Undergraduate Ceremony


  • The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9 a.m. in the Cintas Center.  
  • Undergraduate students from all colleges attend the same ceremony.
  • The ceremony is live-streamed for degree recipients who elect not to attend in person and for family and friends.
  • Degree recipients who attend in person will have their name announced and will cross the stage with their diploma.


In order to attend Commencement, all degree recipients must submit their application for graduation no later than Friday, March 25. 

Guests are not ticketed.  Guests should enter the main (south) entrance of the Cintas Center.  


Degree recipients are encouraged to record the proper pronunciation of their name via Name Coach.  Information about this process is sent to degree recipients via email.  Recordings should be submitted no later than Friday, April 29 to allow name readers proper time to prepare for the ceremony.


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 Student Athlete Academic Center.

Each candidate should obtain a name card that indicates a row/position according to degree. After taking your position in the line, candidates should 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 seating for candidates is arranged by degree within Honors Bachelor of Arts, University Scholars, Community Engaged Fellows, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, 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 ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours.


The undergraduate commencement speaker is Mark J. Godsey, Esq.  Mr. Godsey is the Director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Justice and a law professor at the University of Cincinnati.


All attendees are expected to perform a health self-check prior to attending.


Actual diplomas are not distributed at the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed from the Registrar's Office to the student address on file in Banner Self-Service in mid-July.  


Each ceremony is live-streamed for students who elect not to attend in person and for family and friends.