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 2019-2020 has been rescheduled for April 24, 2021. Please see for more details.

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

To pre-order online and pick up your attire at GradFest, order by January 16th at 11:59pm CST to pick up at Bismarck Main Campus or Bismarck/Fargo Butler Center GradFest.

To pre-order online and have shipped, order by March 19th at 11:59pm CST.


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

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.

Fort Riley Commencement
May 27, 2021
Time: To be determined
Hilton Garden Inn/Convention Center
410 S 3rd Street
Manhattan, KS 66502

Please contact the coordinator for this site, Mary Byington for additional information at 785-784-2158 or [email protected].

Grand Forks 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been cancelled.

Please contact the coordinator of this site, Jeanine Garner LaFountain for further information at 701-355-5171 or [email protected].

Main Campus

Fargo Butler Center

Bismarck Butler Center