178th Annual Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:00 am

Cintas Center, Xavier University

Undergraduate Speaker

Ms. Lynn Marmer, Group Vice President Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Company

Information for Graduates

Actual diplomas are not distributed at the Commencement Ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed or available for pick up in the Registrar's office on June 15, 2016.

Degree recipients should arrive at the Cintas Center between 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 and enter the assembly area inside the Cintas Center at the west entrance marked Kohlhepp Family Auxiliary Gym. Guests should enter the main front entrance (south side) of the Cintas Center.

Each candidate should obtain a name card that indicates a row/position according to college and degree. After taking your position in the line of march, remain in place and keep your name card. The name card will be used for reading your name when you walk across the stage. Marshals will direct participants at appropriate times throughout the ceremony. No rehearsal is required.

Personal property should not be left in the assembly area. Xavier University cannot be responsible for missing articles.

The candidate seating diagram will be posted on the concourse of the Cintas Center the day of the commencement ceremony. The seating for candidates is arranged by degree within Honors Bachelor of Arts, Service Fellows, University Scholars, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Sciences and the Williams College of Business.

Undergraduates should return to and remain in their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.

We estimate the undergraduate ceremony to last approximately two to two-and-one-half hours.

Information for Guests

The ceremony will begin promptly at the appointed time.  Guests may enter the arena beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the Undergraduate ceremony  OR  1:30 p.m. for the Graduate ceremony.


Special Needs Seating

Xavier can normally accommodate all special needs seating at the commencement ceremonies, but they are handled on a first come, first served basis. Please remind your family and friends that arriving earlier is better.  Simply have your party state their need for accessible seating to one of the ushers and they will direct or escort your party to the best available seating that fits their needs.

If accessible parking is required, several lots in close proximity to the Cintas Center will have temporary 'EVENT HANDICAP' signage, including the Suite Reserved, Husman, CSB, C-5 and the lot behind Campus Police. Our parking attendants will direct your party to the best available spaces when they arrive.

Commencement AnneX

The Commencement AnneX, a special location for those with, small children, special needs, difficulty navigating the arena stairs or, those seeking a relaxed location for commencement, will be open on the 4th Floor of the Schiff family conference center in the Cintas Center. 

Guests will enjoy a simulcast of the ceremony on a big screen monitor so they'll not miss a moment of the Commencement exercises while enjoying the comfort and informal nature of the AnneX.

Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments along with children's games and activities.

While the AnneX is a great location for those with difficulty navigating the stairs, small children and special needs, any visitor is welcome. So, join us in this relaxed environment for Commencement visitors.