Commencement Events Celebrate Class of 2019

    Members of Scranton’s Class of 2019 are getting ready for commencement exercises this weekend.
    May 21, 2019

    The University will host numerous events honoring its graduating class of 2019 on Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26.

    Friday evening events include a graduate award ceremony and reception for Panuska College of Professional Studies master and doctoral level candidates receiving outstanding graduate student awards. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall. At 5 p.m., the Kania School of Management will host a graduation reception for both undergraduate and graduate members of its class or 2019 in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall.

    Also on Friday evening, undergraduates will be recognized for academic achievement, leadership and service at Class Night, which begins at 8 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

    On Saturday at 8 a.m., the Physical Therapy Department will hold a graduation awards ceremony in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

    At 9:30 a.m., the University will conduct a pinning ceremony for nursing graduates in the Long Center. A reception for families and friends will follow.

    At 10:45 a.m., the commencement ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree candidates will take place in the Byron Recreation Complex. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception for master’s and doctoral degree recipients and their guests will be held on the Alumni Memorial Green.

    At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, ROTC Army cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a ceremony in the Houlihan McLean Center. A reception will follow.

    Saturday afternoon, a reception for Alumni Legacy graduates and their families will take place at 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Loyola Science Center. A photo of the Legacy graduates with their alumni parents and grandparents will take place at 2:45 p.m. The University will also host a reception for members of the Class of 2019 who have made long-term service commitments following graduation at 2:15 p.m. in the McDonnell Room of the DeNaples Center.

    At 4 p.m., the Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex.

    Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., a President’s Reception for graduates and parents will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex. Tickets are required to attend.

    On Sunday, the University will confer bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during its noon commencement ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Ph.D. ’93, G’93, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony. David and Ann Hawk of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and the Hawk Family Foundation; Rev. Matthew Ruhl, S.J., pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize; and Rev. Brendan Lally, S.J. ’70, rector of the Jesuit Community and chaplain at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, will also receive honorary degrees at the ceremony.

    The Mohegan Sun Arena has implemented a clear bag policy for brining items into the area. To assist with alleviating the time required to go through security checkpoints, please utilize the information Mohegan Sun has posted regarding this policy.

    The University will live video stream several of the commencement events. For additional information about the University’s 2019 commencement events, including live stream of events, visit

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