Erie Commencement details

Posted: April 8, 2021

Dear Graduating Seniors, Colleagues and May 2020 Alumni,

As planning progresses for our Erie Commencement Ceremonies in May, we would like to share the following updates with you.


Saturday, May 8 (May 2021 Graduates)

10 a.m.

Graduate and Doctoral students, all colleges
Arrival for Students - 9 a.m.

2 p.m.

Undergraduates, College of Engineering and Business
Undergraduates, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Arrival for Students – 1 p.m.

6 p.m.

Undergraduates, Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences
Arrival for Students – 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 9 (May 2020 Graduates)

1 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony for May 2020 Graduates
Arrival for Students – Noon 

We kindly ask that all graduates and guests please exit in a timely manner following each ceremony to provide the necessary time for proper sanitizing and preparation for the next ceremony.


The Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, at the Erie Insurance Arena. There is no Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 8. 

Reservations are required in advance for all graduates and their guests to attend. Tickets will be available in pairs of three (one graduate and two guests).

Class of 2021 RSVP:
Tickets for 2021 graduates who RSVP will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday at Erie Insurance Arena.

Class of 2020 RSVP:
Tickets for 2020 graduates who RSVP will be distributed by Alumni Association during Commencement Weekend activities.


Faculty and staff will not be in attendance at the Commencement Ceremonies due to limited capacity. However, we are seeking employee volunteers to assist in various roles to create an exceptional experience for our graduates. A sign-up sheet will be shared with colleagues soon for those interested in volunteering.

The Ceremonies will be livestreamed for all to join virtually. Visit on the day of the events.


As shared in our previous update, graduating students will each be permitted two guests. 

Tickets will be required for students and guests. They will be distributed with the students’ regalia. Because of this, there is no need for 2021 graduates to pre-register for Commencement. (Pre-registration is only required for Baccalaureate Mass.)

Regalia distribution will take place around April 20–28. More information on this will be provided soon.

For more information, visit:


May 2020 graduates will receive official invitations soon via US mail, email and social media using the information currently available in our alumni database. If you need to update this information, please email as soon as possible.

Registration in advance is required to reserve your spot to attend the Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass. Tickets will also be required for graduates and their two guests. These will be distributed during “Commencement weekend” activities with our Alumni Association. 

For more information and to RSVP by Monday, April 26, visit:

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