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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Commencement

All names highlighted in yellow on the LIST OF GRADS SIGNED UP are on the list to participate in commencement on Saturday.  If your name is NOT highlighted, then you are NOT signed up and you cannot walk.  Don't see your name?  CONTACT ME TODAY!  Do you want to participate but didn't sign up?  CONTACT ME TODAY at 570-662-4881 or

List of Grads signed Up
Honor Students
Requirements for Honors Recognition

Click here for REHEARSAL NOTES

The attachment outlines what we will cover in rehearsal on Friday, May 8th.  Please review!

Commencement on May 9th will be held outside
 at Van Norman Field!

For all our grads and guests, the weather forecast is 86 degrees on Saturday.  There is no shade in the stadium so if you are sensitive to the sun, please bring an umbrella to shield you from the sun, wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.  The concession stand will be open and water and soda will be available for purchase.

REMINDER:  Rehearsal for graduates is Friday at 1pm at the field.

Commencement will begin at 10:00 am (sharp) and should last approximately 2 hours.  MU Alumni and the Foundation are hosting a reception following the ceremony.  Great opportunity for photos with family, faculty, friends and the President!  Please be sure to stop by!






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Rehearsal, ceremony information, tickets, etc.  Everything you need to know about graduation!



General Information:

Date:  Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Time:  Start Time - 10:00 a.m. (when the first graduates enter Van Norman Stadium). Reception to follow.

Robing Time for Grads: 8:30 a.m. in DECKER, FIRST FLOOR

Line Up:  9:15 a.m.

Anticipated Number of Students Participating in Commencement:  376

Anticipated Number of Guests:  3500-4000 

REHEARSAL:  All grads are expected to attend rehearsal on Friday, May 8th.  Rehearsal will be from 1:00pm - 2:00pm at Van Norman Field.  You do not need to bring your attire.


Graduation and Commencement:  Not the same thing

Graduation refers to actually receiving a degree once a student has been certified by the University as having met all degree requirements.  You must complete an Application for Graduation online via WebAdvisor no later than one year prior to the anticipated graduation.  If you're not sure you completed an Application for Graduation you must contact the Registrar's Office at 570-662-4201.

Commencement is a ceremony.  It is an opportunity for students, families, friends, and the MU community to celebrate their academic accomplishments.  In order to participate in the ceremony, you have to sign up.  If you don't sign up, you cannot walk.


The ceremony will be held outdoors in the Van Norman Stadium. Your guests do not need tickets. Seating available based on a first-come first-serve basis.  Gates open at 8:30 a.m

If forecasted weather conditions warrant a change of plans for an outdoor Commencement event, the President will make the announcement on Wednesday, May 6th to move the ceremony indoors to Decker Gym. Information will be posted on the Commencement website. If the ceremony is moved to Decker Gym, each graduate is limited to 4 guest tickets. Requests for extra tickets cannot be honored due to limited seating.

Live Video Feed in Steadman

If commencement is held indoors due to inclement weather, guests may view graduation via live video feed from Steadman Theater. Tickets are not required.  Seating will be first-come, first serve.  Click here for live video link.

Live Webcast (indoor ceremony only)

Commencement held indoors will be broadcast via a live webcast link! Invite your friends and family who cannot be here in person to watch you graduate live! Click here to view.

Cap & Gown

All candidates must wear traditional cap and gown.  Attire is available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore.  If you are not able to come to campus to purchase your attire, the bookstore can ship it to you for $9.95.  Contact the campus bookstore at 570-662-4916.  You will need to provide your credit card number, height, degree and address. The bookstore will be open graduation day from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bachelor's Attire:  cap, gown, tassel & hood: $54.45 (includes tax)
(Also worn by Associate Degree and Certificate recipients)

Master's Attire:  cap, gown, tassel & hood: $60.31 (includes tax)



A PSECU (Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union) Cap & Gown Promotion will begin on Monday, March 16, 2015 and run until April 24, 2015. PSECU members who are graduating in May 2015 can go to the PSECU Office and get a voucher to cover the cost (first come, first served til vouchers are gone) of a cap and gown. A valid Mansfield University ID, Driver's License or State ID and verification of your PSECU Account is required. The voucher will cover the cost of the cap & gown ($28.06). This amount does not provide for the hood that goes with the cap & gown. Students will have to pay for the hood separately.  

