Commencement Ceremonies

Sunday May 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Erie Insurance Arena
809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

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Graduation FAQs

When is the graduation?

The commencement exercises for graduate and undergraduate candidates will be held on Sunday, May 12th, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the Erie Insurance Arena.

What is the time and location of graduation mass?

Graduation mass is being held Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Are tickets required for graduation?

No. Guests are seated on a first come, first served basis.

When can I pick-up my cap and gown? 

Students will receive an email (to their Mercyhurst email)  indicating when their cap and gown is ready for pick up. Place gown on a hanger immediately; if after several days there are still wrinkles, press it with a cool iron.

What about parking?

Parking is available at the Erie Insurance Arena Ramp on East 8th Street between French and Holland Streets. (parking fee - cash only). Handicap parking is available on the north side of the Arena.

Is handicap seating available?

Handicap seating is available for families attending commencement at the Erie Insurance Arena. Once inside someone will direct you to the handicapped seating area. Handicap parking is available in the northwest lot of the Arena. Questions regarding handicap accommodations may be addressed to Paul Joslin at

What time do the doors open for guests to be seated?

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m

What time do the graduates arrive for line-up?

The graduates must arrive by 1:00 p.m. for line-up and assistance with academic attire.

What can I bring inside the Erie Insurance Arena?

  • All patrons are subject to security screening asa condition of admission.
  • Bags & purses are subject to an additional screening slowing the entry process. Bring only essential items.
  • Bottles, cans, flasks, noise makers, selfie sticks, weapons of any kind, dangerous and unlawful materials are prohibited.
  • Outside food and beverage is prohibited.
  • Additional items may be prohibited as requested by teams, leagues, promoters or artists.

    Graduation Ceremony, Senior Academic Awards Dinner, or any items not listed below:

    Sharon Sisco, special events coordinator
    Phone: 814-824-2263

    Graduate Students
    The Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
    Phone: 814-824-3351

    Graduation eligibility or Academic Awards eligibility:

    Michele Wheaton, registrar
    Phone: 814-824-2086

    Questions concerning caps and gowns, or mailing of academic attire for students who are not on campus spring term:

    Haley Coletta, assistant manager, bookstore
    Phone: 814-824-2395

    Jim Coletta, administrative assistant, bookstore
    Phone: 814-824-2395

    Ashley McCartney, Associate Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct
    Phone: 814-824-3610

    Exceptions to the May 13th deadline to leave campus housing:
    (must be submitted by noon on Sunday April 29th)

    Lindsay Frank, director of alumni relations
    Phone: 814-824-2330

    Requests to have the commencement signed for the hearing impaired:

    Sharon Sisco, special events coordinator
    Phone: 814-824-2263

    Baccalaureate Masses or to arrange to have a member of the clergy concelebrate:

    The Rev. James Piszker, university chaplain
    Phone: 814-824-2467

    Student account balances:

    Student financial services
    Phone: 814-824-2288

    DVD/Video orders of Commencement Ceremony or photos taken that day: 

    Sharon Sisco, special events coordinator
    Phone: 814-824-2263

    Hometown news releases:

    Debbie Morton, associate director of public relations
    Phone: 814-824-2552

    Parking and handicap access information:

    Paul Joslin, lieutenant
    Phone: 814-824-3720

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