GRADUATION 2019

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 pjoslin@mercyhurst.edu

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.

    Commencement Weekend Hours

    Please review the hours of operation of important facilities and services during graduation week.

    Student Union

    Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Closed

    Bookstore

    Friday, May 11, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 13, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Police and Safety

    24/7
    814-824-2304

    Directions to Campus

    From:

    Pittsburgh: I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (130 miles)
    Buffalo: I-90 west to Erie, exit 27 (95 miles)
    Cleveland: I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (95 miles)
    Philadelphia: PA Turnpike or I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (394 miles)
    New York City: I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (495 miles)
    Boston: I-90 west to Erie, exit 27 (552 miles)
    Long Island: Cross George Washington Bridge to I-80 west to I-79 north to I-90 east to Erie, exit 27 (485 miles)

    Exit 27 (State Street exit): Take Route 97 north for one mile to junction of Route 505. Veer right and continue on Route 97 north (Old French Road) to East 38th Street. Turn right, four blocks to Mercyhurst College.

    Erie International Airport: Head east on Route 5 (West 12th Street) to State Street. Turn right (south) on State Street to East 38th Street. Left five blocks to Mercyhurst College (10 miles).

    From Mercyhurst North East campus to Erie campus: Take I-90 west to Erie, exit 29 (Parade Street). Follow that to East 38th Street. Take a left onto East 38th Street. Mercyhurst College main gates will be on the left (17 miles).

    Directions to Erie Insurance Arena

    809 French Street, Erie PA 16501

    From I-90 West. Take Exit 22B to merge onto I-79 North toward Erie for 6.0 miles. Take Exit 183A and turn right onto Route 5 (West 12th Street). Take left turn onto Peach street and then turn right onto West 8th street. Take the 2nd right turn onto French street. 

    From I-90 East. Take Exit 32 to merge onto Route 290 West. Continue on Route 290 West for 5.3 miles and turn left onto East 12th street. Take right turn onto Parade street and then turn left onto East 7th street. Take the 3rd left onto French street. 

    From Erie International Airport: Follow Route 5 (West 12th Street) east for 5.7 miles. Turn left onto Peach street and drive around 0.3 mile and turn right onto West 8th street. Take the 2nd right onto French street. 

    From Mercyhurst (approx. 3.4 miles): Turn left out of Mercyhurst’s front gates onto East 38th Street. Drive five blocks to State Street, turn right and continue downtown for 2.0 miles. Turn right on East 8th street and take the 1st right onto French street. 

    Entering the Erie Insurance Arena

    Doors to the arena will be open at 12:30 p.m. Families and guests may use the main entrance.

    Visit the Erie Insurance Arena website

    * Permanent walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the 8,000 seat Erie Insurance Arena to improve safety for all patrons. Please keep in mind the following;

    ·    All patrons are subject to security screening as a condition of admission.

    ·    Bags & purses are subject to additional screening slowing 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.

    ·    Call 814-453-7117 for additional information.

    Parking Information

    Parking is available at the Erie Insurance Arena ramp on East 8th street between French and Holland streets (parking fee is $5, cash only). Handicap parking is available on the north side of the Arena.

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