Any graduating senior who is not a PSECU member is eligible to join PSECU during the promotion dates in order to take advantage of this offer. Membership in PSECU is free. Stop into the PSECU office located in Lower Manser Hall for further details.


Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements are a great way to let your family and friends know you've reached a very important milestone in your life.  Jostens provides numerous packages to fit your budget.  You may also purchase your class ring and diploma frames at Jostens.  Click here to go to their website

Your Diploma

Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremony. Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registar approximately 3 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed.


DVD's - Order in advance

Commencement ceremonies are professionally videotaped and made available for purchase on DVD. This service provides a memorable reminder of the occasion for graduates and their families. To pre-order your commencement DVD go to the Engaged Entertainment website. DVD's are $20.00 and can be ordered the day of commencement.



We do not schedule senior pictures to be taken in advance.  All photographs are taken during the ceremony.  There is no charge to have your photograph taken and you are under no obligation to purchase pictures.

GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement. Photographers will take a picture of each graduate before they approach the Herald, entering the stage, receiving their diploma, exiting the stage and lastly a formal portrait holding the diploma.  GradImages will contact graduates with proofs after commencement.

Attention Graduates and Parents-Click here to register your email and get $5 off with orders of $25 or more

Color Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.


Flowers & T-Shirts - Order in advance

Grads and their families can pre-purchase and reserve their flowers from Commencement Flowers ahead of time, and have them available for pickup the morning of commencement. T-shirts will have the names of all grads printed on them and were sold out last year so don't wait to order! There will be a limited amount available for purchase the day of commencement. Proceeds from this sale go to the Mansfield Foundation for student support and scholarships. This service is coordinated by the M.U. Psychology Club.  

Please go to the Commencement Flowers website to order.



Parking is free; shuttle buses will take guests to the ceremony from campus lots.  Campus Police will assist in directing you to the closest available parking.  Please plan to arrive approximately 1 hour prior to Commencement to allow plenty of travel time to reach campus, park and get seated. 

Six shuttle buses will operate among the parking areas to transport guests to the Van Norman Stadium entrance.

For our Fall Commencement Ceremony,  the shuttle operates 11:30am - 3:30pm.  

For our Spring Commencement Ceremony, the shuttle operates 8:30am - 1:00pm.  


Senior Dedications - Deadline April 17th, 2015

Senior Dedications are an opportunity for grads to acknowledge your family members who helped you achieve their dream of a college education, share a special memory of time spent with friends, or thank a professor who may have had an impact on your success at Mansfield University. Whoever you choose to thank, it will be a memory cherished for a lifetime. Grads, family, and friends who donate will have their dedication printed in the commencement program given as a keepsake on graduation day.  

Graduates: give a dedication to a professor, family member or friend who helped you along this journey.

Family & Friends: take this opportunity to express and words of wisdom to your grad

All contributions over $10 received through this special program will be counted towards your Class Legacy Gift. Plus, you will entered in a drawing for a Mansfield University diploma frame.

Submitting a Graduate Dedication is easy to do! Simply complete the Graduate Dedication form and return it to the MU Foundation along with your payment by Friday, April 17th, 2015. The Foundation is located on the 5th floor of North Hall. If you have any questions, please call 570-662-4294.

The form can be completed online and emailed to the address listed on the form.


Future Commencement Dates

150th - May 9, 2015

151st - December 12, 2015

151st - May 14, 2016

152nd - December 10,2016

152nd - May 2017

153rd - December 2017

153rd - May 2018

154th - December 2018

155th - May 2019

155th - December 2019




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