Graduation & Commencement Overview

The University of Mary invites families and the general public to attend the annual Commencement Ceremony, which celebrates the individual achievements of our students.

Graduation is the day the degree is conferred by the Registrar. All students must fulfill all university, school, and departmental requirements before degree conferral can take place. Please note: participation in the Commencement Ceremony does not guarantee degree completion.

Commencement 2022 will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Bismarck Event Center. Additional information will be made available as the event nears.

All Graduating Students:

Application Information:

  • The University of Mary holds one yearly commencement at the end of the spring term. Graduating students include fall, spring, or summer applicants of current school term.
  • Diploma applications must be submitted to Office of the Registrar no later than April 1 to ensure the applicants name is included for university graduation publications.
  • Late applicants will be welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony, but the name cannot be added to the university graduation publications.
  • The application orders the diploma and reserves a chair at commencement, if attending.
  • All students must fulfill all academic requirements, and financial obligations, which includes the graduation processing fee. The fee is charged to a student’s account when registering for the applicable exit survey as undergraduate, master,  or doctoral.
  • Contact [email protected] for changes in participation, and with any changes to mailing addresses.
  • The diploma package will be mailed after the degree has been conferred and all financial obligations have been met. Students who do not attend the ceremony will also receive the university plaque and a copy of the commencement program.
  • Extra diploma copies or replacements can be purchased. Contact [email protected].

Please review the participation in commencement academic attire policy:

Ordering Attire:

Students are responsible for purchasing their own academic attire. The deadline for ordering academic attire online and having it shipped is March 24, 2022.

Visit the Jostens Graduation Store for graduation caps and gowns, class rings, graduation announcements, diploma frames, and more.

Jostens will also be present at the Bismarck Event Center the day of Commencement to assist with any last-minute purchases.

Please note, the attached information has been provided by the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Rates and vacancies are not guaranteed by the University of Mary and are subject to change. See hotel websites for most up-to-date pricing information prior to booking.