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FAQ for Undergraduate Students

2010 Nazareth graduates

Undergraduate FAQ

When is UG Commencement?

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. Candidates will enter the Blue Cross Arena at Exchange Street or One War Memorial Square (formerly the Broad Street entrance) - both entrances are handicapped accessible - and must immediately report to the bottom level of the Arena by 8:30 a.m. with cap and gown for check in. You will pick up your name card at the designated registration table. Marshals will direct you to your proper place in the processional lines.

Where is UG Commencement?

Blue Cross Arena - One War Memorial Square - Rochester, New York

How long does UG Commencement last?

The ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. and is expected to last approximately 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Consider that this length of time may be difficult on older adults and young children. Out of respect for fellow classmates and consideration for their families, candidates are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Who is our Commencement speaker?

The Commencement speaker will be announced at a later date.

What is the Baccalaureate service?

This is an interfaith service of thanksgiving planned by the graduates (undergraduate and graduate students). A special speaker will present a brief address. The ceremony is held on Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the Callahan Theatre. Students and families are invited to attend, as are the faculty and staff of the college.

When is the Baccalaureate service?

Saturday, May 9th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callahan Theatre.

How do I purchase my cap, gown and hood?

Caps, gowns, and hoods may be purchased at the Nazareth Bookstore starting in April between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The bookstore will be offering extended hours of operation on Monday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The regular hours for the semester are Monday - Thursday: 9 - 5 p.m., Friday: 9 - 4 p.m., and Saturday: 12 - 3 p.m. (NOTE: Students must have all three items - cap, black gown and appropriate hood - to participate in the Commencement ceremony.) If you cannot purchase your academic regalia from the bookstore in person, you can contact the Bookstore directly by phone (585-586-2690) or by email: to prepay and have the regalia shipped to you.

Regalia Costs:
Complete package (cap, gown, hood, tassel) it is $59.99

If you chose to purchase the items separately:

  • Undergraduate Cap/Gown $49.99
  • Undergraduate Hood: $39.99
  • Tassel: $9.99
  • Shipping: (if needed)

How do I purchase UG announcements?

You can order personalized announcements by calling Balfour at 1-877-BALFOUR (225-3687) or visiting Proper etiquette is to send announcements out in a four week period (two weeks before graduation to two weeks after graduation). In order to ensure proper delivery, announcements should be ordered six weeks before the Graduation Date.

Do we need tickets to Commencement?

No - tickets are not required. Guests will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. Only candidates are allowed in the Candidate Seating Section on the floor of the Blue Cross Arena.

How many people can I invite to Commencement?

You may invite as many people as you would like to Commencement. Guests will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. Only candidates are allowed in the Candidate Seating Section on the floor of the Blue Cross Arena.

How do I know if I am graduating?

Contact the Registrar's Office immediately, if you have not already done so.

When is Senior Banquet?

Thursday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Burgundy Basin Inn for all seniors.

Where do I get tickets to Senior Banquet?

Pick up complimentary tickets at the Information Desk in the Shults Center. You MUST have a ticket to be admitted to the Senior Banquet.

May I bring a guest to Senior Banquet?

No. This is an event for Nazareth seniors only.

How do I get my Yearbook?

Graduating seniors receive a complimentary copy of Sigillum, the Nazareth College Yearbook. That publication will be mailed to students' home addresses late this fall. If the student's address changes over the summer, please contact the Alumni Office so that we know where to mail the yearbook.

How do I order my class ring?

You can order your class ring at or call 1-866-BALFOUR

When is UG Commencement rehearsal?

Friday, May 8th at 4:00 p.m. Graduates will assemble in the Arts Center.

Do I have to go to UG Commencement rehearsal?

Yes, rehearsal is when you are placed in seating order for the Commencement ceremony. If you do not attend the rehearsal, you will be lost at Commencement.

Who do I contact if I can't attend UG rehearsal?

Please call the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at 585-389-2011.

When is Candlelight Service?

Saturday, May 9th at 8:30 p.m. in the Arts Center.

When is Alumni Send off?

Friday, May 8th, immediately following rehearsal in the Arts Center Lobby and Courtyard.

Are there accommodations for special needs?

For the convenience of our guests, a sign language interpreter will be available. Handicapped seating areas are also available for those who are physically challenged. Family members with disabilities should follow the direction signs to the upper level handicapped seating areas at the Blue Cross Arena.

If you are graduating and need special accommodations, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at (585) 389-2875.

Where should I park?

On-street parking is available throughout the downtown area. Parking is also available in a number of municipal garages including:

  • Civic Center Garage, 55 South Fitzhugh Street
  • South Avenue/Stone Street, 39 Stone Street
  • Clinton Square Garage, 75 South Clinton Avenue
  • Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd.
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