The 2020 Graduation Ceremony has been postponed due to the recent developments with the COVID-19 virus. Xavier is closely monitoring the situation, and will always put our student’s and faculty’s safety and health first. We will update everyone as soon as the details of the postponement are finalized. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Graduation 2019

Graduation is not an automatic process. Students should apply to graduate no later than the application deadline. You must be in good financial standing with the University and have met all the requirements in order to participate in the ceremony.

All graduates are required to wear academic attire (cap and gown) to the Graduation Ceremony.

You are responsible for bringing your regalia on the day of the ceremony. Caps and gowns will not be provided on the day of graduation.

An Honor Cord will be provided by a Xavier staff member the day of graduation to those students who achieved a GPA level of 3.77 or higher. FINAL grades for ALL rotations completed must be entered into SMS in order to be eligible to receive an Honor Cord.

All tickets are general admission. Guests are invited to enter the venue one hour prior to the start of the ceremony to obtain their seats.

The ceremony lasts approximately two hours and will include short addresses by distinguished speakers, the conferring of degrees, and the recessional. The ceremony will begin promptly with the academic procession and the entry of candidates. Members of the official party will sit on stage; candidates and guests will be seated in chairs in the audience facing the stage. Each graduate will be presented on stage, be hooded, cross the stage to receive their “diploma” from the President, and return to his or her seat. The stage party and faculty will lead the recessional, followed by the graduates. At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will have one hour to take photos with their guests, faculty, and fellow colleagues.

More specific instructions will be emailed to graduates approximately one month before the ceremony.


If you receive an honors designation for GPA, this will be noted in the commencement program. You will also be provided with an Honor Cord the day of Graduation if  you meet the requirements.

Graduation Program

All students who have met all graduation eligibility requirements will have their names printed in the program. Graduation programs will be available to pick up on graduation day at our registration table.

Conduct During the Ceremony

Graduation is a time to celebrate and enjoy your achievement. It is also a time to reflect on that achievement and to acknowledge the help and support provided by family, friends, faculty, and staff. You are asked to honor the spirit of this important occasion by conducting yourself in a manner that is respectful to your guests and the guests of others, of your fellow graduates, and of yourself. We ask that you and your guests respect the following:

  • *No noisemakers, whistles, horns, or any other sound making devices
  • *No outside food or beverages
  • *No confetti
  • *No shouting or screaming is allowed during the ceremony
  • *Guests must remain in their seats at all times (unless otherwise instructed). Interactions with the graduates will not be permitted during the ceremony.
  • *Doors will remain closed during the ceremony. Should guests need to exit during this time, reentry will only be permitted during designated times to limit interruptions.

Graduates and guests who do not comply to these above stated regulations will be asked to leave the ceremony.

Special Accommodations

The D’Angelo Center at St. John’s University offers special seating arrangements for those who require special accommodations. Please email with your request.

Diplomas will be sent by Federal Express once you have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar and the Student Finance Department. The “diploma” that you receive on stage from the Chancellor is a sample designed to look attractive in the photographs taken that day.

Graduates can have a family member, friend, or mentor, hood them on the day of the Graduate Ceremony. This person MUST have a valid medical degree. A copy of the license of diploma should be provided with your request. The deadline for an approved hooder is May 10th, 2018. (See Graduation Information Form to complete your request.) We need to know the name and credentials of your special hooder. This information is announced when you walk to center stage to be hooded: “Student X will be hooded by his mother, Dr. X, M.D.” If you do not request a special hooder, one of our Deans will hood you. We will NOT accept hooders the day of the ceremony. Please include your hooder in your final number of guests.

Please see details below regarding the Graduation Ceremony:

  • The hooder will remain in their seats until called to accompany the Graduates to be seated on the left side of the stage following the conferring of the degrees,
  • When your row is called upon the stage, your hooder will follow you up, take a spot near faculty hooders, place the hood over your head, and proceed across the stage with you as your name is called.
  • After you receive your “diploma” and take a photo with the President and the Chancellor, you and your hooder will return to your original seats for the remainder of the ceremony.

Hooders will not be issued a cap and gown and are asked to dress appropriately (business casual, no jeans or sneakers). A hooder may choose to wear his/her own regalia or business attire.

There will be a professional photographer and videographer on the day of the ceremony. You will be photographed as you are hooded and when you receive your “diploma”. All graduates will receive digital copies of those photos.

Further information will be provided for additional photo requests following the weeks after graduation.

I've completed all of my clinical rotations but haven't passed Step 2 CS and/or CK. Am I eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony?

Yes, students who have completed at least 48 weeks of their rotations are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Will I receive my diploma the day of the ceremony?

You will NOT receive your diploma the day of the ceremony. Once you have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar, you will receive your official diploma in the mail. Please understand that your completion and diploma dates and the date of the graduation are independent of one another. Any questions concerning your completion date should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Dress Requirements

Graduates and guests should be dress appropriately. Keep in mind you will be in a gown and it tends to get warm. Business casual is suitable for all.

What time should graduates arrive the day of the Commencement Ceremony

All graduates MUST arrive at the D’Angelo Center at 9:45 AM. We will be doing a rehearsal, interviews, and photos will be taking place during this time. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please email

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