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Saturday / May 1, 2021
9:30 AM
2:00 PM
Baccalaureate Mass: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, Indiana

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9:30 a.m. – USF Baccaluareate Mass

2:00 p.m. – USF Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Update

For the health and safety of our community, the University of Saint Francis is committed to requiring face coverings and maintaining physically distanced seating for its commencement events on May 1, 2021.

Mass for the graduates and their guests will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Face coverings are required and guests will be ushered to seats utilizing three feet distancing between parties. Tickets will not be required to attend Mass.

Face coverings and physical distancing will be required at commencement at 2:00 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. These practices are in alignment with reported protocols for other local college and high school commencements scheduled at the coliseum in May and June, and conform to the designated seating in the coliseum arena. Tickets are required to attend commencement. The graduating student must register for the guest tickets and these will be distributed the week of Apr. 19. Based on current registration, students will be limited to four guest tickets each. Guests will be seated in  designated “pods” of 2, 3 or 4 in the arena. Guests from different families will not be seated together and guests from the same party may need to be split into two groups.

Questions can be sent to Trina Herber, Coordinator for Academic Affairs, at or 260-399-7700, extension 6000.

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Participating in Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement this year is open to the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.

You’ve worked hard and experienced the many highs and lows of earning a college degree. Now you take more steps along God’s path. This day isn’t simply the end of your studies. Commencement marks the beginning of the next chapter of your life’s journey. May this celebration of your remarkable achievement be rich with God’s blessings for you and your family.


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Baccalaureate Mass

Graduates and their families and friends, regardless of religion, are warmly welcomed and highly encouraged to participate in this service of thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the same day as commencement at 9:30 a.m.

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Caps, Gowns, & Announcements

You can order caps, gowns, tassels and personalized commencement announcements from CB Graduation Announcements. More information on the dates for the graduation fair will be available as graduation nears.

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Diplomas will be distributed immediately following Commencement to those who have completed all degree requirements (course work, transfer transcripts received, required exams, financial obligations, and loan exit interviews).

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Commencement Cerememony

Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement

The Baccalaureate Mass is an integral part of Graduation Day. Graduating students should arrive in their gowns and caps by 9 a.m. in the Cathedral Center, which is next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, for the Academic Procession. Mass begins at 9:30 a.m. and will last approximately an hour. This provides ample time for graduates and their guests to enjoy lunch before arriving at the Memorial Coliseum for the 2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony. Graduates must arrive between 12:00 and 12:45 p.m. for placement in the Academic Procession.
Faculty with Graduating Student

Faculty and Staff

USF faculty and staff, regardless of religion, are highly encouraged to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 9:30 a.m. Faculty should arrive by 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Faculty who are participating in the Commencement Ceremony need to arrive at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum by 12:45 p.m.
Family Cheering for Their Graduate

Family & Guests

We encourage families and friends of our graduates to take part in their loved ones’ important day. Starting with the Baccalaureate Mass at 9:30 a.m. through the Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m., this is an entire Graduation Day of celebration and recognition of a remarkable milestone in your loved ones’ lives. At the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, be sure to look for the USF photo area in the Rotunda where you may take pictures with your graduate in front of a University of Saint Francis drape.
Faculty processional during commencement

Traditions, Honors & Recognition

Wondering what those different cord colors mean? What is an Honorary degree and how does one become eligible for one? Learn more about special honors and recognition that takes place during Commencement.

Need Assistance?

If you or someone in your party will need special assistance during graduation day activities, either at Baccalaureate Mass or Commencement, please let us know. We’ll do everything we can to make this day as enjoyable and comfortable for everyone in attendance. Please contact us at 260.399.8069 to let us know how we can help.


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