Graduation/Commencement Ceremony Spring 2017

Congratulations to the DeSales Class of 2017! 


Commencement will be held on the campus mall, behind Dooling Hall. 

Baccalaureate Mass

The graduation weekend begins with a Baccalaureate Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19.  All are welcome at Baccalaureate and tickets are not required.  Mass will be held at the same location as graduation.


The graduation ceremony will be streamed live from the DeSales University Facebook page


Graduates will receive 10 announcements.  Additional personalized announcements can be ordered at

Guest Seating

Because the ceremony will be held outside, tickets are not necessary and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.  Guests are also welcome to bring lawn chairs, which can be placed in shaded areas.  

Dinner Dance

Graduates and their families are invited to attend “The Class of 2017 Dinner Dance” hosted by our President, Fr. Bernie O’Connor, in the DeSales University Center immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening.  A buffet dinner, open bar, and music are provided from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.  Reservations are required.  If you need additional information, please contact Mary in the President’s office at 610.282.1100, extension 2030.


There will be a professional photographer at the ceremony who will take a picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma.  A few weeks after the ceremony, the photographer will contact the graduates with information about ordering photographs. 


The University makes available complimentary rooms for graduating seniors and their families for Friday evening, May 19.  Families and students are housed together in the same alcohol-free residence halls.  Housing is not made available for graduates without family members.  DSU security personnel will be making continual checks of the residence hall that evening.  Campus Police can also be contacted at extension 1250.  If you are interested in staying on campus, please contact Mr. Jonathan Osborne, at 610.282.1100, extension 1425. 


If the ceremonies are outside, you will be directed to one of the many parking areas that surround the mall area of the campus, where shuttles will be available.  Trexler Library parking lot will be used for handicapped parking.  In the event of rain, the ceremonies will be moved indoors and the following plan will be in effect:  (1) for the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening, please park in the parking areas adjacent to Billera Hall; (2) and for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, you will be directed to one of the parking areas on the main campus.  Shuttle service will be available from all parking areas to Billera Hall and parking lots at Billera Hall will be used for handicapped parking.  Contact for any parking questions.

Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am to 1:30pm

Campus Mall
2755 Station Ave Center Valley, PA 18034

Event Type

Alumni & Friends, Important Dates


graduation, commencement


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