Commencement 2023

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The University is planning in-person, outdoor ceremonies for 2023 graduates during the May 19-21 weekend. Please note that all in-person ceremonies and celebrations described below are tentative and contingent on social distancing requirements from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the CDC during the months ahead and are subject to change.

Converse FieldCommencement ceremonies are planned to take place on the Converse Family Field on Main Campus and will include students who qualify for graduation from the Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 semesters.

Spring 2023 Commencement ceremonies will continue with holding Commencement ceremonies according to College, with each ceremony including graduate and undergraduate students together. In addition, each ceremony will include the hooding of the doctoral students, where appropriate.

Each student planning to participate in commencement will be issued 6 tickets.  Graduating students can pick up their commencement tickets from their College Dean’s Office during the week of April 30th. Please bring a photo ID and your confirmation page from completing your Graduating Student Survey in order to collect your tickets. As in years past, each Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on social media for family members and guests to view.

The schedule of Commencement events is planned as follows:

Friday, May 19

10:00 am – Commencement for the College of Business, Innovation, Leadership & Technology (for a list of majors, click here)

Guest Speaker: Mr. Michael K Powell


4:00 pm – Nursing Pinning Ceremony – in the Upper Gym on Main Campus

Saturday, May 20

10:00 am – Commencement for the College of Sciences and Humanities (for a list of majors, click here)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Edward Bersoff


4:00pm – Baccalaureate Mass – Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel on Main Campus

Sunday, May 21

10:00 am – Commencement for the College of Health and Education (for a list of majors, click here)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rochelle Walensky


Important Information for All Attending a Commencement Ceremony

Arrival Time

Each Commencement ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 am.  Graduating students should arrive on Main Campus at 8:30am to allow for student check-in and guests being seated prior to the start of the ceremony.


Parking for students and their guests will be in the Blue and White parking garages.  Security will be monitoring and assisting with parking.  Please enter the parking garages via the Yorktown Blvd. entrances. Students and guests are not permitted to park in surface lots or spaces unless handicap accessibility is required. If accessibility is required, please check-in at the Guard House at the Glebe Road entrance for direction to handicap parking.

Masks and Social Distancing

Currently there are no masking or social distancing restrictions in place in Virginia. Should there be a change in this status, details regarding COVID-19 protocols will be provided as updates are released.


Students must check-in before the ceremonies.  Additional details about the check-in process will be provided closer to the dates of Commencement.

Live Stream

The live streaming link will be placed on the Commencement website during the week of May 14.  In addition, a recording of the live stream ceremonies will be available to download during the week after all ceremonies are completed.


The Bookstore will be hosting a graduation fair on MAY 1st from 10am-6pm.  Caps and gowns, invitations, diploma frames and class rings will be available for purchase. Students may also purchase their cap and gown online through Herff Jones. Click the web links above for further information.

Note: pointed heeled shoes, e.g. stilettos, are not permitted on the Converse Family Field for graduates or their guests.  Low wedges or thick square heels are permitted, and flats are fine!

Latin Honors

Students fulfilling requirements for a bachelor’s degree will graduate with Latin honors if they have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Marymount University and their cumulative grade point average meets or exceeds the following:

  • 3.8 summa cum laude (with highest honors)
  • 3.6 magna cum laude (with high honors)
  • 3.4 cum laude (with honors)

The grade point average is not rounded when calculating honors. Study abroad credits (with the exception of credits earned through Marymount-sponsored programs) are not counted towards the 60 credit requirement for eligibility for graduation honors.

Students participating in Commencement 2023 will have Latin Honors recognized at Commencement if they have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Marymount University and their cumulative GPA is a 3.4 or higher. Students will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar to their Marymount email account notifying them of this achievement the week of May 15, 2023. If you have any questions about Latin Honors, please email or call 703-284-1520.

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