Commencement

2023 WINTER COMMENCEMENT – Saturday, December 9, 2023

 

The 2023-24 Winter Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Chapel, Francis Hall (FRH).

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

5:00 p.m.         Baccalaureate Mass – St. Francis Solanus Chapel (FRH)

  • Degree candidates are to wear their gowns (no caps, stoles or hoods) and sit with family. All are welcome!

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. University Bookstore hours

9:45 a.m.         Degree Candidates, Faculty and Cabinet line-up for Commencement Procession

  • Graduates: Francis Hall hallway by Registrar’s Office – FRH 130
  • Faculty: Francis Hall hallway by Admissions Office – FRH 111

10:30 a.m.       Commencement – Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

  • Francis Solanus Chapel (FRH)
    • No tickets are required for guests to enter the chapel, but seating is limited.
    • It is highly encouraged to bring no more than seven (7) guests.

Reception immediately follows the ceremony.

Live streaming of the ceremony will be available on QU’s Youtube Channel.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

2:00 p.m.         Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Pinning

  • The Crossing, 150 S. 48th St. (48th and Maine Sts.), Quincy, IL.

 

 COMMENCEMENT PARTICIPATION AND STUDENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS

  • Participation in the Commencement ceremony is dependent upon clearance by the University Registrar following a review of your academic record.
  • Degree candidates must have completed all graduation requirements in the fall semester to participate in Winter Commencement.
  • Degree candidates should have applied for graduation by October 15.
  • Degree candidates who apply after the October 15 deadline will be charged a late fee of $100.
  • All tuition, room, board, fees, interest, library fines, and parking tickets should be paid in full by November 15.
  • Exit Loan Counseling for degree candidates with student loans should be completed by November 15.
  • Diplomas will be mailed during the spring semester to each eligible graduate at the address provided on the graduation application. Diplomas are not distributed on stage.
  • Commencement is a formal ceremony. Any degree candidate impaired by drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to participate and may be removed from the premises.

 

SERVICE LEARNING HOURS

 Undergraduate degree candidates must have all Service Learning hours completed by Friday, December 1. For questions contact Sara Phillips, Experiential Learning Specialist, at phillsa@xlztys.com.

 

CAPS AND GOWNS

  • Academic apparel order information is submitted through the Graduation Application.
  • All caps and gowns will be available for pick up beginning at noon on Monday, December 4, in the Registrar’s Office during business hours. Pick up times are:

Monday                                   December 4                12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday               December 5 – 7          8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday                                      December 8                8:30 a.m. – 12::00 p.m.

 

TICKETS & HANDICAP ACCESS

Tickets are not required for guests to enter the St. Francis Chapel, but seating is limited. It is highly encouraged to bring no more than seven (7) guests.

Francis Hall and St. Francis Chapel are handicap accessible.  Look for the signs/ parking attendants on 18th Street between College Avenue and Elm Street to access the north entrance of Francis Hall.  Please contact Mary Betts at 217-228-5200 or bettsma@xlztys.com if you have a guest in a wheelchair or that needs accommodations.

 

GRADUATION WITH HONORS

 Prior to the Academic Year 2020-21, students who maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at 3.40 on all Quincy University courses completed for a baccalaureate degree are eligible for graduation with honors as follows:

Cum Laude                       3.40 to 3.54 GPA        –          Silver Cord

Magna Cum Laude           3.55 to 3.74 GPA        –          Gold Cord

Summa Cum Laude          3.75 to 4.00 GPA        –          Bonaventure Medal

Beginning in the Academic Year 2020-21, students who maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.60 on all Quincy University courses completed for a baccalaureate degree are eligible for graduation with honors as follows:

Cum Laude                       3.60 to 3.74 GPA        –          Silver Cord

Magna Cum Laude           3.75 to 3.89 GPA        –          Gold Cord

Summa Cum Laude          3.90 to 4.00 GPA        –          Bonaventure Medal

These honors distinctions will be noted on the student’s transcript and the diploma. All graduation requirements must be completed prior to Commencement for honors to be announced at Commencement.  Refer to the Academic Catalog, page 19, for more details.

 

HONOR CORDS AND STOLES

Honor cords are worn by those who graduate with University honors, as noted above. Cords are also worn by members of academic honor societies, the Honors Program and other approved organizations.

All undergraduates wear stoles that have the QU seal. Those who have completed degrees through Blessing-Reiman College of Nursing and Health Sciences will wear a stole with both the QU and BRCN seals. Undergraduates affiliated with a Greek organization that meets academic standards for membership may wear a stole representing a fraternity or sorority.

The stoles noted here are approved by the University and are the only ones allowed to be worn at Commencement.

 

PRESIDENT’S HONORS COLLEGE

The President’s Honors College promotes academic excellence through critical thinking, original research, exceptional writing, and public presentation of scholarship. Those students who have fulfilled the requirements of the Honors College will be announced at Commencement. Graduation from the Honors College will be noted on the undergraduate’s transcript.

The President’s Honors College began the Academic Year 2022-23 and grew out of the Honors Program.  Refer to the Academic Catalog, page 23, for more details.

 

LIFETOUCH SPECIAL EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Click here to order photos taken during the Commencement ceremony from Lifetouch Photography. For more information on Lifetouch Photography, click here.

 

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

To order announcements, click here and select “Quincy University” from the list, the graduation date (only one choice) and your degree.

 

DIPLOMA FRAMES

Diploma frames may be ordered from the University bookstore. Click here to order.

 

CLASS RINGS

Click here to order a class ring from the University Bookstore.

 

GRADUATION NEWS RELEASE

The Office of Community Relations (Francis Hall, Rm. B-37) will release a list of graduates to each student’s hometown newspaper.

If you wish to opt-out of this news release OR have your graduation announcement published to another hometown/community newspaper, please contact the Office of Community Relations at communityrelations@xlztys.com.

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

Some area hotels extend a special rate for families attending Commencement Weekend. Please make sure to mention QU Commencement when reserving rooms.

For a full listing of area accommodations, visit the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.seequincy.com.

 

Questions regarding Commencement can be directed to:

Registrar’s Office, 217-228-5432, ext. 3970,

email registrar@xlztys.com

or

Academic Affairs Office, 217-228-5432, ext. 3300,

email commencement@xlztys.com

 

 

2024 SPRING COMMENCEMENT – Saturday, May 11, 2024