Graduation & Commencement Overview

The University of Mary invites families and the general public to attend 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 graduation can take place. Please note: the Commencement Ceremony does not guarantee degree completion.

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:00pm CDT located at the Bismarck Event Center.

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].

Graduation Attire:

  • Attire is strictly academic. Please refrain from adding additional adornment.
  • All gowns and caps are black.
  • Master level graduates must have the appropriate master hood. The tassel is black.
  • Doctor level graduates must have the appropriate doctoral hood. The tassel is gold.

Ordering attire: For additional assistance, please contact Jostens customer service at 1-800-854-7464.

The final day to order online graduation attire for homeship purchases is March 22, 2019. Thursday, January 17th, 2019 is the deadline for guaranteed delivery to the Fargo Butler Center for spring GradFest pick-up. Sunday, January 20, 2019 is the deadline for guaranteed delivery to the Bismarck Butler Center and Main Campus spring GradFests.

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

Please note, the information above has been provided by the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors 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.

Fort Riley Commencement
Date: 
May 23, 2019
Time: 1:00pm
Location: TBD (to be determined)

Please contact the coordinator for this site, Mary Byington for additional information at [email protected].