Commencement | Mount St. Joseph University
Students lined up for graduation.

Graduation. It's more than your last day here. It's a celebration of everything you did to get here and one step closer to a successful future.

May 2017 Commencement 

The Ninety-Ninth Commencement of Mount St. Joseph University will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in the Harrington Center.

The Ceremony for graduate/doctoral students will be held at 10 AM and the ceremony for traditional /nontraditional undergraduate students will be held at 2:30 PM.

Commencement Speakers

Morning Ceremony  -  10 AM    

Jim Scott, longtime Cincinnati radio personality, will address the students and receive an honorary degree. (More details to follow.)

Afternoon Ceremony  -  2:30 PM  

Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse, a public private partnership designed to build a tech-based economy in the Greater Cincinnati Region, will address the students and receive an honorary degree. (More details to follow.)

Graduation Details

Thursday, May 11, 2017: Students graduating at the 2:30 PM ceremony are required to attend practice at 1 PM in the Harrington Center.  Senior Send Off will immediately follow in the Harrington Food Court for ALL graduates. (Note: there is no practice for the 10 AM ceremony participants.)                

Friday, May 12, 2017: The Baccalaureate Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, May 12 at 6 PM in the Mater Dei Chapel.  All are welcome!  A reception will immediately follow.

Saturday, May 13, 2017: The Graduation ceremonies will be held in the Harrington Center at 10 AM and 2:30 PM.  Doors will open one hour before each ceremony.  This event is not open to the public.  Every guest must have a ticket, including small children who are held.  Graduates will line up in the Harrington Old Gym and should arrive one hour before each ceremony.


A Buffet Brunch is offered in the Fifth Third Dining Hall from 11AM – 1:30 PM.  Tickets are required and can be purchased until May 11, 2017.  Graduates are guests of the University.  Adults are $12, children ages 5-12 are $8, and children 4 and under eat free.

Stream It Live!

We will provide a live video stream of our graduation ceremonies for family and friends who cannot attend.  The following web addresses can be used for accessing the graduation video stream:

Graduation Ceremony at 10 AM (graduate and doctoral students) available for access at 9:55 AM

Graduation Ceremony at 2:30 PM (traditional and nontraditional students) available for access at 2:20 PM

If the above URLs do not work, try copying and pasting the link into your browser.


Special parking arrangements have been made for Saturday. Members of the Department of Public Safety and Division of Institutional Advancement request that everyone honor the following arrangements:

  • Parking behind the Harrington Center is reserved for honorees, special guests, board members, and guests with disabilities.
  • Others may park in the West Parking Lot. The first driveway to the West Lot will be closed, so everyone will need to access the lot from the second entrance, off Delhi Road near the Motherhouse.
  • Parking will also be available in the Parking Garage at the corner of Delhi and Neeb Roads.

Commencement is a wonderful celebration of the accomplishments of our graduates and special guests. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service, and social responsibility.