University of Mary Commencement
The University of Mary invites families and the general public to attend the annual Commencement Ceremony, which celebrates the individual achievements of our students. Held in April, Commencement is the culmination of all the hard work our students put in to receive their degrees.
Commencement 2022 will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the Bismarck Event Center. Additional information will be made available as the event nears.
Family, friends, and guests of our graduates are all warmly invited to the Graduation Celebration, sponsored by Student Government and the Alumni Association, after Commencement in the Lumen Vitae University Center on the main campus. Food and beverages are served with live music and gathering places are available both indoors and outdoors for safety and comfort.
As you are capturing the big day, please get social! Use the hashtags #UMaryGrad and #LifeatMary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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The University of Mary graduation plaque is symbolic of many things: it speaks of Christianity, of North Dakota, and of the Benedictine spirit. In the center of the plaque is set the University of Mary seal. In the seal, the letter “M” stands for Mary and marks the Christ-centered life of the university. It takes its form from Indian design, denoting the native culture of North Dakota. The two “hills” of the “M” are characteristic of the land on which the University of Mary stands, flat-topped prairie bluffs separated by coulees and valleys.
The simple, angular form of the plaque echoes the architectural design of the university. The cross planted between the hills symbolizes the bringing of new life to an age-old land – a message born on earth from the Creator of the earth, the mystery of the Incarnation proclaimed by the Church. The composition speaks simply of the Benedictine spirit and feeling for life, simplicity and truth, without being artificially modern, classy, or pictorial. In, of, and by itself, it is not a picture of any of these things and yet it reflects each of them.