's Office to restrict release of directory information.

Students must ensure that their intention to release or restrict this information is received in the Registrar's Office by March 1. If you graduate with a FERPA hold in place, La Roche will be unable to provide verification of your enrollment or degree to future employers or others.


Your name on your diploma will appear exactly as it does on your graduation application. Diplomas are not distributed at commencement, but will be mailed to the address listed on your graduation application approximately four weeks following the final spring grade deadline.

Any student with financial holds will have their diploma held in the Registrar's Office until all financial obligations are met.

Only your degree will appear on your diploma. Your minor or major concentration will not appear.

Latin Honors

Latin honors are awarded to Baccalaureate degree candidates who meet cumulative grade point average requirements and a minimum of 45 credits in residence at La Roche University. The required GPA's follow:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 - 4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 - 3.89
  • Cum Laude: 3.50 - 3.74 

Purchase a diploma frame through the La Roche Bookstore.