Welcome to the official Commencement Information page at Trocaire College!
The December 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held at UB Center for the Arts on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, with a ceremony start time of 6:00 PM EST. Dr. Stephen Turkovich, President of O’Shei Children’s Hospital, will serve as our commencement speaker.
A ticket is required to attend this event. Only graduates in attendance will have their names announced.
All expected graduates for the December 2023 semester must complete the Graduation Application by Friday, September 29, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.
Graduate Information for the Ceremony
All graduates are to arrive at the venue for line-up and instructions no later than 5:15 p.m. – do not be late!
Graduates must wear their graduation outfits, comfortable shoes, and regalia (cap, gown, 2023 tassel).
This is a ticketed entry event hosted by the college. A ticket must be presented for entry for guests three years old and older.
Expected graduates will receive a set amount of tickets. Guests must have a ticket to enter the ceremony if they are three or older. These tickets are separate from pinning and/or professional recognition ceremony tickets handled by the academic programs.
Commencement Student Speaker
The deadline for Commencement Student Speaker applications is Friday, October 6, 2023. Speakers will be reviewed after the Commencement Committee releases midterm grades.
- December 2023 graduate
- In good standing (academic, financial, and conduct) with the College this includes reaching the benchmark on HESI V1 & V2 for nursing graduates
- Attending the Commencement Ceremony
How Do I Apply:
- Complete the Speaker Application found here: https://my.trocaire.edu/student-graduation-speaker-information/
- Share a written draft of your speech (3-5 minutes spoken)
- Secure a current faculty or staff member to provide a recommendation
- Priority deadline for consideration is October 6, 2023
If chosen, you will receive up to 5 additional extra tickets for guests with priority seating at the UB Center for the Arts. You will also sit on the platform (stage) during the ceremony.
All expected graduates are to complete the Graduation Application to confirm the completion of their respective degrees and certificate programs. Students are to complete this regardless of their attendance status at Commencement.
Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Upon successful completion of this form, students will receive an email to their Trocaire.edu email. If an email does not load, please contact Jonathan Hudack, Director of Financial Aid at [email protected].
Diplomas are mailed to our graduates, who do not have any outstanding holds, after the degree has been conferred.
Conferral dates are as follows:
- Fall (December): January 15
Graduates who have a student hold receive their diploma after the hold(s) are removed.
Please notify the Registrar’s Office if your address or name has changed since you completed the Graduation Application.
Students who meet the following minimum criteria will receive graduation honors which are awarded on the basis of the final cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
- Certificate with merit: 3.40 – 4.0 CGPA
- Degree with distinction: 3.40 – 3.59 CGPA
- Degree with high distinction: 3.60 – 4.0 CGPA
- Degree with highest distinction: 4.0 CGPA
Please note that the Commencement Program is produced prior to the release of final grades. Students will have their cumulative grade point average, based on their midterm grades, factored into their honor recognition at Commencement.
Students with Honors will be announced at Commencement. For example: Jane Smith, with High Distinction.
Commencement Recognition & Cords
Students who are part of the following groups are recognized at Commencement:
- Graduation Honors, announced, no cords
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, must be members of the Alpha Pi Eta chapter at Trocaire
- Alum From Day One, cords
- Veteran and Active Military, cords
- Lambda Nu, cords
Students will be notified of their cords prior to Commencement.
Students may request an electronic copy of their transcript through the Electronic Transcript Request Form on the Registrar’s webpage. Paper transcripts are also available.
Name & Other Information Change
We encourage all graduates to keep their names and other contact information up-to-date with the Registrar’s Office. If you had a name or address change recently, we encourage all expected and recent graduates to update their information on your eStudent Portal.
Students with name changes shall change them prior to Week 5 of the academic semester using the Name Change Request Form. Students who plan on changing their names must provide the additional requested supplemental documents to the Registrar Office through this form.
Diplomas will be mailed after conferral to the address on file with the college.
Graduates are encouraged to keep their contact information current to stay connected!
Diploma – Mailing Address Changes
We encourage students to check their eStudent Portal to ensure their address is current with the college. Students who need to update their address with the college should do so prior to Week 10 of the semester. Diplomas will be mailed to students upon successful degree completion and conferral. Students who need to update their address are instructed to change it using the Diploma – Different Address Than eStudent Form.